Early one morning this past January, I wrote a comedy web series called, The Mom List. It wasn't intentional and certainly not planned. It just came out, like when a child projectile vomits all over you. There's no warning and you certainly don't see it coming, but you feel better when it's over. For me, it was the moment that would change the next 9 months of my life.
After taking a break to focus on my voiceover career and have children, I was ready to jump into acting again. I was intimidated by my own age and lack of on screen acting career, but I decided I needed to take matters into my own hands anyway. After all, how was I ever going to get an opportunity when my resume was full of roles from my twenties? My biggest fans were my three children. Though absolutely rewarding, the only role they were hiring me for was to be their Mommy.
So, while the kids were at school, I held auditions, I interviewed directors of photography, I managed an amazing crew, I directed a talented cast, I figured out how to create shot lists, I designed sets, I created wardrobe palettes, I managed a budget and I made props with my kids after school. Never once did I stop to think "What am I doing?" I didn't dare do that, because I knew if I did, I'd lose my nerve.
I've always loved to tell stories that made people laugh. Even at a young age, I knew how to embellish an otherwise boring scenario to stir up my audience into a chortling fit. Maybe that's why I originally got into acting and comedy improv. Hearing an audience cackle was intoxicating. I thought nothing would ever feel more satisfying. Boy was I wrong.
I believe when you're following a dream, the worst thing you can do is ask too many questions. I didn't ask myself why I wrote the series, or why I marched into the county court house one day and created an official production company called Noodles On The Wall Productions. All I knew, was that I needed to do it and that in the end I would learn a lot. I did just that and I was fortunate to have a team of talented folks on board my first project. I've never been more satisfied and I've certainly never worn so many hats. That's a wrap folks!
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