I have spent about 90% of my career writing, producing or directing over 100 episodes of scripted drama or comedy and about 60 hours of documentaries and docudramas as well as 4 feature films for studios and companies like CBC, CTV, Discovery, CBS, Vision Television, Untied Artists, Zoetrope Studios and Disney. In addition I have had the privilege to teach at York University, Ryerson University (where I won the CESAR Teaching Award) and Capilano University in North Vancouver British Columbia. I have also given about 100 talks on overcoming adversity.
In 2010 I was assaulted by a young man with mental illness. As a result of that assault I sustained a concussion, which led to a severe brain injury. Up until that point my production company, David Brady Productions had been going full tilt with one production after another either being the highest rated for the year or one of the top 3, and winning countless awards (Around The World with Tippi for Discovery, France 5, Craig Broadcasting) that was nominated at Banff for Best Children's Series) CBC Doc Zone's The Pagan Christ, second highest rated for the year, Gangster Next Door, Doc Zone's second or third highest rated in 2011 and last years Super Volcano, Doc Zone's 2013 highest rated for the year and currently airing on the Smithsonian Channel in the USA. In between those productions was the critically acclaimed series (Bruce McDonald directed) Yonge Street, Toronto Rock & Roll Stories that John Doyle did a full page on, The Toronto Star gave it the cover of The Star Week and several pages in the actual newspaper, as well as 80 other major pieces on it. It was all looking and feeling so good.
My first book Get Me To the Temple of Serenity...And Step On It!, chronicled the challenges I faced as a young man and the obstacles I had to overcome in order to be successful. That book is spiritual in nature and uses the same 8 Steps. What I can say in my own case is, life can certainly be unpredictable and never boring. I am just grateful I've been able to come along for the ride and what an amazing, challenging and wonderful ride its been!
David Brady has 30 years of experience as an award-winning writer, producer and director of feature film and international television productions. In June, 2015 he founded David Brady Communications and changed his focus on writing nonfiction books.