Adapt. Change. Go with the Flow.

Acting is an unstable industry. Usually nothing goes the way you think it will. You can audition for something you’re perfect for and… nothing. You can have a great meeting with an agent, but not get signed. Even when you’re creating your own work things don’t always go according to plan. I pride myself on plans. That’s why I was thrown for such a loop lately.

I was dead set on the ending for one of my latest projects and it did not work out how I wanted it. Heck, I still think I might get the shot I want, if only… but I cannot rely on if onlys. As a filmmaker it’s up to me to make decisions that are right for the project. Or at least allow the project to be completed. If I wait around, I STILL may not get exactly what I want and what could have been a hilarious short that helps launch my career to the next level will sit in a file on my computer until the end of time. I don’t want that. You shouldn’t settle for it either. Done is better than perfect.

It was going to be hilarious, my ending. It had to do with an ice cream truck in the park. The same ice cream truck that’s there every day of the week – rain or shine. The ice cream truck that’s there in February (I know this from experience. I’ve totally bought ice cream in the dead of winter. When I wasn’t pregnant. Don’t judge.)

As my cameraman said “If I were a betting man, I would bet you that truck would be there every day of the summer.” After all, isn’t it peak ice cream season? However, as Murphy’s Law would have it, as soon as I wrote the ice cream truck in my script, it was nowhere IceCreamShotto be found. In the middle of summer, heat index over 100°, never felt anything like this humidity in the city and there’s no ice cream truck. How does that make sense? I’ve gone to the park for the last three weekends looking for that damn truck. Aaaaaaaaaand…no. So I had to adapt. I had to change. I had to go with the flow.

I rewrote the ending. I’m not 100% happy about it, but sometimes you have to compromise. You have to move forward with the project. I could keep waiting, yet there are number of factors that keep me from that. To list a few: 1. I lost my cameraman after Labor Day weekend. 2. I’m having a baby in a couple of weeks. (!!) 3. The project is about me being extremely pregnant – it doesn’t exactly work if I no longer have a belly. Does me no good at all.

I had to adapt. Had to change. Had to go with the flow.

Who knows, maybe my film will be stronger with the new ending. And dare I say, funnier? We shall see.

 

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