R. Lee Brown
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Lee Brown is fast, funny, intuitive and able to establish a rapport in seconds. His work is intelligent, insightful, innovative and a dozen other words that start with "in" - Of all the creatives with whom I've had the opportunity to work as an actor, writer, producer, director and videographer, Lee Brown is the one who writes the best work for me in my "voice," seemingly effortlessly, (although he burns the midnight oil to make it perfect.) When working with Lee, our discussions quickly reach a place of interactive "short-hand" when dealing with ideas and concepts. Lee makes the collaborative process a true joy. Work should always be this much fun. It is RARELY this fun. I'm only sorry that we're on opposite coasts or we'd be working together on a much more regular basis. Whether it's film, television, documentary, instructive or interactive video, an essay, a novel, or a fast short story or article; the creative writing world needs more from R. Lee Brown!Jan 27, 2014
I've worked with Lee on many projects dating back over 20 years. Most recently he has helped edit and shape my latest bestselling books. He's attentive to detail, very smart and, most importantly, understands the nuances that take a project from ordinary to top notch.Jan 27, 2014
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- How did you get started doing this type of work?A good producer/actor friend of mine put it very succinctly: "You don't write because you want to, you write because you HAVE to." That's a very accurate statement. I have always felt compelled to tell stories; while some people naturally gravitate to sports and some to visual arts, my calling has been writing. Apparently I started storytelling from a very early age; before I could even use a pencil I narrated stories to my mother to transcribe. I had once harbored the idea of becoming an illustrator, but I was not satisfied with my level of talent. I soon realized that it was the stories that I wanted to illustrate that motivated me. My fascination with words soon expanded beyond fiction; no matter the subject, everything written is telling a story.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Projects have run the gamut from product overviews to infomercial scripts to editing electronic books and ghostwriting short stories and autobiographies to being a script doctor (which is really a combination of editing and ghostwriting with story consultation for screenplays and teleplays). I continue to do video post-production for short projects as well.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Two things - look for someone who is open to collaboration (you are the collaborator!) and try to supply as much source material/information as possible. If it is your story or your industry, you are the expert. I look to you for guidance and knowledge of your subject. For example: I had a client who wanted me to ghostwrite a short story. The premise: "I have an idea for a story about someone who experiences a second life in a mysterious book." Unfortunately, they had no idea who the protagonist was, what his/her current life was, what the "second life" entailed or even the subject of the "mysterious book." I can write stories from that little starting point, but it takes much longer (as I'm inventing the entire thing from scratch, without benefit of the original spark of an idea.)