This is going to sound extremely weird but Osama bin Laden put me on the path I’m on today. Prior to 9/11 I was working in the business end of a handful of internet sites. On September 1st, 2001 I had just began work with a start up who recruited me to be their business manager. They had big plans and I was uber excited. 10 days later two planes crash into the World Trade Center and I’m standing across from a nervous CEO who is handing me a ‘small’ severance check and wishing me the best.
Turns out everyone was scared… no one was hiring.
I ended up designed websites for out of work celebrities. Celebrities who wanted to pay in signed t shirts and mugs. Oddly the bank didn’t take those.
A decade earlier I had done stand up, wrote a screen play and even produced a play. But I knew how hard the entertainment industry was so I walked away to be an adult. No matter how sucky being an adult was.
I knew I loved the interwebs, I knew if I was going to survive I’d have to do it on my own. I also knew I loved being creative and all around showing off.
So I started a humor website called Broken Newz. Day and night I wrote funny. Each day I grabbed new readers. Eventually it was my full time job.
Since then I’ve sold the website and moved on to other things. But I have fond memories of the 7 years I spend day and night at my computer updating and posting satire news. That website changed my life. For the better, of course.