I'm an independent filmmaker and writer. I've written and produced several short films, a couple pilots for shows, and a documentary.
I've loved stories for as long as I can remember, and consider myself a student of story structure. Being an inside kid, I spent a lot of time daydreaming of weird scenarios or far away worlds. I haven't learned how to daydream less, I've just figured out that if you have a particularly cool idea, you can show it to other people, and they're appreciative for it. So, like the trope you always hear on tv or in movies about the kid who bought a radio or toaster and took it apart, just to put it back together again, I was doing the same thing to stories.
I love collaborating. Some of my favorite times in my life were when I was working on a project, and handed it off to a room of collaborators for each one of them to leave their mark on it as well. When you show someone else an idea, you pass it through the filter of that person's perspective, they help you tear out the parts that don't work, and then offer the best they have to the story. With each person it improves the thing until it's the best version of that thing. Then when your audience connects to it, they connect to not just you, but everyone who helped along the way. It's beautiful really.