Within the last year I've had the pleasure of working with a wonderful group of filmmakers in Austin. I've worked on several narrative features or episodic series as 1st AD, 2nd AD, or Scripty. I can't overstate how wonderful its been to work on these projects and with these people.
I began a film collaborative called Seale Team Flicks, and are our efforts there are about finding people with whom we collaborate well and being very intentional with our creative choices as well as our operational choices. We workshop scripts very carefully and ensure that everyone has a voice so as as to build the collaboration without drowning the screenwriter in ideas. We're in pre-production for our first short under this format, a short I'll be directing, and I'm excited to work with so many talented people. Seale Team Flicks is all about taking the ego out and respecting what everyone brings to the table while keeping people's roles and responsibilities clear. It's a fantastic group and I look forward to building it into something bigger and, fingers crossed, profitable.
Within the last year, I became the Head of Content for ProCliq, a production software company. Basically I'm writing blogs and developing additional content for marketing purposes for this company. The software is amazing and easy for me to get behind. The work requires knowledge of the industry (check), the ability to write well (check), and the creative vision and know-how to develop marketing videos (check). So this was a perfect fit and I'm glad to be part of building this company. The software is incredible. It streamlines production so when you update the script, it updates the call sheet. It goes all the way down the line so you're not duplicating your work all the time. And that's just the main offering that sold me. Basically, ProCliq is awesome, and I can't wait for it to be out of its beta phase.
So the founder of ProCliq is also one of the founders of Rocksauce Studios, a digital innovation agency (in the world of tech, software, apps), and he brought me on to do some marketing work. Honestly this was a perfect job for me for right now. They're incredibly flexible so if I get a film gig, I can take off to do that work. Plus its utilizing my skills as a project manager, a writer, and a strategist. And gaining additional marketing knowledge is helpful for all of the other elements of my career. And it fills in the times when I don't have a film gig, so I'm grateful.
Women in Film and Television finally has a chapter in Austin, and I'm so glad to say that I have been part of the board from the get go. I am a Programs Co-Chair. This is a volunteer positions based on bringing speakers and educational opportunities for our members. Encouraging and empowering women in film and tv in the Austin area is a joy. Not to say anything against working with men, but, man (woman?), is it it refreshing to spend some time with women in the field. Its a nice change. One of the narrative projects I worked on, Two Sides, was predominately women and it changed the dynamic on set. I loved it.
Acting has been a yo-yo. Some months I seem to have a lot of auditions and shoots and others its virtually nothing. Its frustrating and I'm not sure how to move forward. I know I need to do a better job at targeting and selling myself as an actor, but I'm not entirely sure how. I think the marketing skills I'm picking up at Rocksauce will prove helpful. I am being intentional with fitness, specifically muay thai (kickboxing) and weight training. The more I can look like a leading lady, the more likely I'll be to get leading lady roles. Its tough to push myself in this arena sometimes, not just fitness but the confidence and focus required to be a successful actor. Those things are key and those things (real honesty here) are things I've been struggling with lately. But, I'm a work in progress; I'm trying. And I love acting so much, so I'll keep working, keep pushing.
I'm sure there has been more I've done. There always is. I find myself a true Jane of all Trades, often forgetting certain jobs I've had because there is so much variety. Its a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I have a combo left brain/right brain and I'm happy to have opportunities to fulfill both (the AD but also the actor; the writer but also the project manager). But it can be a curse when I literally forget to bring up a job because its one of many. I do find that all of these jobs I do lend themselves to each other, but it is often a challenge to convince people that having a wide variety of experiences and skills is a positive thing: I'm adaptable and knowledgeable in a various skills and sectors of the industry. Sounds like a good thing to me.
Still next time (next year? haha).