Here's the sampler: Dropped out of high school at 17. Worked as a production assistant and coordinator on music videos for Hilary Duff, Fountains of Wayne, and Prince (among others). Lived in Brazil. Got an MA in political theory. And stood on the exact site where Socrates died.
Throughout it all, I've written. Ad copy. Documentaries. Shorts. Feature film scripts (including a few that have sold). And a published academic research paper on the lost city of Atlantis.