After graduating with an Honours Degree in Drama & Film from Queen’s University, David pursued his love of acting & writing. Unfortunately, he knew no one in the business and was unable to get an agent to return his calls, let alone meet with him. He soon found himself in Los Angeles. It was there David saw first hand the persistent and positive approach Hollywood agencies took with talent from all backgrounds. David returned to Toronto, determined to help others succeed in achieving their goals. He began his career working as an assistant in the film & television division at Canada’s largest literary agency, Westwood Creative Artists. It was at WCA David learned to negotiate book to film contracts. To this day, one of his fondest memories was listening to his employers negotiate the film rights to Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, which went on to become an Oscar winning film. David also learned the ins and outs of representing directors, screenwriters, producers and below-the-line clientele. After a year at WCA and looking to expand his horizons, David became an associate at what was then CTI Artists Management. It was at CTI where David delved into the actor world and began building a small roster of up-and-coming talent.
In July, 2006, David founded Ambition. The objective was, and remains to this day, to show that when clients join Ambition, they’ll have the opportunity to make significant changes in their careers. In those early years the agency had 7 clients appear in Playback Magazine’s annual “Top Ten to Watch” list and over the past 10 years Ambition clients have garnered DGC, WGC, GEMINI, LEO and COMEDY awards along with two daytime EMMY nominations. David also takes pride in his promotion of clientele. He has had actors grace the pages of Maxim, FHM, GQ, Vanity Fair, Toro, Soap Digest, Italian Vogue and Variety.
The company’s roster now boasts a mix of Canadian rising stars and established talent that have appeared in, worked on, or directed projects such as: The Bold & Beautiful, The Young & The Restless, Wynonna Earp, DC Legends of Tomorrow, Dark Matter, Riverdale, Reign, 24, Law & Order, Planet of the Apes, Flashpoint, The Listener, Total Recall, Cold Case, NCIS, Weeds, Murdoch Mysteries, Lost Girl, Air Farce, The Office, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes to name a few. As the industry evolves, so does Ambition. The company now has talent, literary, commercial and voice divisions and is building a strong online social media presence with a goal of producing in-house content in the future.