The past Monday, the production caravaned down the NJ Turnpike to Fort Dix, NJ, where the contestants (more on that in another post) participated in some competitive drills. I found a number of crushed empty rifle shells, which I plan to give to my niece >;) and I chatted with some of the Army soldiers who escorted us. I can say this with absolutely no fear of reprisal or contradiction, that the soldiers are not happy about Iraq and how it's caused havoc and financial distress on their personal lives. It's cool that most civilians I've observed have been sympathetic to the trials the soldiers have endured personally while having to fight in a war that should've never happened in a lot of peoples' opinion, but unfortunately the federal government... well never mind, that's an entirely different post yet to come.
After this, which should wrap around mid-May, I'm helping a publisher convert some files into Microsoft Publisher for a yearbook-type of thingy, I'm not sure (but apparently I'm the only temp in the tri-state area with experience with Microsoft Publisher, which makes me wonder how bad this possibly could be...) and then I'm lining up some stagehand work, doing concert load-ins and load-outs. Hey, it's steady work, which I need to support myself for two reasons:
A.) I intend to move from my current basement (and periodically flooded) apartment asap, likely to a larger space that is AWAY from the noise and filth of lowlife neighbors, so I need consistent paystubs to show that I'm capable of maintaining the rent, and...
B.) This might render the first point moot, but I'm planning to produce and direct several scripts I have written or edited, which means that I will be approaching the big time soon.
I have a feature that I've been writing and rewriting for several years, and it has generated some interest among aspiring producer folk. I have a producing partner who's making contacts like crazy and reaching places I've not dared to go who is absolutely behind me on this; he told me today that he showed a piece of my work to another aspiring producer who now is interested in contacting me (I'm flattered, but I'm also loyal), not to mention some of the experienced industry folk who have peeked at a portion of my work and have really liked it. So, now you have an idea of the stress I was feeling at least a month ago, which has dissipated somewhat as I put plan A in action and actively develop plan B. I predict major relief by June, but in the meantime I'm hanging on and making adjustments.
So, what does this all mean? I'm cautiously optimistic, but working hard to make this really happen. I'll keep you posted... >;)