In the past year my ex-wife went from being a stay at home mom, who had a life-long dream of being a singer, actress or filmmaker… to finally earning a living on Youtube. This directly affects me, because my two sons Rowan and Ivan are the stars of her videos. It is pretty amazing how hundreds of little girls have a crush on my son Rowan, people recognize him when they go around town. They have the Elf on The Shelf videos and you can find them on Youtube by searching “Danica” or “Rowan.” Or, here is a direct link to their page: My sons and Danica’s Youtube Channel!
In the past year I was a guest with my two sons at a decent sized horror convention that my good friend Derek Young put on.Guests in attendance were Kane Hodder (Jason in many of the Friday the 13th movies), Mark Torgl (the original Melvin who got turned into The Toxic Avenger) and many other celebrities and also filmmaker friends I know from around Virginia.
Also, my sons got even better at art! Here is some new art my sons created recently:
While on the subject of art, some time in the past year I got the opportunity to paint my first painting since I was a teenager! Check out the video:
How To Paint a Brilliant Painting- by John Birmingham
In the past year I have moved homes 5 times!!! The first move was back in December of 2014. There was an opportunity for me to move into a giant 6 bedroom home (nearly 5000 square feet!) in an upscale neighborhood, the whole house to myself. It was my childhood home growing up and my parents still owned it. I was very pushy about it and had wanted to live in the house again for a long time. I moved into the home and for the first time in close to 4 years of celibacy, I got very, very confident and started going out and dating, looking for a soulmate of sorts. I usually went on at least one or two dates a week, trying to find a good match. It was a big chance from being an introvert for more than 3 years before that. I finally found Tyler Moore, a beautiful girl who is a tattoo artist, and it was just a great experience living in this near mansion sized home all to myself, and then her moving in…
Here are some more pics of family while I was living in that giant house:
Somewhere near the end of the time I was living in that house, I got into an argument with my parents, who were employing me, and I was having difficulties I couldn’t explain… Tyler and I had to break up. I decided to move to Los Angeles to work in entertainment and quit working for my parents. It was a big, difficult move, actually I had to move 4 more times in a matter of a few months, to be able to move my children and ex-wife out of the house they were living in that I owned, was planning on selling that, totally rehabbed the house almost entirely by myself… I finally moved out to Los Angeles… but it had changed a lot. I felt very uncomfortable, unwelcomed, and in general didn’t like the way it had become. After wanting to live in Los Angeles since I was 12 or 13 years old, finally moving out there to go to school and being forced to come back home for financial reasons… I had waited an additional 10 years to finally be able to move back, waited the whole time I was back in Virginia, and had loved the city of Los Angeles and wanted to go back almost the whole time… however, it only took me 4 days out there to see that it was no longer the city for me. It was very sad to see that dream of mine totally gone… but I rationalized that I can produce Youtube videos or feature films or even music from anywhere really, and it is better to be in a safer city that I feel more comfortable in. Besides, I don’t really like comforming to the politics and interests of some movie studio, studio executive, big producer, etc… I would rather be self-employed on Youtube. Not to mention the rent for a shoddy, I mean very cheap quality little one bedroom was $2900/month (I can only imagine when the big earthquake they are expecting hits if many of the homes and apartments are of that quality building material. I hope to God the good people of L.A. will be okay)… and I just wasn’t into what they thought was so trendy. For less than half of that I could have stayed in that giant home back in Roanoke, with a decent yard and people who are more like me in terms of my values, morals, political beliefs, etc. I just couldn’t see myself out and about, away from my own home for 12 hours every day on movie sets, just to barely pay my bills. I had it much better in my smaller town in Virginia, so I decided to stay here for now.
Check out some of the close to 100 videos I have uploaded to my Youtube page since my last website update!