Saturday, September 7, 2019

My Journey in Korean Drama: Part Two

Part two in what is now officially a Korean Drama series. ^_^ 

(Please forgive the glitchy moments throughout. My editing program seems to be going downhill lately. Looking around for a new one!) 



Monday, August 12, 2019

BIG, CRAZY ANNOUNCEMENT

Here's an announcement so big I had to put it in a post form so I could share it properly. I am sharing some backstory for context, because you need to know what led to this moment. 

So at the beginning of this summer, I had just left another miserable job and still being tossed with the tide of existential angst and uncertainty with my work (my real work). At this time, a friend recommended I try watching Korean Dramas (TV series) and they have been GAME CHANGING for my work and my heart. I detailed why that is my video post HERE

For the past two years, I have worked tirelessly on building my portfolio. I not only finalized the publication of my novel, but I also finished three feature film scripts, and wrote a short film called Adoration, which we shot earlier this year and is currently in the post-production (aka: editing) phase. This is all while working full-time, buying and establishing my first home, trying to manage my health, and the various adulting duties all that entails. I was happy when I finished my third feature last month and could take a little break from writing to finally put my stuff out there. 


Me in 2017 with my first completed
feature script, The Guide.

I have been submitting my scripts to contests since the start of this year. However, contests often cost money, so I have had to spread out the entries over months. I know contests are also not always profitable, but I told myself I'd do it throughout this year and see what happens. If nothing, I will not continue next year, but try something else. 

First, I made the Top 100 for the Emerging Screenwriter's Shoot Your Sizzle competition in April. This was for the first feature script I completed, The Guide, and my first time placing in a screenwriting competition. Even though I didn't win, I was over the moon to receive the recognition at all. 

I kept submitting to others, but I have been very picky about the ones I choose. In light of my my blossoming love for Korean Drama and the Korean style of storytelling in general, I decided to submit two screenplays to the Seoul International Film Festival set to take place next month. This particular festival was huge for a while, but sort of fell off the map back in 2008-09. After a decade of quiet, they finally revived it, and I am so excited they did! 

This past week was an absolute dumpster fire for a lot of reasons, but in the midst of all that, I received two e-mails... both of my scripts had been selected to include in the festival. 


I still haven't picked my jaw up off the floor. I am still processing, because this is a BIG deal for me personally. 

They are going to award the best screenplay with a table read from actors live at the festival. Even if it's not one of mine, I am over the moon once again to even be selected not once, but twice! I know they received a lot of submissions so I don't take this lightly at all. 

Within the context of taking a leap of faith and trusting in the Lord, I knew once I saw those e-mails that I needed to be there to represent my work. So I am taking that leap with the support of my family and friends. I will be going Seoul-lo (see what I did there) to Korea next month to attend the festival. I am excited, but very nervous too. I will be spending the next month preparing in a variety of ways, including learning language and culture basics. There are a lot of social norms and customs I want to make sure I know well before I go. I won't be able to do anything touristy really, but I have a feeling this will be the first of many times I will be traveling there. Time will tell.


Seoul, South Korea view. 

Even though it may seem like this happened overnight, it most certainly did not. I have made it my life's mission to tell stories on-screen since I was 8 years old. I have been writing and writing, and working and hoping and praying every single day for the subsequent 26 years. Additionally, I'm not there yet, I haven't broken through yet, but this could be a singular moment in which such a breakthrough comes into being. I don't know. What I do know, is that I will be there, and I will never stop. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Mr. Sunshine & My Journey in Korean Drama

I have finally begun my Korean Drama journey, and my life will never be the same again. This video is mostly a review of Mr. Sunshine, the story I desperately needed and will never get over. *This review is free of any major spoilers for the show. 


Monday, June 17, 2019

This isn't working...


YouTube pressure, social media, and why “THE” method is not my method… 



Thursday, May 9, 2019

No More Stars - Why I Won't Be Rating Anymore


The title says it all. This is a subject that has been on my mind for some time, and I know we all will feel differently about it. I would love to know what you think! 




Sunday, April 28, 2019

One Crazy Week - Vlog

This is a little late being posted to the blog, but still the most recent update. 

The world is literally on fire, I’m on set twice, screenplay contests, and more. Juggling the contents of this past crazy week.



Thursday, April 11, 2019

Making time to make!

It’s the age-old question asked by all creatives, but especially in our modern world…. How do I find the time to do the things I love? How do I find the time to make what I want to make? I answer as best I can and discuss my thoughts on the subject here.



Friday, March 29, 2019

Taking Risks - Or, that time I sent a video to Taika Waititi

In this video, I share a story of a time I took a crazy risk and why we all must take risks for the sake of our creations.  



Sunday, March 24, 2019

Savor - Thoughts on Art & Mass Consumption

I made a thing! This is coming from a person whose life is on-screen storytelling. But it's important in our overly-saturated culture to consider what, how, & why we consume content. Thanks to @dp_illustration for providing the foundation for this video.



Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Review| Aquaman

Yes, five stars is high, but remember stars can be about how much you love a thing, not just whether or not it was technically proficient.

In short, I freaking love this movie!




Wednesday, December 12, 2018

My "Appearance" on the INNER MONOLOGUE PODCAST ^_^

Hi all,  

Happy Christmastime! 

I was introduced to Thomas of the Inner Monologue Podcast through a friend of mine and we have a nice conversation here, about life, the universe, and nerdiness. My portion of the podcast starts at 20:30. Thanks for listening! 😊