I was pretty quiet over the summer, and used this downtime as a launching pad for new ideas. I took a two-year break from filmmaking to concentrate on other work and projects, which most recently led me towards graphic design.
But something hit me, and I'm not quite sure what. Perhaps it was the idea that I was getting comfortable - or, wasn't. I didn't want my work and gallery shows to slow down, and I didn't want to be one of those people who 'didn't do what they went to school for since they graduated.' So, I met with my friend, filmmaker and acting coach Mike Messier, and talked to him about how I was feeling - or, wasn't.
Mike is always sharing videos of motivational speakers and pro-wrestlers who just dive right in - not just talkers, but doers. We took a drive, and Mike gave me a motivational speech that was, all in all - "JUST DO IT."
Why talk when you can do it?
What's worse - the stress of working to achieve your end goal, or the regret and guilt you feel when you didn't even try?
Knowing the end result yields complete elation and new opportunities, I launched into a new filmmaking project comprised of several comedic scripts I'd written over the last two years. I've produced and directed loads of times, and my energy was bubbling to the surface - it was time.
Mike helped me get the ball rolling on a Rhode Island-based shoot, and I started to scout locations and crew. Having someone who's not only supportive but also encouraging is what helped motivate me. Mike was a sort of 'accountability partner,' and we would check in to see where I was at in the production process.
While I created shot lists and overviews, I was looking at the actor emails roll in - casting! Then came the call sheets, constant email correspondence, and all that's left to do is actually shoot! - and then edit, haha.
While planning is key, don't overthink it. If you know how to do it - just do it. If you need to do some research, understand the key aspects of your endeavor, and go for it!
I'm really looking forward to creating new work and meeting new people, diving into what I love while also creating a new portfolio. I have many new ideas underway, and you may even see a new website in the near future...