It’s been awhile…but I’m happy to be back in your inbox and plan to be hanging out here a bit more in the near future.
In the meantime, I wanted to share some great news. After seven years in the making, our film Blessed Child was alas accepted to premiere at an amazing festival called DOC NYC in New York November 9th!! Premiere tickets are sold out but matinee seats still available 11/13 10am if you’re free!
Did you know that, more than once, this little film that could almost didn’t make it over the mountain?
That all our footage and hard work, like the projects of most first time documentary directors, almost landed in the documentary film graveyard never to be seen?
I have so much to share about this journey but for now wanted to speak to you about completion and two things to remind you of as you try to bring your story, your book, your film, your essay, your voice into the world.
1.) RALLY YOUR PEOPLE.
In 2012 when Rev. Moon died, I had a choice to make. Was I going to finally tell this story or bury it forever along with him? I texted a cinematographer friend who knew my story on the Sunday night I found out he was dead. “Would you be willing to fly to Korea on Tuesday to start making a film about this, I asked?” His yes became my yes.
Asking people for help is not one of my strengths and yet at every turn there were people who believed in this work and me. This is what you need. People who not just believe in you and your story or project but who believe so much that they will work alongside you. People who will fly around the world or meet you for coffee around the corner to help. People who will support you in collecting your stuff and reading your stuff and editing your stuff. People who will sit in your confusion with you and help you find your way out of the wilderness of your story or creative block. People who, even though the details of their journey are nothing like yours, are deeply engaged with helping you because, in it, they find their story too. Find those people.
2.) COMMIT TO YOU:
“When you abandon your creative project you abandon yourself.” (Tanya Taylor Rubenstein)
If I had known when I took on this path the emotional, creative and financial tribulations involved…I for sure wouldn’t have chosen this. But somewhere along the way I came to see this work as a reflection of my own healing. When I gave up on it, I gave up on myself.
If you saw your work, your business, your next creative project as an expression of you….would you be as willing to betray it?
“When you abandon your creative projects you abandon yourself”
No matter how imperfectly it gets done. Get it done. Don’t give up on your project…or you.
If you are looking for some support on getting your story, business, creative ideas, voice out in the world, I have two spots open for 1-1 coaching starting in December. You can set up a complimentary call here to learn more.
And I’ll be launching an exciting new program in another month or so… stay tuned!