I started performing professionally at age 8. By the time I got out of HIgh School I had appeared in four or five films and a handful of TV shows and knew what kind of work I wanted to do, so I started in acting or, to be more precise, waiting tables. It took about two years, but at age 20 I started making a living as an actor and managed to sustain that for over 20 years.
By the time I was in my late Twenties/early Thirties I had acheived almost everything I wanted (small part in a big film, big part in a small film, etc) and found myself working behind the camera on a huge and hugely expensive effects picture thinking "there has to be more than this". So I started writing.
It was screenplays at first, naturally, but then I gravitated towards non-fiction about subjects that interested me. Maybe it's the arrogance of the auto-didact (I never went to college but I do consider myself an educated person) but my curiosity about things like music, the environment, and food and wine led to a point where I was actually publishing on those subjects - in magazines, mostly, but also in two books: TALES FROM THE JUNGLE - a Rainforest Reader (Crown, 1996), and EIGHTY EIGHT KEYS: the Making of a Steinway Piano (Clarkson Potter, 1998). The second is now in it's fourteenth printing and on its second publisher; I'm happy to say it's found a life on its own.
So I continue to pursue subjects of interest to me - lately it's been a series of biographical sketches of the leaders of the Steinway company - and trying to figure out what The Reader wants to read, and The Pubisher wants to publish. If anybody figures that out, please let me know.