I'm a blossoming screenwriter who hopes to one day see one of her creations on the big screen. Until then, I keep working at it.
I'm somewhat of a late bloomer. For a long time, I was one of those people who didn't know what she wanted to do with her life and when I discovered what I wanted, I had a million other demands being made of me and a life filled with "responsibilities" I couldn't shirk, not to mention people in my life at the time who made me feel that going for them was selfish. Instead I tried pleasing the people in my life, trying desperately to gain acceptance and pleasing no one, least of all myself.
Coming from an abusive family I frequently got lost in film, but I guess the first time I ever thought about being involved in movies is when a friend of my parents saw me dance and sing. I was 15. They took me to Hollywood to groom me for the big screen. I auditioned at the homes of producer friends but, it didn't happen. I'm guessing that the time, I was too Hispanic looking and in those days, girls like me just didn't get work in Hollywood that wasn't a beggar, housekeeper or hooker. Now, every where you turn, girls that look like I did then are everywhere.
A few years ago, I was working at a jewelry counter in Sam's Club when a guy comes up to me and asks if I want to be in the movies. I was shocked and skeptical. Hell, I'm old now! Was he yanking my chain?
Well, as it turns out I hooked up with an agency, but still no work, not for anything other than extra work. Talking parts were cast in Hollywood and I lived in Grand Junction, Colorado. However it was the extra work that inspired me.
Well, I was lucky enough to have people on the set show me around the inter-workings of making a film. In this case, it was "Larger Than Life " with Bill Murray. The guy I spoke to was in charge of special effects, handling the mechanics of a toppling building and the siphoning of water from the Colorado River with plumbing that would both create a flash flood for the scene I would be in and also showering water down upon us. It was incredible. He explained to me that the coat Bill was wearing had to be dried out each night and when wet, it weighed I don't know how much, but was incredibly heavy and Bill did it over and over again, take after take. I was like a kid in a candy store, picking his brain. We had the most amazing time (I know he enjoyed it as much as I did having someone hanging on every word) and when it was over, he looked at me, laughed and said, "You'll be back". I don't remember his name, but I will never forget him, the time he took with me and whether he realized it or not, how he inspired me to go for that dream.
So, that' how I got here. I want to create incredible things. I want to be an inspiration to my kids, my grand kids and, now great grand kids or anyone else that needs inspiration. If I succeed in nothing more than that, I will be happy.