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Flashback with me to summer 2012...Amidst waiting tables 30-40 hours a week, I was also spending any time and money i could spare to get in front of a couple of casting directors enough times for them to want to start calling me in for TV and commercial gigs. When I finally booked a couple co-stars and national commercials, I was STOKED! but man was I tired...I had to figure out some sort of creative outlet so I didn't hate "the grind" of show business.
So I decided to celebrate my first commercial residuals and cut back to 3 shifts a week at the restaurant so i could leave more time for auditions and start writing coz thats how you get your own show...I know what you're thinking....what if i'm not a writer??? Well, I'm not a writer either, but the first rule of writing is, write what you know. What do I know? well I like to eat yummy vegan food and I'm good at cooking it...so let's start there.
Then about a year into documenting recipes on the blog...I thought...you know what would be amazing? my own cooking show...and I cook a lot already. Why don't I just film it with my dinky camera or iPhone and invite some of my brilliantly talented friends to come over and eat it with me so I can brag about them on camera? Now here we are 2 years after i started my first written blog with a "Vlog" that i shoot, edit, and market with the help of my amazing husband, sister, mentors, colleagues, and friends.
I may not be making money from these videos (yet)...but at least I'm not waiting for someone to give me permission to work anymore...and it keeps leading me to new creative, lucrative, and really fulfilling opportunities and its creating relationships with people with similar goals and dreams...and I am a lot more relaxed when I audition now!!! all because I TRUSTED my gut and my dreams enough to open my mouth and ask for help from people that were better than me.
Now there are a lot of things that happened in between then to what I'm doing now and I'll share those things as this blog series goes on...but it all comes down to one thing....Trust. In theory its a simple concept but there are so many layers to the feeling that it takes many people years or even a lifetime to trust...in themselves, their family, friends, or an idea. The irony? How do we know that something won't happen or won't work unless we actually do it or try it? Here is the best part...The more we let ourselves trust....forget taking risks, you start to manifest dreams. So next time you doubt something, if you're not risking yours or someone else's life, what's the worst that could happen?
just friggin do ...as Mark Duplass brilliantly puts it...
"Here's the good news: Who gives the fuck about the cavalry? You are the cavalry. You have a group of friends that needs your support. As they get more successful and you make a shitty movie, they will lift you up. This will equalize you."
YOU ARE THE CAVALRY (read the whole article on IndieWire)
Here's the recipe for the month featuring another person I've brought on to my own cavalry...the amazing Christina Ramirez aka THE VEGAN NUGGET! This is just the beginning for us lady :) #staytuned
FIESTA BREAKFAST CASSEROLE:
1 medium sized Bell Pepper chopped (any color)
2 cups of chopped mushroom (any type)
1 bunch/bag spinach chopped
1/2 chopped onion (any type)
2 cups of organic cornmeal (polenta)
32 oz box of Veggie Stock
about 1-2 tbsp olive oil for cooking the veggies
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (this gives it a parmesean cheese type creaminess)
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp paprika
Salt/Pepper to taste
Serves up to 6 people