MARK ENGBERG - Born in ‘74 and married in ‘06, I spent the years in between roaming our country in search of something extraordinary. In that time, I’ve had more random jobs than Jack Kerouac: security guard, record salesman, newspaper reporter, pizza chef, etc. But it wasn’t until 2001, when I met my wife in Denver, that I realized I had been ignoring my attraction to cinema and the enticing world of production.My wife’s acceptance to a university on the east coast brought us to Washington, D.C. I started working immediately toward my rekindled goal. Volunteering for documentaries and film festivals, I began my career as a production assistant, forcing my way into the film business with heartfelt dedication and genuine interest. Soon, the festival organizers turned into theatrical stage managers and I found myself working for live performance shows for music and comedy. Whenever Hollywood brought a film or T.V. show anywhere near my town, I made a concentrated effort to get on board. If there were no spots available for a PA, then I sought out acting jobs. One time, I even got hired as Woody Harrelson’s stand-in.
We currently live in New York, where my wife pursues her doctorate in psychology and I continue to freelance for the entertainment industry. In a couple of months, I am beginning classes at the New York Film Academy so I can write, shoot, and cut my own movies. It is my ambition to evolve this education in the technical field into an everlasting career in the creative arts.
But in the meantime, I will forever be enjoying the entertainment of movies. And no matter where this meandering career takes me, I will continue to find time to watch them, love them or hate them, and write about them.