Lucky for me, as teenager we lived in an area of upstate New York that was the hub of Broadway set production. When I was 15 I managed to get an interview with the art director of one of the shops. So, I loaded up the trunk of my Mom’s car with all the comic book characters, paintings, sketches, and sculptures I had made. I was hired on the spot for a summer job which led to a work study program through high school, and eventually a full-time job.
I loved it, and I soaked up everything I possibly could from the art department -- how to build absolutely anything out of clay, foam, wood and steel. We built incredible sets for Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Titanic the Musical and many others.