During this time, Kirk started to demonstrate his talents behind the camera as well. He began directing — first commercials, then multiple music videos and dramatic episodes of a Los Angeles area cable television series in which he later co-starred. While Kirk’s other passion, martial arts, also had an influence on his career, as his expertise earned him jobs as a martial arts consultant on live-action shows and specials.
The inexorable shift to a career behind the camera was completed when Kirk suffered a heart attack at the age of 24. Kirk’s doctor forbade him from subjecting himself to the physical and mental stress involved with serious martial arts work, and Kirk, unwilling to leave the film making business, decided to pursue producing full-time. Explaining that it “appeared” to be less stressful.
It turned out to be a wise decision, as his independent production company, NAK Filmworks, was soon in constant demand, providing it’s services to television shows like “Nitty: The Enforcer“; “Pursuits” with Lonnie Anderson; “The Wonder Years”; and “Leap of faith” with Annie Archer. Perhaps the most satisfying was working to produce Spanish language commercials for Disney Parks. Credits thereafter were garnered in California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, where Kirk has returned to his love of acting, while undertaking additional pursuits in commercials, television series and feature films projects.
Kirk now calls Mesa Arizona his home, though the excitement of the entertainment industry is ever calling.