Hurry Up And Wait (Or Why It’s Like A Marathon And A Sprint)

We are knee deep in Love in the Time of Monsters action right now.  Between casting, financing, scheduling, and negotiating it's all pretty wild.  Of course, I'd give you more details, but then I'd have to kill you.  But never fear: In due time, all will be revealed, and it will be glorious!

In my years hanging around the entertainment business, I've always lovingly (not really) complained about the "hurry up and wait" syndrome.  Basically it's where you haul ass at the last minute to do something, only to be told to hold on once you get all ready to go: no matter what position you are in, it always seems to rear it's head.  As an actor, you get a last minute call to audition for a commercial, making you shuffle your plans.  You have a great audition, but have to wait days if not weeks to hear back weather you got the part or not.

I thought this syndrome would ease up a bit as I got more into the producing side of things.  Unfortunately, not only does it still happen to me, I actually do it other people now as well!  I get everybody ready for some big moment in pre-production, only to have something else I didn't expect happen, and have to put everybody on hold.  It took me being "that guy" to really understand the pressure and crazy puzzle-like atmosphere that surrounds making a movie, tv show, etc.

This really is just my way of apologizing to all those people I made fun of over the years who made me wait, and to the people that I'm making wait now... I promise it will all be worth it soon enough 🙂

Life's got a funny way of giving you a new perspective on things.  But that's why we do these things, isn't it?

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  1. Here’s a little something that helps me during production. “Never move until the mumbling stops.” Glad to hear things are progressing. October will be here before you know it.

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