What is a set painter to do when Hollywood is shut down in a writers strike? Come home to Indiana.
Drew Pierce, a Brazil native, had been set painting for the NBC show "Heroes" in Los Angeles when the strike was announced.
He thought his job was safe, since the show had been written through the end of the current season.
"I had an offer to work on the new Star Trek movie, but chose to work on 'Heroes,'" Pierce said.
However, the studio stopped production, and Pierce returned to the area before he anticipated.
After spending time with his family during the holidays, Pierce found things he could do while back in the Midwest.
"Right now, I'm doing what's in front of me, and that's not set painting," Pierce said.
Pierce has been working with his mother, an interior designer, and painting for her, as well as working on a contest prize.
Fangoria magazine, a publication for fans of monsters, ghouls and creepy creatures, is sponsoring a contest with Metal Blade Records for a band called Cannibal Corpse. The winner of the contest will receive a corpse created by Pierce.
"They did a little write-up about me for the contest," Pierce said.
Pierce called the contest a "full-circle" of sorts.
He's creating the piece at the home of his mentor in Mooresville, who he had discovered through Fangoria magazine.
His love of the dark and scary may turn into a haunted house creation in the area next Halloween. Pierce said he would love to do a haunted house, but would need the right charity to support and the help of local high school students to pull it off.
Pierce has also kept busy by restoring an old family vehicle.
His grandfather owned and operated his own business, and had purchased a new Dodge van in 1972. Pierce used the vehicle while working for his families' video company.
He is currently renovating the van in hopes of using it as a work vehicle out in L.A.
"What Oprah would say is a 'serial killer' van," is how Pierce described the vehicle, but he looks forward to being able to lock up his materials when necessary.
When returning to Los Angeles was mentioned, Pierce said his friends in California keep reporting there is still no work, and more people are being affected than most people would think.
Florists, set constructors and food service workers are just some of the people being affected.
He hopes to be back in warm-weather conditions the first week of January, but keeps his options open.
"I'm not really that worried," Pierce said.