I recently read this essay and pelvic thrusted one too many because that's what I do when I whole-heartedly witness someone sharing helpful truths. I mean...
“Artists frequently hide the steps that lead to their masterpieces. They want their work and their career to be shrouded in the mystery that it all came out at once. It’s called hiding the brushstrokes […] If you don’t get to see the notes, the rewrites, and the steps, it’s easy to look at a finished product and be under the illusion that it just came pouring out of someone’s head like that […] I always swore to myself that
HELLO! No one ever shares the process. Trust me. I've been asking for a really long time; trying to find a way to walk through that door I'm constantly talking about. I'm obsessed with the door. I want shirts made with a door and a light bulb. I'll rock it all the time and finally retire it the moment I book my first film. (I tend to over document urrr thang so don't you worry your pretty little heads about missing that most momentous moment.) Operation Door Hunt is MY LIFE.
Anyways, I thought I'd share some of my brushstrokes because I figure it's a good idea to share the optimistic days just as much as the hard ones. (wisdom poke: listened to this podcast with Nia Vardalos talk about whiners and took it as a sign to get myself to a laptop.)
I am waiting for a book to come in from the library so I can begin the process of writing my first pilot. I did a pitch for a contest...which is wayyyy different. For this endeavor I have to go legit. I need to go grasshopper student on this ish and figure out how to execute this extraordinary idea I've had bouncing around in my head.
So once I get the book I'll get to work, first reading and then writing. Hopefully my brain allows me to check back in from time to time. Why am I doing this? Because Hollywood is witnessing a shakedown. I've finally learned how actors I know kept getting auditions and finding the doors I've been searching for: they were attending workshops with casting directors. These casting directors were then booking them based on their workshop performances...Light bulb moment followed by lots of "ahhhh mannnnn" sulks because basically that ish is illegal. No mo workshops... The door hunting game became that much harder.
Back to the pen! Back to writing my own stuff and hoping I can pull some magic door out of the situation.
Happy door hunting and brushstroke sharing!