Lovesick Billy

We are all Lovesick Billy.  He knows that this is our one shot, and he wants us to make it count.  He is the part of us that wants what we have been told we cannot have… just yet.  He is the part of us that urges us to grow by yearning for more of something, even when we are wondering, “More of what?” He is the part of us that remains childishly hopeful even in the face of daunting odds, dark horizons, and moments when we fear all is lost.  He believes unfailingly in love, romance, and passion, and will do everything possible to preserve and foster it.

Bronson Page

Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 5th, 1968, the day after MLK was killed. My mother, Conny Van Dyke, almost named me Martin Luther. I always wonder how that would have changed my life.

As Mom pursued her career in television, film and recording, we lived in Huntsville, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee. It wasn’t a stable life for a kid, so I moved to Naples, Florida as a ward of my Grandparents when I was a second grader. As Mom continued in entertainment for a while, we bounced back and forth between Naples and Los Angeles, until she made the transition to full-time parenthood, leaving Hollywood behind.

A good student, I skipped third grade and studied German in fourth. Inclined to singing and acting, I spent a lot of time getting my ass kicked when I was a kid, but they didn’t kill me.

italianhorn.jpgIn the sixth grade, I wore an Italian horn on a chain around my neck. The headmaster of my Christian school didn’t care for it, and accused me of being the antichrist. No, seriously. Actually asked me if I was the antichrist. When I said, “Um, no,” they searched my body and scalp under black light for the mark of the beast. What can I say? The Omen was a powerful movie.

nfsoffice.jpgWent back to public school and being chased home from the bus stop by bullies to whom I was secretly attracted. ‘Course at that time, I was attracted to almost everybody – guys and girls – who wanted to get naked.

bron_18_passport.jpgGraduated from high school a month after my 17th birthday with a 3.6 and twenty or so sex partners under my belt: friends, girlfriends, classmates, and a man in his 30s. That’s a story that would have to keep.

Being good at and interested in lots of stuff makes it hard to choose a major, so at different times I was majoring in: Theater, Frat Boys, Russian, Sex, Semantics, Intramural Athletics, and Philosophy, in no particular order. I finished in English, and specifically Technical Writing, to strengthen my pithiness.

A few significant funerals, a small role in Blue Sky, various addresses, lots of sex, and a dozen cars later, I found myself in Los Angeles, just two months before my 30th birthday. I’ve had a string of great jobs, but my love has always been writing. It’s what I do most. It’s what I do best.

Right now, we’re putting together a deal to produce Damages for the screen and stage, a rock opera about my most painful childhood memories, told through 18 songs by Queen – the story I kept.

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Billy in the BathtubLive just outside the madness of Los Angeles, with my now-legally married husband, Sam Page. He took my last name – far and away the most romantic gesture I’ve ever witnessed, trumping everything I ever had up my sleeve – and I’m good. I’m proud as hell to be with him, and watch our dreams come true.

Mom lives just a few miles from us, and she remains a constant rock and inspiration. She and I were always meant to be in Los Angeles… at least until Sam and I get that Alpaca farm, or our own private motu, but even then, I’ll probably always have one foot on Sunset.

  • Budding rodeo cowboy, and nothing makes me happier than showing Sam I can dog a steer.
  • Eat the pizza crust early on so that the last bites of it are the best bites.
  • Been around and around and around the block and really, really, really lucky in love.
  • Impatient.
  • Love Ibiza, London and Amsterdam, and dying to go to Iceland.
  • When eating M&Ms, spill them out onto the desk, match the colors in pairs and eat the unmatched ones first.
  • Have four tattoos.
  • Always looking for interesting opportunities.
or email me at lovesickbilly@mac.com
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9 Responses to “About”


  1. Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Dear Billy,

    Thanks for your kind words. No one has written to me here. I get lonely for the exchange of souls.

    You give me hope.

    All the best for your continued sucess.

    Love,

    LuRain
    x

  2. Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Hey Billy-

    I can’t find an email on your blog or resume!

    So I’m contacting you via a response (sorry about that)-

    I thought the upcoming exhibit MAKE ART STOP AIDS at UCLA might be a good fit for your blog!

    Please also forward to your friends and contacts who are interested in the realms of LGBT activism and/or the fine arts!

    SF artists Daniel Goldstein and John Kapellas have created a

    7′ tall human figure made of 300 AIDS medication bottles and 139

    syringes. Suspended in midair the piece is at the center of

    the new international exhibition MAKE ART STOP AIDS ,

    opening at the Fowler Museum, UCLA on Feb 23rd.

    The show will tour museums in Brazil, S. Africa and India over the next two years.

    For more information and hi-res images contact

    jason@goldsteinkapellas.com

    tel: 415-760-6970

    View the artists’ international body of work at

    http://www.goldsteinkapellas.com

    Thanks!

    Jason

  3. 3 A voice from the past
    Friday, February 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    hey there.. i am just new to Los Angeles and i heard you moved here too. So i googled you.. and i wanted to say that i so much enjoyed your blog and your life stories.

    I think you are probably one of the more amazing people i have ever known actually .. and this all from your blog. Thank you for sharing it. Your love and your talents are all to me.. fantastic.

    I am regrouping and in the middle of a major life shift.. as i have turned 40 recently.. and it has effected me profoundly.

    I am thrilled that you have found LOVE to the degree in which you share about it. I believe you will infact be a major roll model for many generations to come. Awesome Awesome Awesome…..

    I am a Gay Activist in my own way.. though my ART.. and it speaks for me, sometimes what i can not stand on a soap box or marching line to say!! I hope to share all of it with you soon.. i was so moved by your blog i wanted to write something now!

    you know me by a different name…. but all is well.

  4. 4 Niki
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Dear lovesick billy…..
    another voice from the past
    .so sweet then
    ..always admired you, your heart, your kindness, your smile
    …sweet to me and all around you
    ….arisitic and musical and comical and fun
    …..was a fan in Naples and a fan via web now
    ……do not want to claim to know you now, but from your “reads” you appear to
    be very much the same.
    ……..and that is very nice
    ………much love to you and the wonderful Mom who raised you and to Sam
    who holds your heart now

    still a friend and admirer
    nmf

  5. 5 Ali Ozdil
    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Bronson,
    I spent a week with you and Chad in Ft.Lauderdale years ago.
    I know how close you were to him.
    I wish I had more to offer other than a DVD of a party we hosted in Knoxville.
    It shows Chad the way he was….
    It is about 3 hours long and I would be very proud to send a copy to you as I hold it close to my heart.
    Please send your contact info and I will send it ASAP.
    Many thanks for respecting our wonderful friend.
    Ali Ozdil
    1400 Kenesaw
    #22C
    Knoxville,TN
    37919
    Home 865-523-3373


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