Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gaytan, Keith

So you guys and gals want to know what I’ve been up to for the past couple decades...

Well... for starters I became an Olympic sharpshooter, conquered the stock market, and mastered the art of exaggerating at the beginning of my bio’s.

What did I really do? I ventured into fire science schooling. The plan was to work as a paramedic for the fire department while I attended medical school to become a cardiologist. Also, “Fire Science School” just sounds cool. “Fire Science”... are you really going to mess with a guy who’s studying that? It sounds like I’m learning how to conjure fireballs like a young, 1980’s Drew Barrymore.

Now, see up there where I said it was my “plan” to become a cardiologist? Yeah, that’s because what really ended up happening was me shipping off to Santiago, Chile to finally answer the LDS mission call I had been putting off in order to take care of family. I served as AP to the president of the mission, and enjoyed it so much that I stayed for four extra months beyond my completion. The president was finally actually ordered to send me home. We were both heartbroken.

I returned to the states, and opened my own mortgage company: work at home, great hours, and boring... boring... boring. So what was young Keith to do? (Besides refer to himself in the third person to sound dramatic.) I turned my eyes west, where an old, childhood aspiration still laid. Hollywood. I would be... an actor!

Packing up, I moved to Pasadena, CA where I purchased a condo and enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Graduating, I began work immediately as a paid theater actor. I did several independent films, which even I have never seen, so I doubt anyone else has. I also had a short stint on General Hospital.

Despite all the work, money was still tight, so I snagged a job in automotive marketing. As fate would have it, I now may actually enjoy the marketing job more than my acting (or maybe it’s just all the traveling I get to do). Last year, I spent over 250 days on the road. I guess I’m a nomad at heart, because I just can’t get enough of it. Currently, I am Associate Producer for the training and launch of the new Mercedes Benz E-Class.

I made a pact with Tim Doll last year to attend our 20 year reunion, and I will indeed be there.

I have never been married, and don’t have any children. Life has been great as a bachelor, but I’m ready to settle down. I have a lovely girlfriend, and between you and me, we may just be tying the knot soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's good to read about you. You have been a wonderer. I met your younger sister. She filled me in with what you were up too. Rob, my brother says hi. We'll catch up at reunion. c-u there.
Michele Barlow