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Tom G.

Los Angeles, CA

$50/hour

Experienced writer: English, writing, public speaking, related fields

Background check passed as of 6/28/12

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Cal State, Northridge

Education

Cal State, Northridge

About Tom

A true professional writer is available for all aspects of writing, English, composition, grammar, etc. With over thirty years in the Entertainment Industry writing for numerous classic television shows, I have established a very close relationship with the English word! From understanding writing, construction, structure, or just how to untangle the web of words that sometimes clog the mind. I have also created a literacy program in which I work with “at risk” high school students. I work with them so they can create, on their own, a one act play which is then preformed by professional actors at their school. This program has been sanctioned and funded by the Writers Guild of America Foundation. Having worked with over 30 separate schools (many as multiple courses over the years), I have gained not only a respect for the individual mind, but have come to not only realize, but prove, that everyone can succeed given the right inspiration and individual attention. I have also worked with students who lack motivation to fulfill their goals or to work with them to help them discover and define just where they want to take their future.

My “method” is simple. I reject negativity, and find the positive in everything. Students learn quickly how to find the “talking points” that stick to them like tattoos to keep them for advancing. What I have learned is that if you truly make a student believe that they can lasso the moon and paint it purple, they will do it! It’s not a matter of simply giving them a “pep talk”, but to work with them, to truly listen to them, and to find the real core of both their concerns, they blocks, and then find their real individual strengths.
A true professional writer is available for all aspects of writing, English, composition, grammar, etc. With over thirty years in the Entertainment Industry writing for Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Group rates available, as well as multiple hour lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90065
Background Check: Passed
Music:
General Music
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Video Production
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I am native born to Los Angeles, and have experience working with English skills for over thirty years, beginning as a child actor, lecturer, teacher, writer-producer-director of television series and motion pictures with over 200 credits to my name. I am an active member of the Writers Guild of America, Writers Guild of Canada, Directors Guild of America, and Producers Guild of America. I have been a coach for public speaking, and both a team coach and individual coach for many of the High School and College Forensic and Debating Society’s, and was myself, both in High School and College, an award-winner in both Forensic and Debating competitions. In addition I have had extensive experience working one-on-one as a tutor. I created a literacy program for both writing and public speaking which was sponsored by the Writer’s Guild of America Foundation, working with both “at risk” and “enriched” students in over fifty high schools throughout the country, and am also the Executive Reading and Writing Consultant for award-winning workshops and seminars. I specialize in working one-on-one, finding specific needs, and creating custom “tools” to work with each student to maximize their potential. I believe in patience, humor, constant positive reinforcement.

Film

I am native born to Los Angeles, and have had over thirty years experience working in the film industry. I began as a child actor, and became, at age 18, the youngest writer to receive a term writer-producer-director contract at Universal City Studios. In the ensuing years, I wrote, produced, and/or directed many of the classic TV series, including “Six Million Dollar Man”, “Man From Atlantis”, “Knight Rider”, “Magnum PI”, “Swamp Thing”, “Baywatch”, and “Thunder In Paradise”, as well as wrote, produced and/or directed over 200 other TV series, pilots, MOW’s, and motion pictures. I worked with some of the legendary directors of cinema, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, Mark Robson, George Roy Hill and John Badham. I am an active member of the Writers Guild of America, Writers Guild of Canada), Directors Guild of America), and Producers Guild of America.

I have also taught film production and film history for the past 25 years, and am a qualified authentication expert and historian of Motion Picture and Television history and memorabilia, from the silent ear to the present, and have worked on many museum exhibits and auctions around the world, including the famous “Debbie Reynolds Motion Picture Auction”, in Beverly Hills, CA, which included some of the most iconic of movie props, including the Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz”, and Marilyn Monroe’s “Subway” dress from “The Seven Year Itch”. I have mentored numerous students of film, both in production and history, many of whom have gone on to great success in the industry, and have had extensive training and experience in all aspects of film and television production including directing, producing, cinematography, editing, music scoring (I was a professional musician and composer), special effects, both physical and computer, story-boarding, stunt sequences and budgeting. I’ve also been an acting teacher for both private and professional individuals, as well as a coach for public speaking, and both a team coach and individual coach for many of the High School and College Forensic and Debating Society’s, and was myself, both in High School and College an award winner in both Forensic and Debating competitions.

I created a literacy program for both writing and public speaking sponsored by the Writer’s Guild of America Foundation, working with both “at risk” and “enriched” students in over fifty high schools throughout the country and am also the Executive Reading and Writing Consultant for award-winning workshops and seminars. I specialize in working one-on-one, finding specific needs, and creating custom “tools” to work with each student to maximize their potential. I believe in patience, humor, constant positive reinforcement.

General Music

I can work with students in music history and music appreciation. I have been involved in music theory as a lecturer on music styles, along with having been a musician (trumpet) for over thirty years. I have also studied opera (performing and directing).

Literature

Please note: the following credentials may sound “highfalutin”, but please rest assure that I have worked with all kinds of students, from special needs to enriched, and from elementary school up to doctoral.

As a tutor in Literature, I have had extensive experience and exposure to all aspects of literature from both European, Asian and American Lit through the ages. I grew up in that world, since my father was an award-winning novelist, both adult and children’s literature, plus a well-respected writer of short stories, essays, as well as a philosopher. Many of my uncles were also professors and scholars of literature, and in fact, I inherited a magnificent collection of some of the greatest books in the world from them. They are now housed in a special library in my home, which I make available to schools and students. I have been a writer myself for over thirty years, both in television and motion pictures, as well as a published author of novels in many genres, including adult and children’s fiction, autobiography and self-improvement, as well as a published poet, short story and graphic novel writer. I can work with students in virtually all fields of literature including medieval from Ancient Greek to the fall of Rome through the fourteenth or fifteenth century; the Renaissance, including the last phase into Baroque; to neoclassical up to the "Age of Enlightenment"; to the Romantic period; the Realist movement up to "naturalism"; and finally into what we perceive as the modern period up to the present day. I am well versed in both the classical periods, as well as the history of both English, Asian and American literature through the ages. I can work with the differentiation of the various modes of literature, from myth, novel, short story, fiction, non-fiction, romantic, tragedy, comedy (and of course tragic-comedy), graphic novel, crime, fable, fantasy, science fiction, western, bio and autobiography, reference, memoir, self-help, educational, and children’s, to name just a few. I can also guide in the discussion of the art of the story, including character, plot, setting, structure, form, genre, narrator, tense, period, etc. Also, I have both the materials and the knowledge to explore the works of the titans of literature, from the beginnings of the structured story-telling of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Euripides, through Milton and Shakespeare, to the explosion of the art of literature throughout the world, including having taught such writers as (in no special order), Dostoyevsky, Melville, Dickens, Kafka, Waugh, Chaucer, Poe, Kipling, Voltaire, Rushdie, Xun, Joyce, Faulkner, James, Woolf, Nabokov, Tolkien, Lawrence, Blake, Austen, Fitzgerald, Proust, Salinger, Wilde, Melville, Twain, Orwell, Wells, Hemmingway, Vonnegut, Hugo, Steinbeck, Tolstoy, (to name just a very few), up to, of course, King and Rowling! I am also an active member of the Writer’s Guild of American, The Writer’s Guild of Canada, The Director’s Guild of America, and The Producer’s Guild of America I specialize in working one-on-one, finding specific needs, and creating custom “tools” to work with each student to maximize their potential. I believe in patience, humor, and constant positive reinforcement.

Public Speaking

I have over thirty years of experience in the Entertainment Industry, as an actor, writer, director, and producer. I am an active member of the Director's Guild of America, The Producers Guild of America, The Writers Guild of America, and The Writers Guild of Canada. I have also been an acting and speech teacher for both private and professional individuals, as well as a coach for public speaking, as well as both a team coach and individual instructor for many of the High School and College Forensic and Debating Society’s, and was myself, both in High School and College, an award winner in both Forensic and Debating competitions. I have also been a professional lecturer and teacher for motivational seminars and workshops in both the Business and Entertainment Industry. I created a literacy program for both writing and public speaking called “The Word First ™” sponsored by the Writer’s Guild of America Foundation, working with both “at risk” and “enriched” students in over fifty schools throughout the country and am also the Executive Reading, Writing and Public Speaking Consultant for the Award-Winning “Write From The Heart” ™ workshops and seminars. As co-author of the best-selling book “Off The Boss”, I have conducted numerous seminars for many corporations, institutions, governmental agencies, and educational establishments, in the art of communication both for sales, training or self-improvement. I specialize in working one-on-one, finding specific needs, and creating custom “tools” to work with each student to maximize their potential. I believe in patience, humor, and constant positive reinforcement.

Theatre

I have thirty years of experience in the Entertainment Industry, as an actor, writer, director, producer. I've been an actor’s coach and public teaching coach for twenty-five years. I've won numerous actor awards and from the National Forensic League. Couch for Forensic League participants’. I am a trained Opera singer (taught by Dr. Scott at his legendary workshops at California State University, Northridge). I created the “Word First Literacy Program” sponsored by the Writer’s Guild of America Foundation, teaching high school students, both writing and public speaking skills.

Video Production

In the field of video and film production I have over thirty years of experience. Starting as a young boy as a child actor who spent more time behind the camera than in front of it, I continued working in production through High School, where I created the first curriculum for video and film production, and found the funding to create the first video and film production class room, to creating the first full production video and film course in my college, and then receiving a writer-director contract at Universal, becoming one of the youngest individuals to do so. I have worked behind the camera in video and TV and motion picture production for over 200 productions, including directing and producing such TV shows as “Six Million Dollar Man”, “Knight Rider”, “Baywatch”, “Swamp Thing”, and “Magnum PI”, as well as creating numerous rock videos, and commercials. I continue to work in production of both video and film, and am an active member of the Writers Guild of America, Writers Guild of Canada, Directors Guild of America, and Producers Guild of America. I have taught numerous courses in both film and video production and film history at both the High School and College level, and have also been a professional director of photography, special effects supervisor and film and video editor. I have also worked with some of the legendary directors of film, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, George Roy Hills, Robert Wise, Mark Robson and Billy Wilder.

Writing

With over thirty-five years as a professional writer I have the experience to work with students who need help organizing their own thoughts, and learn how to translate them to the page. Besides my work as a novelist, short story writer, TV and Motion Picture writer, I also created the award-winning “Word First” Literacy Program both in Los Angeles and New Orleans, where I worked with students with reading and writing difficulties. My approach is one of patience, and humor, and the steadfast belief that everyone has the potential. They just need to find the key to unlock it within themselves. I believe in compete positivity, and custom craft each lesson to each students individual needs.

Cal State, Northridge

Education

Cal State, Northridge

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Group rates available, as well as multiple hour lessons.

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90065.