"Fiction is entertaining, but truth hits you right between the eyes."
Blaine Parker is a national-award winning writer and voiceover performer. He's written a number of screenplays that are circling various levels of Development Hell. Once upon a time, he was a finalist in the Chesterfield Fellowship program, and has won several cooking competitions in both chili and barbecue. But Blaine’s first media award came when he was 12. He wrote a truly bad joke that aired in the Saturday night Creature Feature movie program on New York City TV.
Blaine is also an amateur pizzaiolo and author of the bestselling book, Free The Pizza! It tells the story of how you will make your first pizza. Several readers admit that it's the first cookbook they've read cover to cover.
Blaine has crossed the Atlantic twice in small sailboats, and has helped win big, ornate silver trophies for some of the last of the Corinthian sportsmen. Also, ask him about the time he had eight Boston cops pointing sidearms and shotguns at him. Or, well, um, on second thought...
Blaine has served time in stand-up comedy, as well as film production and location management. A graduate of Boston University, he spent a lot of time inside WBCN radio when it was still practicing guerilla radio at the commercial level. Sometimes, his writing made it on air there.
Along with his wife and business partner, The Fabulous Honey Parker, Blaine has spoken in front of audiences ranging from several dozen to several thousand on stages across the United States and in Asia. He believe the most interesting venue was an enormous conference center in Malaysia that features a giant water park built on an old pit mine. (Here in the US, it might more likely have been a Superfund site.)
Blaine’s scriptwriting career has been well served by writing under the gun within the rigid confines of broadcast advertising. Making a story sell in 60 seconds or less requires discipline that transfers well to screenplays and TV scripts, where each page must be a persuasive advertisement for the page that follows. Over the years, he has written several screenplays, been hired to punch up others, and has co-written and sold several more with Honey.
Honey likes to say that Blaine has the voice of a much taller man. That’s one of the reasons he’s a member of SAG-AFTRA. You may have heard him selling you anything from State Farm Auto Insurance to Cheez-Its. He is also proud to have spent two years as the national voice of Papa John’s Pizza in the UK, despite pronouncing “basil,” “oregano” and “tomato” as a 100% American.
PARTING THOUGHT: "Redundancy often bears repeating."