So, I had to sit down and write this because it means so much! You’d think that this is just one of those Hollywood insider stories, those blasé, supposedly I wanna help myself sell a book or one of those self-help articles you get online. But it really isn’t!
I wanted to share with you guys a personal story about my experience this year with a person who has helped me personally and means a lot to who I am as a person. Of course I wanted to get this on paper before I forget all the good stuff I came up with in the car just before I sat down. So bear with me please!
I’ve had very few people in my life who have given things to me that have influenced who I am as a person. Those who have taught me the important things which affected me are rich with knowledge and passion (I know this word will be over used in my story so deal with it!). Anyway, this person let’s call her Simona (Really! That’s her name), who I worked with at the production studio in San Diego has been such a big part of me the filmmaker, well up-and –coming filmmaker, that I need to tell you who she is and why she’s so important.
From the first day I met her, she was as kind and as nice as anyone could possibly be. Not saying she’s as innocent as I make her sound (she’s really a drummer chick), but she is a true professional. Simona found time to teach me the ropes, the true nature of film and video production. She took the time to listed to my questions, critique my work, give me helpful answers to better ways to do things. Every moment of her time was dedicated to perfection. I respect that most of all because I’m used to it. Being a Marine for one, and knowing who really gives a shit about who they are and what they do!
And Simona is that person. (period!!) She has the know-how and keenness (odd word but okay!), which of course she’d argue against that she does but I’m telling this story so, I know what I’m talking about! So don’t argue Simona if you’re reading this! Haha.
It became a tremendous opportunity to meet someone who’d help when I needed it and someone who shared their true insight and dreams, some of which I share the same things. But so much for telling about me… Back to Simona.
This is a young woman who made it her goal to get to Hollywood, not just like everyone else, but a full out mission in life. She worked hard every day that I saw her on the job. She is on top of her game and seeks out all there is to learn on how to become better. She told me quite a few times while driving on deliveries for work, about her thoughts and aspirations, of where she wanted to go. Listening to her talk about becoming a producer. Of course she slaved over her job putting in grueling hours at depositions (THE most boring videography EVER!). But she sacrificed, taking what she could get to see her dream through to now!
She is thoughtful and considerate. Which is a quality that only those other people I’ve met in the industry, which I’m not going to name drop, not now anyway! LOL. My experience with Hollywood so far has been good, and I know that Simona will fit right in. Unlike most, and far and few between, she has this terrifically great attitude. Making sure I did things write, telling me and showing me what I needed to grow! Giving and assisting in any way she could. Her boss Mike depended on her, telling me that he never had to wonder or worry about what she was doing because he knew he could count on her.
This is what I couldn’t say but wanted to! So before I start breaking down in tears, again, I wanted all of you to know that I will miss her. She gave me more than I expected, more that I asked, and more than most! And I know that she is going to become greater that you can imagine. So keep an eye out for her and know that you to will be impressed and working for her at that big Hollywood studio on some famously great gig…
Love and best wishes Drummer Chick!
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