Everyone always thinks that being envolved with the film and fashion industry is all fun. In fact it’s takes a lot of hard work and patience. Even someone with a decent résumé with a few A listers can find themselves lost in the mix of things. Unfortunately, the outside world doesn’t quite understand or even respect what it takes to be successful in this business. It seems like even a lot of supporting positions don’t even know. Management, Agents, Attorneys, etc.
Writing can be a great escape from the mundane and clueless outside world. So many professionals in film and fashion influence much of how we think and perceive over the world around us. Yet our attitudes towards industry professionals seem to carry a lot of negativity especially here in Atlanta.
Right now I have one feature set in NY stuck in placement for the last three years, a pilot set for Atlanta that I’ve been trying to get shot for the last year and now currently developing a film+fashion brand from the ground up.
I guess you can say I’m trying to stay busy. Oh yeah and a mother who thinks I should be applying for minimum wage jobs in the meantime. Sorry I’ve gone to college as well as done some post bachelors work. That may be slightly misplaced energy. I actually worked a few part time jobs while writing but it seemed to be a cut off point when I wanted to either work full time or move into management role. Try explaining not following up on years of hard work when you meet that opportunity to pay student loans and start a family because you we’re wresting a dead end job that your mom wanted you to get.
My film+fashion brand is off to a pretty good start. I’ve been working with Fashion/Graphic Designer Camilla Behrens and I have a celebrity stylist interview coming up. It should be exciting. I will keep everyone posted.
I recently received an alarming email from one of the biggest casting directors in Miami informing me that Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is “ready to go” with the demolition of Coconut Grove Convention Center, Burn Notice’s home base. Relocation seems to be an easy fix, however, the cost of to move Burn Notice to another stage and office location will be at least one million dollars and possibly move the production out of Miami.
With the Commissioner’s decision to not renew the city’s lease and demolish Coconut Grove Convention Center to build a park it is clear that the Commisioner has undervalued the film community and economic value of employing 150+ jobs per day.
Influencing other productions to be a part of Miami’s unique and exquisite landscape isn’t a priority. Not to mention the all the revenue that the hospitality industries stand to benefit from.
The Commissioner’s failed attempt to create a government funded film studio using CRA could be why he doesn’t want anyone else in the film community to benefit from the Miami’s growing film and tv demand. A portion of the proposed film studio was sold off for a million dollars.
Commissioner Sarnoff’s park is linked to a private condominium development across the street from the Burn Notice site.
A campaign has begun to inform Commissioner Marc Sarnoff of the importance of supporting the film community. I encourage all my industry friends and those are interested to email letters to firstname.lastname@example.org and CC email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a link to the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Burn-Notice-In-Miami/380170055384302?ref=hl
There will be a City Of Miami commission meeting held on Thursday, July 26, at 10:00am. We are asking for your support and to please come to this meeting and rally for our film community. The meeting will be held at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American drive, Miami, Florida 33133.