This past month has been one of those months where the stars align and everything makes sense… or a meteor falls on your head in order to get your attention – either way, something happened to make me wake up.
I started the month off by attending the Film Independent Forum. Having attended so many of these conferences before, I found myself drawn to some of the more unusual panels – wanting to hear something new and different. I was not disappointed – there were so many fascinating discussions! Two of my favorites were on fiction podcasts (totally have to play in that arena soon) and on creating webseries.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that, in this day and age, with the access we have at our fingertips, creating your own content is the way to go. Creating a lot of your own content is an even better way to go – we are in a time of doing, and the do-ers stand out.
The following week, I was fortunate enough to hear Lisa Ebersole speak, again, which is always a treat. Last time, she spoke about her webseries, 37 Problems; the journey she went through to make it and how it opened doors for her. This time, Lisa spoke about writing from your “authentic lens.” I tend to write a lot of action/sci-fi including places, times and aliens that I will never go to, experience or meet, but that’s not to say that I can’t or don’t already write from an authentic place within those spaces. However, Lisa’s words got me thinking about playing with something new…
That same week, I was asked to create a new premise for a web-series. What perfect timing! I decided on some boundaries for myself – it had to take place on Earth, in modern times, with humans, who had real jobs and families… and, okay, I added a ghost. Some habits die hard…
It was such a fantastic exercise, and I have completely fallen in love with these characters and the possibilities within the world. So, since we’re in a time of doing… I plan to move forward with this webseries. I’m going to write out the rest of the season one episodes, and then push it forward into production! Very excited about this one.
All it took was being hit over the head all month to know – on a soul level – that it’s time to join the do-ers, and get my stories out there right now – in my own way, and on my own terms. Of course, I will continue to work on the multiple features and television shows I have in development, but I think it’s time to play in alternate storytelling fields as well. (I’ve shared my previous passion for comics and graphic novels – which by the way – I am now adapting a project into graphic novel format – yay!) But it’s time… time to make this webseries and get it out there. Time to create a fiction podcast. Time to play with more transmedia. Time to direct my own short films. It’s time to get shit done that doesn’t require months or years of pulling together multi-million dollar deals (which I am still all for and totally working on), but in the meantime, I’ll be over here getting my stories out to the world through every possible avenue – cuz, honestly, they all rock!