bio

Hi, I’m David Blanc, a Writer/Producer native to New York City. The real-life adventures that inspire my work include the following: In 1991-1992, I was a patrol leader in the New York City Alliance of Guardian Angles, or Red Berets. This was accomplished by juggling patrols and martial arts classes with academics and campus life at one of the most politically correct liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence College, where I eventually got my BA. As a Guardian Angel, I had a chance to apply my martial arts (Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, and Ju-jitsu) in the real world where I fought in rumbles, made busts, performed first-aid on a gunshot wound, and got stabbed in-the-line-of-duty. My mom was not thrilled when that last thing happened and when the founder, Curtis Sliwa, got shot, she was really ready to kick my ass. In 1995, I got my MA from Columbia University and tried teaching but burned out really quickly. In 1997, after the untimely passing of my mom, I entered the US Army as an Infantryman, Spec-4. In 1998 I was briefly assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, 2nd Battalion, (a unit capable of both special and conventional operations). I ended my military career at the venerable 82nd Airborne (paratroopers) at Ft. Bragg, NC.

I re-entered civilian life and settled into day-trading and acting. At my peak, my stocks were worth over a quarter million before they tanked at the bursting of the internet bubble and the events of 9/11.

At that point I was SAG eligible and spent the remainder of my bank account on the SAG initiation fee. For the next few years I survived on acting and odd jobs, fighting eviction notices, and utilizing every opportunity for free food including experimenting with stir-fried cock-roaches. I founded the Chapter 11 Theater Company and wrote, produced, and starred in Realer Than Real, in March of 2003. Ironically, my one-night-only performance coincided with the first day of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and fear of terrorist retaliation kept some people away. Regardless, I was very grateful to the sixteen wonderful people who showed up. It was during these struggling years that I created M.A.T.E., Inc. and White Eyebrow and the Destruction of Shaolin and The Steele Project.

In July of 2005, I was hired by the State of New York to be a University Police Officer and was trained by the NYPD Academy. In January of 2006, while unarmed and on my day off on the #1 subway train, I witnessed a homeless person stab a female passenger. With the help of a mysterious stranger, I wrestled the assailant to the ground and held the assailant until uniformed officers arrived to make the arrest. For this action I was awarded a Meritorious Medal and a Certificate of Merit by the Chief of my Department. I am currently assigned to SUNY Downstate Medical in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. I definitely feel that Mixed Martial Arts, my training partners, the Guardian Angles, the military, M.A.T.E., Inc., and Twin Towers Wrestling Club helped inspire me and prepare me for that one critical moment.  While serving as police officer from 2005-2013 I would eventually be awarded 2 medals and 4 commendations.

I’ve had speaking roles on the daytime soap-operas One Life to Live and All My Children. Stage credits include Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, and The Call of the Sublime, a musical that toured India complete with a martial arts fight scene that I helped choreograph. (It was in this musical that I played a spirit called Monkey Mind and had to fight while sporting a tail as big as my body.) Previous odd jobs include junior high English Teacher, Adjunct College Writing Professor, bartender, caterer, shampoo boy, personal trainer, booking manger for a dance company, and wearing a Barney suit at children’s birthday parties.   

 

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