Water with Lemon Production & Play

Photo by Cory Schwartz © 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watched my WATER WITH LEMON pilot script come to life over the weekend.  The amount of work that it takes to write, raise money, cast talent, lock down crew, coordinate schedules and so on, is pure insanity.  It’s 9 months of labor for the birth of a frantic, monster baby, you can only hope will rock everyone’s world with laughter.

Oh yes, this is me and Paul Calderon who played POPS.

Photo by Cory Schwartz © 2012

The production process has a million moving variables, none of which you can hold too tightly.  The pre production process is filled with highs of excitement followed by lows of disappointment when those highs fall through.  In terms of a spiritual practice, the process is an ideal microcosm to work with.  But really, what process isn’t?

It’s important to find the sense of “play.”  In yoga class a few weeks ago, the teacher went on and on about animals and how scientist are confused why they “play;” there’s no future reward in it.  They wrestle, tackle, and laugh with one another for what seems to be for just the pure joy of the moment.

Through pre production, production, and then post, it’s hard to find this sense of play and joy within the moment.  It all feels like it’s for some promised reward in the future.  But that reward is a moving target, it’s non-specific, and it’s not actually promised.  There’s a potential, yes, but there’s no definite.  So why not play?  Drop the anxiety, anticipation, regret and such.  Just enjoy the process.

When my stress level went through the roof, the best advice came from my girlfriend who I bamboozled into sitting in the background as an extra.  She text, “make the best of this.” So simple.  Hard to remember at times.  But we should really make the best of every moment, dropping the past, forgetting the future, and finding the play within each moment.

WATER WITH LEMON

It’s time for a new web series!

As the fourth of July passed, I couldn’t help but reminisce about last year’s hot, sweaty, 4th of July shoot.  It was the first day filming PARKER & MAGGIE.  Mistake number one: shooting on a day everyone has off, is partying AND there are fireworks.  Sound was a challenge!  Number two? Get a make up artist – especially when people’s faces are sweating off.

A year has past, and I’m all the more wiser.  With that said, I’m bringing a new project to the table: WATER WITH LEMON.

Working in a restaurant can really suck the life from you.  It’s downright demoralizing at times.  I’ve literally taken 30 second breaks to cry in the bathroom, regroup, and get grounded.  BUT I’ve taken the experience and turned it into the inspiration for this web series.  The various bars and restaurants I’ve worked at over the past few years have served as inspiration.  The people I’ve encountered, worked with, argued with,  given attitude to, received attitude from, and wanted to punch, have been some of my greatest teachers.

Restaurant work feels like team sports.  Everyone bitches about the work, the boss/coach, and the demands.  But at the end of the team, the teams laughs about the struggles they endured together, and how NO ONE ELSE understands.

I want to bring to life the humor of that sentiment.  And so was born, WATER WITH LEMON.

Please “like” on FACEBOOK to keep posted on the project.

And most importantly, help this idea become a reality.  Become a backer on KICKSTARTER.

I can’t tell the story without your help, and I can’t begin to express my gratitude for those who’ve already supported.

Searching for X (another year…)

I realized it’s been a year since I started writing this blog.  Oct. 10th 2010 was the first entry.  I remember standing at work, writing the entry.  I was working in a restaurant, so I was definitely not supposed to be online, let alone “blogging.”  “Costume Hunting,” was the name of the entry.  Here I am, a year later, and it’s that time of year again.

Ironically, I left that restaurant 6 months ago, and now find myself back there once a week.  In some ways, nothing has changed.

In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago.

I hit “submit” with an overwhelming sense of fear.  “Find your voice,” “TRUST your voice,” have been what people have told me the past few years.  I’ve heard it in acting class, yoga class, life, etc.  “Find your own way to express light,” was my favorite wording.  How do you illuminate truth? What does that even mean?  My preoccupation with these questions mirrors my preoccupation with the concept of “story” and the power in telling stories.  We’re all living a story with the power to learn its lesson and the power to re-write the twists and turns.

Life offers us countless challenges to purify the soul.  It’s a battle, learning how to face situations without jumping to an emotional response.  But those challenges are gifts, without which we’d never grow and evolve.

An acupuncturist once told me to look over my days, each night.  See the day and how it played out, and ask yourself, “Have I gotten closer to myself or further from myself, today?”

Here I am a year later, and it’s Halloween season.  The difference is, I’ve been spending the last few days looking for someone else’s costume (oh the joys of part time, personal assistant gigs).  I haven’t been thinking of my own potential costume, or any ways to mask myself.

I’ve put my “voice” out there a number of ways this past year through song, a number of projects, a web series, and all the ways in which life required me to speak.   I could only attempt to have the best intention behind all.

Perhaps, I’ve gotten a little closer to myself this past year?  It’s a constant trek up the mountain, but with each step we have the choice to get a little closer.