An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!
Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 60 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.
For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews
Che is a proud graduate of the School of the Art and has featured many SOTA alums, including Britton Bradford, Kayoz Fortune, Ajani Jeffries, Marguerite Frarey, Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr., Willis Ajamu Brooks , James Kegler, Taye Diggs, Evalyn Gleason, Adrian DiMatteo, Saadiq Muhammad and Aleigha Spinks.
Today, Che features SOTA alum Biz LaChance, also a graduate of Monroe Community College.
Biz LaChance ; A Published Author Making His Way In The World Of Literature
In this highlight we turn our attention to an a wonderfully talented author by the name of Biz LaChance. I asked Biz a series of questions. Here are his responses.
Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.
I was born and raised here in Rochester, NY.
I attended quite a few schools before reaching School of the Arts where I graduated. Along the road I attended McQuaid Jesuit, James Monroe, School Without Walls and then finally School of the Arts. This is when I was first immersed into creative writing. Although I didn’t take it seriously, I got to learn about theatre and film, and was able to walk away with a regents diploma.
After that I attended Monroe Community College, where I received an Associates Degree. My field of study changed from Communications, to Liberal Arts and at the end I took an interest in English.
What inspired you to be an author? Early experiences worth sharing?
The time spent at School of the Arts, hands down, is what gave me every inspiration to be unique, creative, and to stand out against the crowd. The Creative Writing staff (even if I didn’t see it then) are second to none. They are what sparked my interest in film and playwriting, but writing a book, Murder inK, was one of those things that just sort of fell from the sky one November morning back in 2011.
Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.
In January of 2017, I was released from employment with a major telecommunications company I had been with for nearly seven years. With two children and a stay-at-home wife to support, I needed to weigh my options and make sure I was making the best choice for all involved. I decided pursuing self employment was best. Five months later, I know I made the right decision. The time I have now for my kids, wife, and additional projects couldn’t be better!
What do you believe sets you apart from other authors?
I believe the factor that sets me apart is that I don’t consider myself to only be an author.
I consider myself to be a creative and open guy, who happens to write and managed to publish a work of fiction, in my down time.
Do you have other interests or hobbies?
As for actual hobbies that the average person would mean: I like exercising, watching Netflix, writing, dancing; just really enjoying the time we have that something critical isn’t happening in.
Any projects you have out or currently working on?
My current project is the sequel to Murder inK. I have a few other stories in the works, but nothing concrete enough to fully elaborate on them. I enjoy working with topics of insanity and action so that can usually be found in my works. I have a screenplay (pilot) that uses the characters from my novel in situations prior to the events of the book. I don’t want to say too much to give anything away but I am waiting to get a crew together to get it to life on the small screen.
I have a small role in a local film that is still in post production; I play a thug (ha!) and I’m beat to a pulp by the (coming out of retirement) Marvel superhero The Punisher.
I am always looking to help out other people in their creative endeavors and look forward to seeing other people’s visions come to life through writing and film.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
I’d like to see myself possibly by the reflection in a Caribbean island’s waters?
I’m sorry…I’d like to see myself a little more injected in film and acting rather than writing. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but it’s something I need to constantly critique and acting and directing has always been much more of a natural and organic thing for me that comes second nature.
Go at your pace! There’s nothing wrong with reading a few books and blogs about how to publish, or how to write, or how to follow THEIR path to finding success, but don’t let it distract or deter you from your own work.
I’ll share with you that success is YOUR measurement of completed work and how you feel about it. No one else can measure your success but you! Also, be realistic…it’s okay if you wanted to do something that you don’t anymore. And it’s fine if you’ve never done something that you want to take a stab at. You’ll never know if this is your calling, or your service you can provide, to bring people peace or joy.
How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?
Like most millennials, I have several social media platforms. lol
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