Ahhhhh, I’m so pumped right now! I just got a call an hour ago for work. This is incredibly exciting news. I can’t even begin to tell you why, but I’m going to try anyhow.
I don’t know many of the details about the project just yet. I just know it’s a TV pilot of some sort and I have to read the script and begin preparing for work tonight. I’ll be working on the project the next three days and possibly the next few weeks and beyond. That’s how it goes in the film industry. One minute you’re busy writing and creating a blog, avoiding friends and social obligations to focus all your energies into doing something that you really love, and the next minute you get a call at 6:30 PM on a Friday evening.
“What are you doing this weekend? How about the next few months? You busy, or you wanna start scouting tomorrow on a TV pilot?”
Hell yeah, I wanna start scouting tomorrow on a TV pilot! If you dimwits only knew how challenging the past few months have been for me. I’ve been out of work for a long time. Without boring you with all the details, the state of Pennsylvania had a major snafu with our film tax incentive this year, which meant that me and a lot of my friends were without work. No work means funds dwindle quickly, bills go unpaid, and you eat lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And worse yet, it leaves you with no money to drink booze. Being broke sucks a fat one.
Boo hoo, you putz. Get another job. But it’s not that easy, and I didn’t want to get another job making $7 an hour. It’s a waste of time. I realize some people have to do it to support their families, which kudos to them, but I don’t have a family to support, so I’d rather have my bills go unpaid than work at a crummy job taking home $200 a week. Instead of working at a job for slave wages, I used the opportunity to do some writing and maybe begin establishing my future.
The film industry is a great gig, but it’s too unpredictable. One year you make great money, and the next year you make jack crap. I’m terrible at budgeting money, so this year I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, holed myself up in my apartment, and wrote my ass off the past few months trying to establish a future for the next time I’m out of work.
I don’t know where any of it’s headed. Maybe there isn’t a future in writing for me, but I have to find out. So that’s why I started this blog. To practice writing, to put my creative talents to work, and to build up a network of fellow writers, artists, and creative spirits.
It seems to be going well so far. I’ve gotten nearly 2,000 followers in two months, and the feedback has been very kind. It gives me encouragement to keep writing, so I just wanted to say thanks. The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches taste extra good after hearing things like, “This is my new favorite blog.” “You’re really hilarious!” “OMG, I want to totally marry you and have six of your curly headed babies.”
Well, all right. This has been a very good day. It’s maybe premature, but I’m going to use my credit card to go buy some whiskey tonight, and read through a script until 3 in the morning, make some notes, wake up 3 hours later, and go to work. I might not be available to reply to comments as much in the next few weeks, but I’ll try my best, because your comments are what kept me going these past few months. It might sound like BS, but it’s true. So keep commenting if you’d like, but don’t take offense if I don’t respond for a while. It just means I’m busy with work, or drunk on whiskey, dancing around my apartment naked at 2 AM, which happens more than I’d like to admit.
Anyway, since you guys have been so cool to me, I wanted to leave you with my keys for a pathway to success. I realize someone who just spent the past few months eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches probably isn’t the best spokesperson for success, but I can feel it just around the bend. I think I’m a few years away from accomplishing some big things, so I’m going to let you in on my secrets so you can achieve success as well.
It’s time to go buy some whiskey and read a script. I’ll leave you with Chris Hinton’s Pathway To Success. Print it out, hang it on your fridge. Look at it everyday. Cheers, you dimwits. Thanks for being awesome.