Whenever I'm not busy reminding people I'm gay or thinking about how different my life would've been if I was diagnosed as a child—better at video games, actually finished reading a Goosebumps book, would not have picked up that dog turd off the ground and put it in my mouth because my brother told me it was chocolate—I work as a maintenance man in my building.
"Ok, fifteen more minutes. But when I come back downstairs, you HAVE to get up."
-me to a homeless man sleeping by the front door
Maintenance Man took home the jury prize at the 2016 Quickie Fest in NYC making it an award-winning film and making me an award-winning filmmaker. It was then submitted to Sundance 2018 under the U.S. shorts category with a running time of 59 seconds. Did it get accepted? No. Did this level of rejection cause me great pain? Yes. For like, four hours... Then I reminded myself that Joe Biden didn't sign with CAA until he was 73 and I immediately felt better.