Greetings from California. I'm over half-way through a 15 day production with lululemon.
I had a conversation with my co-worker Stuart where he said something along the lines of: "Jon, we're Filming in LA! My 16 year old self would have never believed this would be possible."
And here I am, in LA, writing from a Diner that opened 1948. A guy beside me on the bar just ordered a rye whiskey. It's 9:31 am. At my hotel, people are writing scripts, advertisers are pitching decks over drinks and I'm spotting b-list celebrities at dinner. The traffic is real and so are the palm trees.
10 years ago, being a filmmaker wasn't on my radar. 5 years ago, paying the bills through film & photography would have been a dream. And now, being behind the camera is finally beginning to feel comfortable.
I ran into my incredibly talented buddy Due at our hotel (if you need a TO based Filmmaker, give him a shout)l. Before I left LA, we had a conversation about our current careers, what was going well and what we wanted to change. I feel like he's a peer of mine in the truest senses and someone I look up to. In our conversation, I was reminded about the timeless advice from Maria Papova to "expect that anything worthwhile to take a long time."
I am still so new to this craft. There isn't a ceiling to what's possible and all it takes is time. With this shift, my impatience and millennial attitudes of needing to see success, now (whatever success even means) eventually dissipate. Those feelings are replaced with gratitude for the amazing people I work with, the privilege of being able to do something Ienjoy and the experiences along the way.
Here's to a great LA crew. Here's to playing the long game.
*not pictured is our Boss producer Ruby, and Hype-people Kelsey + Rowan.