But above all, I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. Whether it was as a seven-year-old, drawing Transformers-inspired robots battling each other; or as an eleven-year-old writing Stephen King horror-infused short stories in school (in which the body count was often high); or when discovering how fun it is to shoot video and make my own short gangster films a la Carlito’s Way when I’m about fourteen; or when picking up the guitar around seventeen and embarking on my first U2-influenced song writing.
After that, I studied more Media, Film, Screen writing, and Literature. And I’m still studying and learning my craft, I expect it to be a lifelong education in which I enjoy attending the school of story, and love it even more as the days and years go by.
During and after my formal educations I had some jobs in Media, TV, on film sets, setting lights and building tracks for the camera, picking up cars and driving people off and on sets, it’s been a rush; I probably watch too many special features and still love the magic of going behind the scenes, to see how film makers create the magic for the audience to experience. Movie making is great.
Though, the pen seemed mightier than the movie camera, so I had a quick flirt with journalism when writing an article about computer software for industries, that, and delivering Swedish morning papers to the average Svenssons became my last jobs before I packed my things and moved to London, for seven years. In London I kept on writing, spending a bit too long writing on my second feature screenplay, before I finally discovered that writing by building the plot with post-it notes and such was not my cuppa tea. I’m more of a coffee drinker.
So during this time of discovering the land of tea (to then move back to the land of “fika” and coffee drinking), from 2007 I lived all across London, doing odd jobs testing video games (not a bad job for someone who grew up playing Super Mario), learning sales and marketing for IT and publications, and dropping into the world of on-line poker deposits and internet security…
Fast-forward to 2014. Probably took me most of these last seven years, plus some years before that, to find my way back to the way of telling stories I’d started out with in the first place. Summing up what I did when drawing Transformers; what Stephen King was telling me all along; what some screen writers can do when drafting treatments; and how great songs are born when the artist just sings it from the heart: they all go where the stories take them.
There’s where I go every day.