Derek holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Rowan University. He draws inspiration from a wide range of professional/personal experiences and has written hundreds of articles for print and online media. In addition to an extensive background as an independent film producer/director, he has served as a tutor/reading coach for a wide age-range of inner-city students.
Presently he mentors middle- and high-school students in a downtown Los Angeles charter school. His catalog of articles features a diverse array of topics, including home improvement, gardening, personal finance, pets, and many more. His passion for writing, command of the English language, and unique sense of humor are important assets in his continued success as a freelancer. Besides writing articles, he has edited Venue Magazine, published short stories in multiple online and print journals, and, as part of the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, has been nominated for the James Kirkwood Prize for Writing.