Who The Hell Is Phil?
The Short Version
I’m a former firefighter turned rule-breaker, rebelling against the status quo of social norms and capitalism. I’m also the Co-Founder of BoozeHound, an entertainment company focusing on giving independent artists a level playing field.
I have been a…
- Web designer & Internet Consultant
I’m currently a…
- Screenwriter & Book Author
- Actor / Voice Actor
But, at my core, I will always be a…
- Rule Breaker!
The Long Version
You might be wondering how I went from being in the fire department, a paramilitary organization, to being a rule-breaker. To go from someone with authority to one who rebels against authority? The answer is, I didn’t.
Since my early days of childhood, I’ve never been satisfied playing by the rules or being enslaved to the status quo. I’ve always felt that ideas should be explored fully, without the restraints of following someone else’s rule book. Ideas that question the status quo is what moves us forward and breeds opportunity. Opportunity leads to success.
My first recollection of rebellion was when I questioned my kindergarten teacher. I wanted to know WHY I was supposed to do what they wanted me to do. I was told to just do it, but I resisted. Without understanding the WHY, there is no point in doing something because it’s likely not in my best interest, it’s in someone else’s. It’s about control. Along those same lines, I never believed that you should automatically respect someone just because of a title. Respect and authority must be earned. A uniform or title does not create authority – mutual respect and actions do.
In 1984, at the ripe old age of 14, I joined my town’s volunteer fire department. I don’t really remember how it happened, but I suppose it was a way to find the “WHY”, which I wasn’t getting elsewhere. Not only did the fire service provide the “WHY”, but it also trained me to see the big picture. It allowed me to see the world for what it is (or at least my little corner of it) and see how everything connects together. I also saw things that a 14-year-old probably shouldn’t see – mangled bodies inside a car wrapped around a telephone pole is one image that still haunts me. I suppose nobody should see something like that, regardless of age.
While firefighting is in my blood, and I still miss it, I was forced to leave after ten years because I realized the system is broken. I won’t go into details, but it validated my suspicions that things weren’t right. Authority was held by the wrong people and it was unbalanced. I resigned with tears in my eyes but without regret.
I set my sights on the future with the full understanding that there is no such thing as a level playing field. I decided to create one.