I am a writer. I am a filmmaker. After years of self doubt, financial setbacks and health issues, I am finally attempting to share my art with the world.
I was born in Culver City, CA (technically in a Los Angeles hospital) in 1981. I spent the first ten years of my life there before moving to Sacramento, where I still am. In a few years, I might head back to the Los Angeles area, or at least close enough to commute. I think it would be nice to eventually live in Santa Barbara.
Aside from regular childhood experiences, the most memorable moment I had in relation to my desire to be a filmmaker was when an episode of The Wonder Years was filmed on my street, and a snippet of my house was in the show. I had an interaction with three actors on the show: 1. Josh Saviano, who tried to spit at me for no good reason. 2. An extra (I think his name was Brandon Crane, but I am not sure) who was pleasant and informative. He seemed like someone I could hang out with. And 3. Fred Savage, very brief interaction, but extremely polite and nice. Despite being spat at, I had always been interested in film production since, but never thought how or where to explore it until I was in college.
I went to college on and off for a long time, dabbling and figuring out what I wanted to do. I graduated high school in 1999, but I didn’t get my AA degrees until 2006! Yes, that was degrees – plural. I have two AA degrees, one in Liberal Arts and one in Humanities, both from Sierra College. In 2008, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English (Creative Writing Focus) from California State University, Sacramento.
I do have a day job at a financial institution, but I know that isn’t the career path for me. In addition to that, I have my own non-profit (for now), low budget production company entitled: Don’t Smile Productions (www.dontsmileproductions.com) which I am co-president of with local stand-up comedian, Mike Betancourt.
I am recently recovering from chemotherapy. It was a rough several months (Oct 2011-March 2012), but I think I am done. I was diagnosed with stage 3b colon cancer on August 23, 2011. All signs currently show that it is gone, but I obviously have to keep getting check-ups. At 30 years old and having no genetic history of colon cancer, and not many relatives who have had cancer, my conditions for getting it were extremely rare and baffled the doctors as to why I had it; but it happens. I am a free thinking atheist and the experience definitely changed me, but not in any religious ways.
Aside from filmmaking, I’m very much interested in being a copywriter, writer for hire, editor or proofreader if need be. If you wish to contact me for any reason, please send me an email – jonflom (at) gmail (dot) com.
Last Revised: 04/17/2012