An April Weekend

I’ve had a busy weekend.

First of all, you should know I got a job. It’s a part-time thing and it came in the nick of time, according to my bank account. I don’t know what this means for the acting thing. At first I thought it meant I’d just have to quit acting, since I’ve never really done both acting (professionally and successfully) and a job at the same time. But this job seems to be a bit flexible, and I might be able to keep doing the acting on top of it after all.

That is, assuming there are any acting jobs to do. Calgary’s been…dry lately. I mean, I suppose there are jobs here and there, but not for someone like me. The quickest fix to this, of course, is to stop waiting around for work and make my own stuff. Which is how Phone Call happened. I saw the first cut on Friday and it’s looking really good! Short, sweet, and simple. But with my last short film, SIV, I did my own editing which kept me plenty busy and immersed in filmmaking for months. This time, my friends Ximena and Mark (Assistant Director and Director of Photography for Phone Call, respectively. They also directed this, once upon a time.) are working on the post-production stuff for me, leaving me with a ton of time that I should be using to work on my next script. Or my novel at least. Or the other videos I need to edit. I don’t know. Something.

On Saturday evening, I attended the Herland Mentorship Program Screening. Herland promotes female filmmakers and it has a mentorship program where female filmmakers (writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound engineers, etc.) mentor new female filmmakers and they work together to make short films. They made six short films this year, which were screened at this event, and I was lucky enough to be in four of them, as a main role or background, or something in-between. The screening was a lot of fun. I got to see everyone from set that I haven’t seen since we wrapped and a bunch more friends who were part of the film industry and were there to support the filmmakers. The shorts will now be making festival rounds, I expect, so they won’t be available to show you for a while yet.

One of these short films, by the way, was directed by Ximena, mentioned above, and another by Vanessa, who directed this way back when.

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The photos I got are terrible. Forgive me.

I had the orientation for my new job yesterday. I’m pretty excited about it. And then it was my sister’s birthday! She’s twenty now, which is weird. She’s going off on adventures and becoming her own person. I kind of miss going off on adventures.

Which reminds me, I should go work on my book. 22 868 words in. Many more to go. I haven’t been writing as I ought to, between the job search and a myriad of other things. I’ll get back to it now.

 

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