The Blvd. of Broken Dreams
The first time I was on a set was when I was 17; A high school buddy of mine had some ins and we made some nice fast cash over the summer. Beat the hell out of working at some fast food joint or working in a mall both of which I'd already done and had more than my fill of.
I never though that I'd end up making a career of moving furniture for the stars. I figured, I'd put a few months in and then go back to writing my great American novel, like my heros Keourac, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald.
33 years later and I'm still at it.
Granted, I've had some breaks and diversions but at the end of the day, when I received a letter about my pension and it shows I've got over 70.000 credited hours, I obviously am a lifer.
I've certainly had a good run. I've worked with some of the best directors out there; Ridley Scott, David Lynch, James Cameroon, David Fincher, to name-drop just a few.
I've been paid to travel around the world.
I've joked around with Robin Williams, flirted with Jaime Lee Curtis who flirted back, shot hoops with Rollergirl, got training advice from the Terminator; swaped stories with a guy in the movie Platoon.
I've also had more than my fair share of tragedies; from freak accidents, to early cancer victims, AIDS and so much in between.
There's a reason my spirit creature is a cockroach.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.