Tonight, I had another chance to connect with filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green in person, and also to attend a panel discussion on which he and several others spoke about distributing independent films... At tonight's events, several talented panelists devoted their time to helping answer questions by excited filmmakers and actors, all eager to produce creative material for the world to see... Aside from learning a German opera and working on my film career, I'm looking forward to creating my very own webseries. I want to interview people who balance exceedingly high levels of success and happiness - they are rare!
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending SAG-AFTRA's Short Film Fest, seeing more incredible films, and hearing from actors and filmmakers who used their skills and creativity to tell moving and surprising stories... As I rode home on the A train, I thought about my occasional reluctance to networking and realized - I've held myself back. Not just career-wise... I've kept myself from taking risks and, most importantly, from meeting talented, inspired and incredible people.
Working as a singer or actor means so much more than filming onset or getting dolled up in one of my fancy gowns to sing with an orchestra... It means researching indie filmmakers and opera companies and people with whom I want to work so that I can begin to form relationships with them online and in real life. Most importantly, it means working with incredible people who believe in me and doing my best to perform and audition at my highest ability to make their jobs easier too.
A film audition for Funny the Movie rounded out my day, and the warm, inviting atmosphere of what must have been a very long day for those involved caused me to stop and consider the beautifully human and often generous side of the entertainment industry... Stereotypes about the entertainment industry and NYC would have us turn our tails and run if we ever dared to listen for too long. Honestly, acting is about connecting, and the city is an incredible place in which to do it.