When I FINALLY found a new, stable full-time job in October 2011, I gave myself the first few months to learn about my new position, settle into a new daily environment, and get through the holidays. It was a good season and that December I took my usual "month off." Meaning, in December I usually take what to me feels like a vacation: I just work my day job.
And then in January, I was off and running. I had some amazing experiences during my long un-and-under-employment, and I had various projects in development, but I hadn't been able to direct anything. Since I started the new job, I've been feeling incredibly motivated to get my shit going again, for lack of a better way to put it.
So, for the past year, I've been simultaneously getting through personal business - like finally getting cavities filled and getting the air conditioning fixed in my car - and I've been directing. I've been really fortunate this year to get to jump into some cool projects, including the "Missing Miranda" Kickstarter Campaign and an upcoming web series called WRNG.
And now, I've been incredibly blessed with a cherry on top. I've been greenlit to direct a short for Stage 5 TV's YouTube show, The Continuum. It's an amazing anthology show that releases a new, beautiful film short each week. And the best part is, that the writer of my unproduced web series, Zero Sight, Michael Patrick Sullivan, wrote a free-standing film short based in the same universe called "Zero Sight: Bad Call", and that's the short that was greenlit.
So I am over-the-moon.
And incredibly challenged to knock it out of the park.
For "Zero Sight: Bad Call" is an ambitious project for the budget and schedule. Multiple locations, a robust cast, and limited resources.
My challenge right now is that I have to navigate the line between working on the production and working on the direction. I have a wonderful producer on board, and we are working to build the team and solve the various production issues. I'm not going to lie. It's kept me up at night on occasion.
And so, I've begun, slowly, to think of the directing work as my refuge. My solace. My most important time spent.
And I've cleared my schedule, and I'm saving every penny - little though I have - to add to the production. We're shooting in January, and I intend to live and breath this baby from now through the first quarter of 2013. I intend to do the absolute best that I can do within the given constants.
It's been a long, full year. An amazing year.
So who needs a "month off" when there's awesomeness to direct?! We're diving in, and we're not coming up until we've hit awesome.