So here I am one year later trying to start my blogging again. Well this time I have a new determination and fire in my belly. The opportunities that are coming my way are too juicy to keep to myself. I want to share my experience with these unusual subjects…. Its a holistic approach to my Golden Year. Yup, born in 1956… I am turning 56 this year and happy to share all I see, feel and think. This week that means I will be learning about Energy Medicine from Holistic RN and EM Practitioner Amy Reissner. Amy found me through my stories for another client and liked my way of really getting into the story..ok that one was a facelift– non surgical, but I figured if I wanted to know about my options and what the results were like, I bet there are plenty of others like me and so I produced a series of videos documenting my experience. It worked wonders for the client, my face looked great and a new business was born. So back to the energy work. Amy came out from Rye New York and we spent the day together, The videos will be coming soon
I was recently at a convention in Dallas of female entrepreneurs and picked up tons of information about how to get my new career off the ground. Networking had never been in my skill set, as I had been the creative force behind our company’s success. But after 20 years of never having to look for work, I too had to make some changes. I love telling stories through other peoples words. The Studios in Hollywood had kept me busy doing that with Movie stars, getting the tv viewing public to notice their films through profiles of the star, regardless of the films’ quality. I would focus on the star, not the film, that way I never had to lie. But when the studios brought the work in house I needed to rethink what I wanted to do with my talents as an editor and a Producer. I decided to work in a different arena. Producing with a purpose. Creating videos for Non-Profits and people that made a difference. It felt great, the results were magnificent, but my paycheck was in good karma not dollars. Good for the short run, but day in day out, someone needs to have a budget. In actuality, the work I did for Safe Passage got me lots of paid work ( It proved to be a compelling Demo of my storytelling skills.) But it was only one client that had recognized my talent, I needed more! … The best advise I got at the convention was from the best-selling author and motivational speaker, Lisa Nichols. (Chicken Soup for the African American Soul) She advised me to align myself with powerful people, by offering my service at no charge in exchange for recommendations and referrals. I had already done that very successfully for the Domestic Violence group, but they were a small unknown non-profit in Los Angeles, I just missed the part about a recognizable name. Safe Passage founder, Trish Steele has used the videos I produced very well and used them to capture the attention of the broadcast media, which to me (and for Safe Passage) is a Home Run!
Anyways, back to Lisa Nichols, I made her an offer of my services for free, right then and there, but understandably she wanted to check out my work. I am sure I got lost in the avalanche of mail she receives as I never got any feedback…This is when the Secret begins to really reveal itself … While I am waiting to hear from Lisa, I get a call from a woman who is launching a new non-profit called World As One. Our mutual friend Nia Peeples told her that I was the one to talk to about video. I was thrilled to be involved, and I suggested I produce a piece about her group and who is on board with her as she begins to build awareness. Who was on her Board? Michael Bernard Beckwith!
Now that is what I call the universe responding to my intentions!
this is a test of my virgin blog output….anybody listening out there? I have been talking to anybody that would listen about the amazing stories and people I have come across in my journey as a documentary maker. Ok, that’s a pretty big word for what I do. I really like to understand what makes things work, why people react one way or another fascinates me. I have high hopes for this blog as an outlet for the many pearls of wisdom that the people I have worked with have shared.
If you read my bio, you know that I spent the first 20 years of my career working in Hollywood producing TV segments to publicize new feature film releases. I got the job the old fashioned way… nepotism. My mother had been an Emmy award winning TV personality who turned 40 and got fired for being too old….She came to Los Angles and started doing what she had done on her own show, except she stayed off camera and supplied her work to tv stations across the country to use as if they had done the interview. I started out as eye candy, my first job for my mom was to look cute while she was shooting an interview with Jack Lemon at his home in Beverly Hills. Luckily for me there was a lot of room for growth and I soon learned I had a knack and passion for video tape editing, and after editing my mother’s interviews for several years, I also learned how to interview, to get people to feel comfortable and tell me anything. Working with my mother I met and interviewed just about every major movie star from 1994-2008. It sounds much more glamorous than it was but it paid well and it had a high cool factor outside of Hollywood. Then like many of us, the world changed in 2008. For me, that was when the studios started being run by bean counters rather than film makers. The bottom line became the master not the product…people will watch anything, look at what happened to Television…who would have thought that Snookie would be a speaker at Rutgers? But the truth is, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
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