Aaron Webster is something of a renaissance man so it comes as no surprise to those who know him that since moving to Hollywood, he’s been a busy guy.
Recently, he was an extra in the Spike TV series “1000 Ways to Die” in an episode about dumb things people do. ” I play a construction worker who witnesses a horrible accident. That storyline was like comedy-horror combined,” he said.
But while acting is fun, Webster’s plan for moving to Hollywood had more to do with writing scripts than reading them. His script “Rock-a-bye Road” has a few of the key components to making it happen, including “The script has a director attached, and three stars attached: Jasper Cole, Lee Majors, and Madisen Hill who acts and sings. She won the L.A. Music Awards Pop Single of the Year.” The book, Rock-a-bye Road, was published by Punkin House.
Growing up in rural southern Illinois didn’t exactly provide Webster with a wealth of opportunities to make his artistic dreams come true, but he decided at a young age to do whatever he could. “Because my family moved a lot, I attended 10 schools, and 6 of them just during high school. Art, drama and writing have always been my interests. At Rend Lake College, I did a newspaper comic strip “Third Dumpster from the Sun” (1994-95),” he said.
And, he has always been a writer. “The first time I was ever published was by DC Comics; a review letter in Batman Brave and Bold #196, March 1983.”
Even though Webster has dreamed of writing screenplays for each of his books, he has five novels, Rock-a-bye Road is the first of the odd collection to make it to Hollywood. When Cole agreed to do the picture, Webster posted a link to the Variety announcement on Facebook.
In addition to this screenplay, Webster’s novels include a western, two romantic comedies, and a children’s story about racing. He also wrote an Elvis biography.
And the road to Hollywood was a long one. He spent several years in radio in southern Illinois, did voice-overs for WSIL-TV and spent four years as a sportscaster at the I-57 Dragstrip.
He also made a couple trips to Ho0llywood before making the big move, attending writers’ seminars and making pitches to producers. He also joined Reel Cowboys, an organization of western actors, stuntmen, novelists and musicians.
Rock-a-bye Road is “a Route 66 rock-n-roll caper that ranked well in 3 script competitions,” he said. Though the film does not have distribution yet, Webster is enjoying the opportunity to learn the ropes and break into Hollywood.
“Network with people you meet and follow-up with business cards & emails, congratulate them on their own projects, and don’t be intimidated. Always remember that even limousines get stuck in traffic,” he said.