My last post was all about my mental road block. This weekend I hit a physical roadblock as I caught my son’s cold. I hate being taken down. I’m a multi-tasker and this weekend I couldn’t even manage one task at a time. It was a major feat to get the boys sandwiches made for lunch. I’m thankful for Chinese delivery, a husband who did all the laundry and kids who aren’t high maintenance. I’m starting to feel better now. I can breathe and my head isn’t pounding. The fever still kind of comes and goes (or I’m having hot flashes – not sure which).
Before I started feeling icky, I went to my son’s back to school night at the middle school. On the way over my husband and I had a nice talk about what I’d posted. He felt bad that he couldn’t help me, but in reality, just being my sounding board helps. I think I have a little more clearly defined plan of attack.
1. I’m going to start a web series – as soon as I figure out how to do that. I’m going to see if I can find people with interesting jobs willing to be interviewed by me. I suppose it would be better if I had a camera person to do the camera work, but for now it might mean me and my Flip camera.
2. I need to do a sizzle reel. From what I gather, it’s a video representation of your pitch. It gives development people a visual beyond what they could get from a treatment on paper. I think the best way to do this is to advertise on the Virginia Film Office hotline for an unpaid opportunity for a crew. I see it all the time, so why shouldn’t I be able to take advantage of it? I can’t pay, but I can buy lunch. It also provides someone with more stuff for their resume reel.
3. I need to start connecting with people. I made the joke a while ago that I make friends with the wrong people. I tend to make friends with people I like instead of people I can use. Finally my friends were starting to pay off. The truth is, I’ve had the right kinds of friends all along, I just need to expand my acquaintance network and be willing to ask for favors. I need to be able to give favors in return.
4. Most importantly, I need to believe in myself again. Self-doubt is a bitch. I can’t let it deter me from what I really want to do.
Now – pass the tissues and let’s get this thing going!