I know that normally our blog posts appear on Fridays, but I began my Monday with two very inspiring conversations. One was with an old friend talking about what happens when one takes that leap into doing something new. My friend had been watching the show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" about a woman who left a high paying job and seemingly successful life in New York City to live in California near her old flame. The show is cheesy and quite frankly I don't want to make it sound deeper than the shallow bit of comedy it really is, but it does raise good questions. What happens when a person does take a leap and tries for a whole new life? Is it worth it? What about the people in your life who just don't understand--friends, family, spouses--people who were very comfortable with your life the way it was and do not understand why you want to move out of it???
The truth is that life is short and it is my firm conviction that we are here to experience this world to the fullest....in many different forms and with many different people. It's okay to have fun, to feel alive, to move beyond "just comfortable" and that's how I got started on this adventure of making movies. I love this new adventure and that brings me to my second inspiring conversation today. That conversation was with my partner, John Gerds. John and I talked about some of the challenges of making a movie and about our partnership, how we are both committed to this amazing adventure. There are several phases to making a movie: preproduction, production, post-production, and distribution. John shared how important it is to keep the big picture in mind during all these phases.
I knew when I talked to him the very first time that we could do great things together, but these past few months have truly shown me that he is more than just a talented, experienced director. John is a person of substance who understands that commitment to a project means more than just hanging on when things are easy. He is committed to completing a great movie and is prepared for all of the bumps in the road that we might encounter. He is the type of partner who knows that we'll be getting our hands dirty, but in the end we'll be living our adventure to the fullest.
As our "family" grows adding our investment partners, actors, etc. I am fully confident that I have taken this leap for all the right reasons with all the right people. This is going to be one hell of a ride!
Feel free to share a leap you have taken or are considering taking.
Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.