"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Keep on Keeping On

Sometimes, when I feel a little stagnant in my career, I'll schedule some free photoshoots,
peruse The Agency Book and research agencies I want to submit to, and troll Craig's List's Talent Gigs to see what I can find.

I got an email the other day from someone I don't know with the subject, "Well, well!"


We checked out a movie last night called THE HAUNTING OF WINCHESTER MANSION (or something like that) and low and behold, who's the lead? I saw you and was like, I totally recognize that girl. Give me the DVD case! Looked at the back and indeed it was you. I imagine you've been in several more feature films, but this is the first I've seen. Congratulations to you!

You submitted your info for a short film of mine a couple of years ago. I saved your info for future projects. I have two feature scripts in development right now, one set to go next year. Shooting in Colorado or Alaska if the budget allows. Right now the budget is looking around five million. Would be my first big writing/directing gig. There might be a role in it that's good for you. I'd be happy to put in a good word if you're interested (logline below). In the meantime, I'm always working on short projects on the side. Just enjoy doing it. If you're ever up for working on another short film, just let me know.

He had attached the original Craig's List email I had sent him. From June 10, 2007.

Keep on keeping on, my friends. You never know. If you haven't booked a series regular on a pilot, or the lead in a film, all it means is that the role you're absolutely perfect for hasn't arrived yet. But in the meantime, make friends, meet people, and train, train, train, so that when it comes along, you WILL be ready.
Keep on keeping on.


Play nice.