I’m going to take a second to explain my story.
Not my book, there will be plenty of time for that later, but me, myself.
VIDEO VERSION (youtube link to my startwritingabook intro video)
I want to give everyone who is interested in my site a chance to know who I am and what I am all about
First of all, my name is Jason Kucharik.
Beyond this blog, you can find me on Twitter and Facebook below.
I grew up in a town called Northampton, which is located in Mideast in Pennsylvania. It’s roughly an hour north of Philadelphia.
My parents tell me that I’ve inquisitive ever since they can remember. Always wanting to learn, or understand how things work. My father had an Atari 2600 when I was younger and our first computer was an IBM which had a 12 Mhz processor in it…yes you read that write.
I mention both of these antiquated pieces of technology because I think they played a huge role in the birth of my creative side. Not only did I play games on the Atari, but I remember playing ‘text adventures’ on our old IBM. The games only involved text, no graphics, and would describe the situations you were in and then ask how you would like to proceed. Not really as gripping as the newest Call of Duty game, but interesting none the less. Once we upgraded to a 60 Mhz computer (oh ya) my Father brought home Doom from a friend at work. Consider mind…blown.
As I got older I convinced my parents to get me a Playstation on my…13th (I think) birthday. We’re talking the original gray, square one. Not only were the graphics much better then a lot of the games I had played on PC up to that point, but the games started offering more engaging stories. Since then, I’ve gotten a PS2, and PS3 and I’ve always gravitated towards games that were rich in story and engaging I wanted to be sucked into the world I was playing. The first time I recall this happening was Metal Gear Solid.
As a side note, I also got involved in Sci-Fi and Fatasy movies as I grew up. Movies such as Star Wars, Aliens, Star Trek and Fifth Element to name a few. The complexity of these worlds always fascinated me.
In high school, my love for games and movies got me involved in a few art classes. Unfortunately our art teacher was fairly pretentious and seemed to hate her job, so I did not pursue more then a few classes. I did however get involved in Photography(different teacher). I wrote quite a bit of personal pieces (poems and such) in high school that have yet to see the light of day. I’m unsure if they ever will.
My first year of college was spent studying photography and graphic design and my love for video games continued with Socom and online game play After my first year I moved to Orlando Florida to go to Full Sail University and study 3D Computer Animation. This was one of the best years of my life as I was surround by very creative and passionate individuals who shared a love for games a movies. My love for movies and game which told engrossing and engaging stories continued to flourish, and I constantly thought of ideas or stories I would be interested in seeing in some form.
After college I moved back to Pennsylvania for a few years, and fell away from the 3D animation industry for a bit. I actually contemplated joining the military for a little while and gained a sense of personal discipline when I lost 50lbs training for Basic Training. Even though I never ended up joining the military, the experience leading up to it taught me a lot about myself. I began writing a lot more about life in general and my thoughts after coming home again.
In the end of 2010 I move out to San Diego to pursue a career in 3D animiation and train under a friend of mine from school who had already made a successful career out of it. 9 months of dedication, a freelance job, and some exposure to the true nature of the entertainment industry allowed me to understand why it wasn’t for me. I continued writing quite a bit as a way to deal with being so far away from my family and friends.
I began looking at other career options.
Since I had time, I started writing some short stories that have been in my head since College. Pieces I had came up with and never got a chance to use. I focused on piece in particular and I just started building this massive world in my head. It gained traction and it wasn’t long before I knew that I had to Start Writing a Book. The large amount of information leads me to believe it will probably be 3 different books once it’s all said and done.
Upon sharing the idea with my friend from school who was helping me with my animation, he suggested I start a blog. Not only to help with my creative process and organize my thoughts, but also to connect with other writers and gain buzz about my book.
So…here I am, making it happen!