10 Random Facts of Todd
In no particular order...
I got into college as an afterthought Thanks to my best friends Guidance Counselor
During high school, I never even considered the option of going to college. I just wanted to get out of school and get on with my life. But on that day, I accompanied my best friend to his Guidance Counselor to fill out his paperwork. While we were waiting for him to finish, she just looked at me and said: "Hey, you wanna go to college too?" I gave her a nonchalant "Yeah, ok." She gave me enrollment and financial aid papers to fill out, and within a couple months, I got my acceptance letter and financial aid award. I wish I could remember her name. I need to give her a big hug but changing my life.
I have 2 phobias: 1 crippling and 1 mildly weird
Arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) sends me into a jumping and screaming fit like a 5 year old girl. And I have a mild case of trypophobia where I can't stand looking at large holes/pits on people's bodies.
I Am Plagued with a crippling Shyness
I grew up with a crippling shyness.. to the point where I would get panic attacks if I made eye contact with another person I didn't know. It took years of conditioning to have functional interactions with other people. I can still feel it creeping somewhere inside me.
I started out in college studying aerospace engineering
I had this dream of designing fighter planes and rocket ships when I entered college. I knew I was a great student when I would apply myself, but I couldn't hack the entry level math courses. I knew I had to find something else I would be passionate about. I researched getting a design degree but the course list didn't really appeal to me. Luckily I chose a Radio, Television and Film degree with a minor in Writing. One of the best decisions I've ever made. I shaped what I do for love and for money.
I've lived with anxiety and depression all my life. Still do.
For as long as I can remember, I've had bouts of depression like clockwork. It's something that made me very susceptible to suicide at an early age. Luckily, I always found ways to creatively talk myself out of it until the feeling passed. I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and creep up on my at a moment's notice. Breathing techniques have been extremely helpful in managing them.
I Stepped Outside Of This Country For The First Time At Age 50
For most of my life, I never cared about traveling. I was happy at home with my own stuff. My previous job change that, sending me across the country on video shoots. My current Job sent me to London to shoot a training shoot, which marked my first trip outside of the United States (excluding Mexico).
I Plan On Going To My Grave Without Ever Owning A Drivers License
People look at me weird when I say I hate driving. I mean I REALLY hate driving! My father regifted me my first car in high school and the moment I tried to drive it out of his driveway, the rusted axel snapped in two. After that, I never gave a crap about getting behind he wheel. I'd rather spend a fortune on taxis, buses and Ubers, than own a car.
I'm working on beating Type 2 Diabetes for a second time
I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes over a decade ago. A lifetime of bad eating and neglecting my health caught up with me. By the grace of all that is Holy, I met and married an incredible woman who immediately made me go cold turkey with fast food and researched tirelessly on healthy foods I'd love to eat. For a while after that I was pretty health but got lazy once again and let my health slide. Currently, I'm working on changing my daily habits to get myself back on course.
Like most creatives, I feel like my life's work and experience is all a fraud!
One of those unknown things that creatives won't tell you, is that they fear that day when the world finds out you're a talentless hack and everything you've ever done was just 'smoke and mirrors' or plagiarized from more talented people. It sounds like a bad thing, but it's one of those things that keeps us striving to get better.
I have an obsession of watching reaction videos on youtube
I love writing. I love world-building and creating characters and moments that could be considered shocking. So for research I started watching movie, tv show and trailer reaction videos on Youtube, to study the scenes and momentS that generated the most emotional responses. I'd like to say it's still research, but it feels like I'm an empathic vampier leeching off the emotions of reactors online.
Leon: The Professional
Dawn Of The Dead
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Usual Suspects
Buffy / Angel
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Walking Dead
Breath From Another
A Tribe Called Quest
Brand New Heavies
Brand New Heavies
Nation of Millions
Metal Gear Solid V:
The Phantom Pain
2015 • Xbox One
Final Fantasy VII
1997 • PSX1
2001 • Mac/PC
WWF No Mercy
2001 • N64
Star Wars: Knights of
The Old Republic
2003 • Xbox
Resident Evil 4
2004 • Gamecube
War of The Chosen
2017 • Xbox One
1993 • Mac/PC
Here Comes The Pain
2003 • PS2
Fallout: New Vegas