If you’ve been following my creative writing career at all, you’ve likely seen at least one of the books pictured above. The series started about three years ago when I decided to treat my writing like a business instead of a hobby. The idea here was that, instead of just asking people for their advice on how to present myself and make a living from my writing, I would capture their advice and share it with the world.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve launched the podcast titled MILITARY VETERANS IN CREATIVE CAREERS.
This is a podcast where we discuss how veterans can transition into creative careers such as writing, acting, directing, producing, and even sometimes art and dance. We bring on amazing interviewees, and I’m sure you will love it!
Check it out, and leave a review please. Thanks!
And to celebrate, I’ve dropped the price of the Military Veterans in Creative Careers book to $0.99 – so now’s the time to get it if you haven’t yet!
Who are we?
Tom Morkes is the CEO of Insurgent Publishing, a book publishing and marketing company responsible for numerous bestselling books, the author of “The Complete Guide to Pay What You Want Pricing,” and the creator of PublishersEmpire.com, a community, training program, and book launch platform for indie and self-publishers.
Tom has marketed and published books that have been featured on Forbes, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, as well as have reached USA Today, Amazon, and other international bestselling lists. Tom is considered a thought leader on growth hacking, pricing, and digital products and has been interviewed or featured on leading publications, including Forbest, Business Insider, ArtofManliness.com, and Growthhacker.tv where he’s been featured alongside the people behind Twitter, Dropbox, and Apple.
Tom is also the co-founder of HighSpeedLowDrag.org, a website devoted to helping veterans make the transition from military to business and entrepreneurship.
Tom is a West Point grad, Iraq War veteran, and spent his last year in the Army in a Special Forces Airborne unit where he got paid to jump out of helicopters.
Trevor Scott is a Los Angeles-based actor who has appeared on television shows such as Criminal Minds (CBS), Enlisted (Fox), Days of Our Lives (NBC), The Young & The Restless (CBS), and General Hospital (ABC), and has had lead roles in the films Zulu 6, Book of Choices, and Texas Zombie Wars. He has appeared in numerous national commercials as well. Trevor recently was seen starring on stage in “Tracers,” directed by John Difusco and co-produced by Rogue Machine Theatre and USVAA. L.A. Weekly declared the play their “Pick of the Week,” singling out Trevor’s performance as “particularly compelling.” Trevor holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University and has also studied at Lesly Kahn, Margie Haber, and The Groundlings. In addition to his acting career, Trevor served five years in the 1-506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in the U.S. Army, completing tours in both Ramadi, Iraq and Wardak Province, Afghanistan as an Infantry Sergeant.
Justin Sloan is a video game writer on such titles as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, as well as a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of such fiction books as Falls of Redemption and non-fiction as Military Veterans in Creative Careers. He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. Justin is also a co-host on the Self Publishing Answers podcast.
Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy. He currently lives with his amazing wife and children in the Bay Area, where he writes and enjoys life.
A few years back I realized I could no longer ignore my creative passions, and that I never should have ignored them to begin with. The problem was that, when exiting the military, I had no idea what it meant to actually make a career out of what I loved to do. Now I am living the dream, or at least my dream, as a writer on the games Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead at Telltale Games, as well as a novelist and screenwriter.
It is with this in mind that I’ve set out to ensure others no longer have their doubts. Too often the problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, but I’ve written my advice and interviewed military veterans who have gone on to follow their dreams. Many have succeeded, and many have at least seen progress toward success. Regardless, all are doing what they love, and they have shared their stories and advice with us in my book, Military Veterans in Creative Careers.
James Bane was born and raised on Dale Hollow Lake near Celina, Tennessee. He was a fun loving, goofy kid. Fortunate enough to have received football and academic scholarships to Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky, James majored in Communications and Theology, earning his Bachelor of Arts in both. He graduated Marine Corps bootcamp in August 2001, and served in Iraq in 2004 and 2006. After an Honorable Discharge in 2008, James went on to graduate from the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Dramatic Arts in 2013, with an MFA in Theatre. He now resides in Hollywood, California.
Find interviews like this one on the Military Veterans in Creative Careers podcast.
BIO: Trevor Scott is a Los Angeles-based actor who has appeared on television shows such as Criminal Minds (CBS), Enlisted (Fox), Days of Our Lives (NBC), and General Hospital (ABC), and has had lead roles in the films Zulu 6, Book of Choices, and Texas Zombie Wars. He has appeared in numerous national commercials as well. Trevor recently was seen starring on stage in “Tracers,” directed by John Difusco and co-produced by Rogue Machine Theatre and USVAA. L.A. Weekly declared the play their “Pick of the Week,” singling out Trevor’s performance as “particularly compelling.” Trevor holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University and has also studied at Lesly Kahn, Margie Haber, and The Groundlings. In addition to his acting career, Trevor served five years in the 1-506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in the U.S. Army, completing tours in both Ramadi, Iraq, and Wardak Province, Afghanistan as an Infantry Sergeant.
Find interviews like this one on the Military Veterans in Creative Careers podcast, where Trevor is a co-host!
My book Military Veterans in Creative Careers on Amazon for pre-order (available 7-4-15).
And we all like free stuff, right? Well to celebrate the publication of this book, I have a couple freebies:
2) If you order a print copy and leave an honest review, shoot me an email and I will give the first 5 people to do so a signed copy of the book and a digital copy of the audiobook when they come out, AND a digital copy of the Creative Writing Career audiobook now. If you aren’t one of the 5, you will be entered into a chance to be one of 20 people to get the audiobook free when it comes out.
And stay tuned, because I will be announcing other freebies and giveaways shortly!
(The above applies to U.S. and U.K. customers only, sorry)
Many of our nation’s men and women exit the military without a clue of what to do next. Others pursue their passions, doing everything they can to break into the life they’ve always dreamed of.
This book provides guidance on how to follow your passions, and includes interviews with MILITARY VETERANS who have gone on to creative careers.
– People in Video Games (writers, producers, and more)
Brought to you from the author of Creative Writing Career, this book will serve as your mentor and guide as you too pursue your passions.
CALL TO ACTION: If you would like to be part of this campaign and help spread the word, email me at SloanArtist@gmail.com. I am happy to provide #free review copies to those of you willing to post an honest review.
Thank you for your support!
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Nominated for an Emmy and named “Boston’s Best Meteorologist” by Improper Bostonian magazine, Christine was a Geology major with a love of theater when she landed a part time job as a weekend weather reporter in Missoula, MT. Four months later she was recruited by the NBC affiliate in nearby Spokane, WA. Three years to the day from her first weather job she was flying across the USA to work for NBC in Boston.
Christine has hosted, anchored, forecast and headlined newscasts for top rated stations across the country including KABC in Los Angeles, WCCO and KMSP in Minneapolis, and WHDH in Boston. Her live severe weather coverage and severe weather programming has garnered several station Emmy Awards and her work as host of “The Snow Snow” in Minnesota led to a Hirsch Broadcasting award for Sports programming in it’s first season.
Since moving to Los Angeles she has gone on to appear in movies and television series including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 90210, The Closer, Hallmark, Lifetime, and 4 seasons of Desperate Housewives. Off camera, she runs http://www.clayburgcreative.com, working as media consultant and producer. Her company assists businesses, individuals and non-profits alike in techniques to make their stories more approachable and media friendly.
After many years covering natural disasters she enlisted with the Air National Guard as a loadmaster on the C-130 Hercules. As a loadmaster she supervises all aspects of loading, weight and balance, preflight and airdrop operations. She is an expert marksman who has deployed twice for Operation Enduring Freedom, completing many successful missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her additional work as an Airlift Control Loadmaster includes managing readiness and rapid response for national and international disasters. She is also an Air Force instructor, teaching aircraft load planning and emergency response airlift operations to the sister services, NASA, Lockheed Martin and other government contractors to ensure rapid coordinated airlift response worldwide.
A solitary outdoors fanatic, she has climbed numerous North and South American peaks as high as 22,842′, kayaked solo for a week through the Apostle Islands on frigid Lake Superior, bicycled from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast Highway, completed Olympic length triathlons and traversed the Sierra Nevada alone.
She is certified Meteorologist with a B.S. in GeoScience, an Airdrop qualified C-130 Loadmaster and an Air Force instructor.
Find interviews like this one on the Military Veterans in Creative Careers podcast.
Born in Detroit, Max Thayer has appeared on stage, screen and television. After being drafted into the Army he served for three years and headed for Hollywood after his discharge. Conventional stage credits include: American Soldiers at the Hollywood American Legion, What Price Glory? for the Liberty Theater also at the Hollywood American Legion, and The ReBirth at Theater Unlimited. He has also performed in the acclaimed experimental theater production, Liquid Theater at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and got his start in show biz doing street theater in Venice California. Film credits include: Charlie Wilson’s War, SWAT, Iron Eagle, No Retreat No Surrender 2, Planet of the Dinosaurs, and American Gun in which he played James Coburn’s grandfather in a flashback sequence in that great actors last film. Television saw him guest star on Corey in the House, Head Cases, Benson, and Diagnosis: Dead or Alive. Max makes his home in Los Angeles where he continues to live and pursue the dream. (more…)
Brian McLaughlin is a film producer and president of Emerald Elephant Entertainment with over fifteen years of film experience and over 25 years of international experience. He has produced four feature films, all acquired for worldwide distribution. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA and was selected for the 2015 Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project. He was the Media Production Advisor on General Petraeus’ advisory team in Afghanistan, a visiting professor in the film department of the University of Notre Dame, and an instructor at the Los Angeles Film School, Cal State San Bernardino, and The Art Institute of Tucson. His films have won several awards, including two Accolade Awards of Excellence. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve as an Infantry officer, most of that time assigned to Special Operations Command Europe, with call-ups for Bosnia and Operation Enduring Freedom, and other assignments as an Airborne Pathfinder commander and general’s aide. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame and an MBA from Boston University. Brian was recognized by Notre Dame as an Exemplary Asian Pacific Alumnus and has been three-time president of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona. He has a son, Collin.
Christopher Allen is a United States Military Veteran. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. His military training and career began at Lackland AFB and continued on at Keesler AFB where he earned his Airway Science degree and became an Air Traffic Controller. Christopher is proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force and is excited to continue to provide a different kind of service by entertaining the masses. One of his first television appearances was on ABC’s hit show Scandal, and he has performed on stage stateside and across Europe. Christopher continues his training at The Groundlings Advanced Improve class.