Like many people in the film industry, my mind this week has been on Sarah Jones. Sarah was a second assistant camera (the person who transports cameras and lenses, helps the focus puller take measurements to get the focus right and slates the take, among other things) who was killed by a…
As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’ve been so consumed by fear to post my own work that I haven’t created anything since my senior thesis documentary in college. 4 YEARS AGO.
That’s a long time to not utilize your creativity.
Well, I got fed up with my fear… Fed up with waiting for the right opportunity or for the right amount of money to come along.
I’ve been wanting to speak to college students for a long time about how TV/film sets work, how to behave, etc. I’ve wanted to let them know what it is like out in the real world and how you don’t necessarily become a director once you get out of college.
I wanted to do this, so I put the idea out there and I am doing an on-set workshop on February 26th at Hofstra University (my alma mater). Also organized a panel of folks that I’ve worked with to get their take on the business.
I decided to make a video to go with my presentation so I wrote/produced/directed the video that we shot yesterday. The above photo is from that shoot.
Over the last few years being on set, I would always dread the long days and count the hours until I could go home. I thought if I didn’t enjoy being on set, I was in the wrong business.
Turns out I’m not in the wrong business. I was working in positions that weren’t right for me.
Directing gave me this thrill that I’ve never felt before.
I want this feeling more often.
I believe that I have found a path that will get me closer to where I want to be.
I am meant to create content that will educate the audience.
This is typically where your advice starts. ”It’ll come along when you least expect it,” is also “You’ll find it when you aren’t looking“‘s retarded little sister. You can all just go fuck right the fuck off after you say this to anyone who is single….
So, at the beginning of 2013, I made these statements about the year ahead:
I am determined to lose weight.
I am determined to be steadily employed at a job that I enjoy (or have several jobs where I make more money and are enjoyable experiences).
I am determined to try something new whether it pays me or not. (I really want to try stand-up comedy. I also want to start writing my own documentaries again.)
I am determined to fall in love and to have someone fall in love with me.
I am determined to be happy.
This is what ended up happening in 2013:
I did not lose weight. - Didn’t really gain any either. So…. winning?
I am steadily employed! - I work at an amazing Film/TV/Commerical camera house in Manhattan. I love my co-workers. I enjoy my job. Success!
I tried something new. - I’m writing just to write. I have recorded myself singing (which I’ve been extremely nervous about doing). I am doing a workshop early next year at my alma mater about the Film & TV industry. I am working on a podcast about my experiences in the business as well.
I did not fall in love or have someone fall in love with me. - But, I had my first positive online dating experience. So, I consider that an accomplishment.
I am not happy yet.- But, I am moving in the right direction.
BRING IT ON, 2014. LET’S KEEP THIS POSITIVITY UP! WE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO! #positivity2014
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I'm known for my sweet karaoke skills, my crazy family stories, my bad blind dates, and my honest-to-a-fault personality. I work primarily in the film industry in NYC as a production coordinator. So, sometimes this blog will be film-oriented. Other times, it will be a lot of 90s nostalgia, videos of sweet jams, and ridiculous gifs.