These past few months have been a bit grueling. Between the Finance world, building a website from scratch and formulating a platform to build my podcast, there were many times when I just wanted to bang my head against the wall and just quit. Crawling into my bed and catching up on my favorite television shows at 2 a.m. was all I wanted to do at times. Ultimately, some nights I did just that, especially on the nights that I worked for 8-9 hours at the “day job” and then came home and cranked out another 6-7 hours on my brand. I am also working on a animation screenplay that HAS to be done by the end of December so whatever few precious hours I have here and there are dedicated to that.
Learning the world of SEO, website hosting, and creating content, is not easy you guys. HATS OFF to those that work in this field, because when I first started I had absolutely no clue in what direction I was going.
But you know what.
I NEVER GAVE UP.
And you shouldn’t either. EVER.
I didn’t know how to build a website from scratch. My other blog was hosted on Weebly and all the other entertainment articles I wrote already had a platform set in place on WordPress.
So, I learned how to build it. I didn’t know anything about audio engineering, so I stayed up at all hours of the night teaching myself Garageband.
But, then I also utilized the skills I had already taught myself, using IMovie to now promote my work on YouTube, Photoshop for creating images that really stand out, using my photography skills [either with my DSLR or handy dandy iPhone] to bring you the world of Disney. I believed in myself enough to know that I had come this far, and there was no way I was going to let the fear of the unknown stop me from doing what I truly loved to do.
Which is building content and helping you all enjoy a wonderful world of fairies, pixie dust and imagination.
As I sit here, sitting in my home office and typing this blog post, I have to remind myself what I am truly thankful for. And that is the ability to be able to sit in peace and do what I do best. Sure, there are obstacles to overcome, but with all the tragic news coming out of the media today, I have to remind myself how extremely lucky I am to be surrounded by so many great people.
While gearing up towards this journey, I have had so many people reach out to me to with so many encouraging words. From anything to sending me a message or commenting on one of my blog posts, to liking my Facebook page, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU has not gone unnoticed. And as much as reciprocate the positive vibes, I most definitely take in the negative too, I have a lot more to learn and can’t wait to take in these challenges headfirst.
“Whatever you do, do it well” – Walt
Reflecting back in 2015 I have had much heartache and accomplishments but of all I have LEARNED so much. I was in a television writing course with Jen Grisanti, a screenwriting guru who ran Spelling Television for a very long time. I made so many great friends and I still speak with them and in that class I wrote a spec script for “Orange is the New Black” and an original pilot. I became an Assistant to a Screenwriter in Hollywood and beat out many other candidates for this coveted spot. I applied to the NBC, ABC and Disney program. I didn’t get in, but I applied which means I had material that I created with my own hands and mind. I submitted 3 scripts to Nickelodeon Animation, and got denied in all three.
I placed as a quarterfinalist in the Screencraft Short Competition, 7,200 people entered. I entered that same script to the Austin Film Festival. I didn’t place, but so many of my friends did! I am so proud to call you all my friends and colleagues. I placed in the second round of the Midnight Challenge short screenplay competition. I didn’t make it to the final round, but very pleased to place in my very first flash screenplay competition.
So, thank you. Thank you for your kind words. Your thoughtful messages and most of all for believing. I have so many goals and plans for 2016 and can’t wait to get started on them all.
This Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for you all.