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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Moving On…Moving Up.


As my alarm went off at 330am the other day a thought hit me; nobody should be getting up this early on a regular basis for a little over minimum wage. I’m a skilled worker who just shot a quality feature in five days and edited it in another 19. Yet, I’ve spent the better part of the last 11 years making the bulk of my money in a service industry job, making just over minimum wage. That’s 11 years of barely making ends meet. Hell, more often than not I don’t make it, at least not comfortably. I’ve explained my reasoning before in posts, as to why I chose to work outside the industry while pursuing my writing/directing career. I thought I’d be able to concentrate better on my own work while working a part-time service job. Industry jobs tend to dominate your life once you immersed in them.

Well, I was wrong. I’m not saying I regret my decision. The life choices I’ve made have led me to where I am today. I’ve written and directed five feature films, that’s an actual career. You can see in my work the growth I’ve made over the years, technically and creatively. I’m proud of my work and couldn’t have achieved it any other way. However, the days of me being a starving artist are over. Month after month my bank account reads just over 0. After bills this month I had 30 cents in my account. 30 cents! And I was still 2 weeks late paying my rent. I’m too old and tired to live like this anymore. Plus, I’ve done almost zero networking in my time in LA. Almost none. I downright suck at it now. Luckily some opportunities have come my way, but most have been out of sheer luck or through friends I made years ago. I really need to open up my world.

Things are happening on the writing/directing front. Put a Ring on it turned out good. It will be released on Sept. 12. That’s the quickest turnaround I’ve ever had on a movie. I’ve already been getting calls from distributors (too late) and even agencies interested in repping me. Monsters in the Woods is 99 percent complete. It’s my best work so far. I think it will open some doors, financially and career wise. Trap is being accepted into film fests (more on that in the coming weeks). Well, that’s well and good, but it still isn’t putting money in my pocket right now. Enter my new job opportunity. A very good friend of mine has been doing editing and production work for a small company whose output and profits have more than doubled since he’s been with them, so much so, that they are looking to hire a full time editor. I’ve been offered the gig. It’s a full time, 8 hr a day, 5 days a week gig. Not exactly my dream job, but it pays triple what I’m making now and it’s a chance to further hone my skills. In

I’m going out there early next week for a few days to shadow my friend to make sure that the job is a good fit. If it is, I’m definitely taking it. 

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