I'm a middle school English and Drama teacher in central Massachusetts, and I've always been a lover of the arts -- from movies, to music, to theatre.
From a very early age, I began writing about what I saw, and pictured myself (among many things) a movie reviewer akin to Siskel and Ebert when I grew up.
While I don't get paid to give "Jake's Takes," it is always a way for me to get that needed recharge from daily life. If anything, this work is more for my own peace of mind and pleasure than ever thinking it will get published or (in the case of plays) performed one day...although that'd be nice.
My family has always been a beacon of support for me, and I hope that my kids see that storytelling and writing in general is an exciting way to express yourself.