CFB: How did you get your start at Universal Orlando?
I started at Universal on
Were you psyched to be a skipper?
It was awesome because I'm a huge movie fan. Being on the Jaws ride was like a mini-movie every 41/2 minutes, and you're the star of it.
You also had early work with
My first entertainment job was with
How did you go from being a performer to being a creator?
I had submitted a script for [Horror Nights stage show] "Bill & Ted." ... Everyone seemed to like it, so they hired me on for one day to help punch up the "Bill & Ted" show in 2002. It was an eight-hour call of me riffing with
That really kind of opened the door for me in Art and Design and to meet people and get a sense who does this stuff here. ... In 2005, I officially became a show director in entertainment. ... It's the sort of mindset of putting yourself out there, seeing what you can do. If you do great, do better. If there are challenges, figure out what they are and keep going and see what happens.
You were promoted last year. Does it feel like a grown-up job?
There are some additional responsibilities. Like with
You had a hand with
It was myself and [Universal show director]
The bar was set high with the first
If you're not nervous about the content you're creating, you're not doing it right. There should always be a sense of excitement and nervous tension in what you're creating, I believe.
As a former skipper, what did you think when you heard the Jaws ride would go away to make room for more Potter?
The reaction for me was definitely bittersweet. But for me, personally, I saw it as an evolution. Again, I was thinking only about myself. In my brain, it was more of an evolution of "There's where I started, and now I have the privilege of being able to create something new right there." ... Then, of course, I went and walked around and rode the ride a bunch of times after that and was very nostalgic.
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