January 29, 2008

my turn

So, I've taken off the horns of jealousy because today I had news that will actually make Will green with envy. I can't wait to see his face when he gets off the plane and I announce....

Today I was asked to work on a project as part of my internship that our fav comedic actor will guest star on. When I found I was just like, "oh, yeah?" to the producer but really I was pee my pants excited! And I may be there for the shooting!

Yeah, I'm happy!

Also, my new office rocks. The whole place is bright and artsy. Everyone is down to earth. We don't have to wear suits like in my old job. See up until now I've been working from home because I had NO IDEA how FABULOUS this place is. From now on I'll be the office girl.

January 28, 2008

green with jealousy

Will just called me from New York. He was on the David Letterman show today. He's front row center so look for him when you watch tonight.

Jessica Alba was the star. I think he has a bit of a crush now due to the whole view from the front row.

He's in New York. I am jealous.

He's on Letterman. I am so jealous.

A job that lets you have the afternoon off to go be on a talk show - I am so so jealous.

Need I go on?


January 24, 2008

Hard Cold Reality

Well, I can officially say that I work in the TV biz. Well, I'm interning but no diff....

This is my second week. I'm working at a production company and loving it. I thought they'd have me fetching coffee or some other bottom of the barrel type thing but nope, they've already go me doing some writing for them.

Today I had to read a script the company received for consideration and then give them my opinion as to a) whether it was any good and b) how well I think it would do with today's viewers. Basically coverage, but more in depth. They had no time at all to read it themselves so if I gave it a big fat X, they'd simply throw it in the trash.

I suddenly pictured myself come April, mailing out one of my scripts -- you know, one that I have slaved over, to a production company, hopeful that I might get a positive response. But instead of anyone who is anyone reading it...yup, you guessed it, they pass it to the intern to read -- to make or break my life. And of course this is bad because:

1) the intern may have no clue what he or she is doing
2) I might be competition for said intern and he/she might put a red X through it faster than I put my stamp on the envelope
3) the intern might not give a shit about anything more than putting their hours in -- a shitty review is easier than a favourable one
4) the intern might have really crappy taste

BOTTOM LINE : As sad as it is, this nightmare scenario is very realistic. I like to picture the writing world in a very different light. Me --the introvert - sitting in my lovely loft writing up a storm and pressing send, not worrying about sales or anything else outside the world I've put down on paper, but it doesn't work that way. It's a BUSINESS. That means you schmooze or you lose, you kiss ass, you bug everyone you can. And your script better be so god damn good that it will knock the socks off of anybody -- even an intern who falls under problems 1 through 4 above.

So, I was a very very GOOD intern today. I treated the script with the same respect I hope mine will get. I wrote up a great synopsis of the show and a very thorough and honest critique...even did research on today's marketplace.

I'd like to say I did it so the universe would treat me in kind but I didn't. I did it because I believe that every script and every person deserves respect. Okay, this post is starting to sound like an after school special. I'm done now.

January 20, 2008

Nasty phone call

Well, picture me on Friday, home not feeling well at all and getting the following phone call:

Me: Hello
Sales Lady : Hi. Can I speak to your mom or dad?
Me: excuse me?
Sales Lady: I need to speak to your mom or dad.
Me: (in a really sour tone) I happen to be the woman of this house, thank you very much.
Sales Lady: Oh ummm, well you sound like a teenager.
Me: Really? Well, I'm not.
Sales Lady: So, anyway, we're selling some....
Me: No thanks.
Sales Lady: But really, this will give you a chance to help...
Me: I said, No.
Sales Lady: But...


Man, after the insult she should have just given up.

January 17, 2008

Mojo is back

So, I just got my internship and I have to BRAG that I got the coolest one in the city. I'm gonna get to work on some scripts that are currently being pitched for funding and I'm gonna get to do most of my work from home.

First things I love most about scriptwriting is:

The writing itself - Duh!

But the second part is that other than a few face to face idea swapping meetings, you can work from home in your pj's. I Loooove working from home in my pj's for all the obvious reasons.

Oh, and my great news is that my mojo is back. I saw the casting call for my short script listed online and was like OMG - that's my script!!! and suddenly my mojo came running after me. I love it when that happens. Now I can just sit back and let it do all the work.

January 10, 2008

Mojo - where the hell are ya?

Well, everything has gone askew for me in the last week. Usually my type A personality doesn't let me down but so far this week:

- I've been late for every class
- My furnace broke and we had to sleep with no heat in the middle of friggin winter
- Today furnace guy showed up late so I missed class
- Was supposed to enter my scripts in a competition but didn't cause I was lazy (still have like 5 days till the deadline though)
- Haven't walked doggy for a few days so she's in a sulk - poor thing - excuse on this one - I'm lazy

So, I don't think I've ever been lazy. I attribute this lack of mojo to the fact I misplaced my cell phone on Sunday and I've felt very lost without it.

The cool thing though is that a few minutes ago I heard the beep my cell phone makes when it is out of juice...followed the beep to a stack of papers and voila - my cell was under them.

So now that my cell is back -- I hope my mojo is attached.

January 3, 2008

Let down

I had been looking forward to seeing Juno all holiday. Yesterday, we finally saw it. Of course it was only showing in the smallest theatre...

Anyways, it let me down.

What I liked:

the witty dialogue

Ellen page. I mean, she is from my home town.

What I didn't like:

the fact the majority of the characters especially the teenagers were completely unemotional and well I have yet to meet an unemotional teenager.

the subplots were lacking.

where was the dimension?

Will loved it. As long as something makes him laugh he gives it a thumbs up.

Anyways, I'm not saying I hated it. I had the whole thing worked up in my mind as the movie of the year or something and I guess with expectations that high I should have seen it coming. Note to self: New Years resolution - lower expectations.

January 2, 2008

X - mas tidbits

Sorry for my absence from the blogging world...I have been in rural Nova Scotia, snowed in and loving every moment of it.

The first half of our vacation was spent at my grammies house where for the first time in five years we were all together. God we laughed and laughed and laughed.

The second half of our vacay we spent at my in laws and let me say I LOOOOOVE my in laws! They always make me feel like a real daughter and I always have a fab time with them. I got to see my three year old niece....three going on six, I swear!

Sometimes when I go home, I wonder if I made the wrong choice, moving to the capital city. I am a city girl but life in the valley is just so wonderful. I mean almost everyone makes a living with their own business, usually environmentally friendly and well, I think Will and I could do an awesome job at that. It would mean more time together and more time with family. Also, we looked at real estate - we could buy a place comparable to ours for half the price and food is 2/3'rds of the price. **SIGH** But where would I be without traffic, cineplex theatres, Thai restaurants, facials, manicures, yoga, etc.??

Ten tidbits from our holidays:

1. My three year old niece stays up later than hubby and I do. No joke. She is competition for the energizer bunny!
2. My three year old niece only eats salad, fruit plates, cheese and bread and just the odd bite of meat. You go girl!
3. My three year old niece can bake bread from scratch all on her own. I attribute this to the food she's eating....see number 2.
4. Apparently there are five levels to Alzheimer's and as long as you don't go past four you are fine....you'd have to be at our Christmas Eve blast to appreciate this one!
5. My dad just got back from working in Indonesia and got everyone an Indonesian Christmas present this year. And we all had to model....wish I could upload the pics. Indonesians are pretty small but this was the first year my dad found a store that carried size XXL for my uncle and was told it would have a slimming effect. Well, as he modeled it around the living room - the pounds - they just came off!
6. A friend of ours is running a completely organic farm. Totally awesome guy.
7. Will put together his first CD. He will start selling it online soon. It totally rocks and I am not biased at all. I've listened to nothing else in the rental car.
8. I've actually got a list of resolutions which I will post later.
9. I arrived home to an angry dog who chewed us out for being away even though her Grandma spoiled her rotten.
10. We gave our dog a finger puppet and a new cozy bed and we found instant redemption. Wish everything in life was that easy.