Story – Robert McKee's Creative Storytelling Magazine Issue 005 – Drew Carey - Page 38

MCKEE INTERVIEWS MARK WHITNEY to see the way people seem to have abandoned their ideals and let a bad act on a single day redefine our society. I would be upset at how willing people seem to be at the notion that an entire free system should be reversed engineered on the altar of something bad that happened one day that defies any sort of statistical measurement. So I would be upset by that, but I wouldn’t be able to articulate in any great detail why I was upset. It would just be a visceral feeling as an artist, as an entrepreneur. RM: If you hadn’t gone through the judicial system the way you did, would you think you would have still found your way to wanting to do standup? MW: Absolutely. We moved to Southern California from New England in the summer of 2000. If you watch my show, you know that there are a lot of things that we were moving away from, but there were also a bunch of things that we were moving to, and one of the things that were moving to was being in an environment that had a comedy club and show business. When I was 18, the day I got out of high school I was going to get in the car and drive to New York City and I was going to be an actor. I had an aunt who was a lead actress in the soap opera Another World. I had con- nections down there. She lived in Westport, Connecticut and commuted down to New York. I fell in love with a valedictorian in the last week of school, and then we had kids, and you give them one meal and they want another. You know how they are, so it’s a 20-year timeout. To sort of flex my creative juices, I ran an advertising agency for a few years and I built these little companies, but it was all creative. Everything I created was due to my ability to write, and it’s only the last couple of years that I identified myself first and foremost as a writer. I look back over my career of 30 years as an entrepreneur and as a guy that did advertising for years, worked in TV and radio and for a while did seminars across the country and it’s all related to writing; it’s all about the writing. Without the writing, I wouldn’t have had anything. When we came to Southern California, the whole idea was that when my kids were grown, I was going to pursue a career as a performer. Story Magazine // Issue 005