When I was 14, I applied to an art school in Chicago wanting to attend classes in photography. My father drove me down and I took the entrance exam. My score was 98 out of 100 on the photography exam, but when they found out that I was only 14, they said I couldn’t enroll until at least 16.
I was disappointed, but kept making little films and shooting photos anyway. Fortunately Waukegan Township High School offered a yearlong photography and filmmaking class when I was a senior. David Whitmore and Phil Lawrence were my teachers. I began shooting in earnest, won some awards and even freelanced for The Waukegan News-Sun. It really was a great jumping off point for everything I do today.