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.