Celebrating 10 Years of Capes Coaching

sistersOn April 1st, 2004, Capes Coaching opened its doors with the mission to serve and empower our artistic community. We wrote our first business plan, got a loan through the Small Business Administration, rented a tiny office space in Union Square and began to coach. We simply would not be here, 10 years later, if it weren’t for you, and we would like to take this opportunity to honor you and all that you’ve meant to us throughout the years. We are forever grateful…

To our family:
Thank you for raising us, educating us, supporting us, investing in us and believing in what we do. We’ve had the opportunity to make a difference and it’s all because of you.

To our friends:
Thank you for listening, for being our champions and reminding us that work is better when we take time off to be with friends.

To our coaches / mentors / therapists / acupuncturists, etc.:
Let’s be honest, two sisters having babies and running a business together can get “messy” at times. Even coaches need coaches, and your guidance and support have kept us in the game. Thank you for helping us stay focused on what really matters. And to our coach, MH — you’ve been there for us since day one.  We are so blessed to be working with you. You’re a rock star!

To Capes Coaching staff past and present:
Thank you for bringing your skills and talents to our company, and for being patient with us as we’ve navigated through the ups and downs of running a small business. Capes Coaching is undoubtedly stronger because of you. And to our office lothario, BK — you are our touchstone. Thank you for winning our hearts with that kick-ass cover letter 7 yrs. ago!

To Capes Coaching clients past and present:
Thank you for showing up and doing the work: for saying your goals out loud, being honest, being messy, asking for help, staying accountable, taking risks, sharing your successes, learning from your failures, valuing your creativity, telling your friends about us, giving us your feedback, sharing your resources and inspirational stories with your peers, and for sticking with coaching especially when it’s pushed you outside of your comfort zone. Quite simply, we are in awe of what you do and it is a privilege to be a part of your journey.

To everyone we have yet to work with:
We know what it’s like out there and we want you to know that you don’t have to do it alone. Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to listen to you…to support you…and to help you realize your dreams.

Here’s to the next 10!
Betsy and Jodie

Featured Artist(s) in Action: Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson

Ilana Glazer (l) and Abbi Jacobson (r) of Broad City.

Ilana Glazer (l) and Abbi Jacobson (r) of Broad City.

2014 is here, and what better way to kick off the new year than with a Featured Artist in Action blog post…or, rather, Artists in Action. This time around we’re talking with two of the funniest comedians around — UCB alums Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. I’ve had the absolute pleasure of knowing these ladies for years, as both have taken the Path Class. In the time since, I’ve seen them pour their hard work and passion into their hilarious web series, Broad City, which has gone from having a very dedicated cult following to getting picked up by Comedy Central (and produced by fellow UCB-alum, Amy Poehler!). The first season of Broad City on Comedy Central premieres on January 22, but before you become hooked, check out what Ilana and Abbi had to say about their Path experience and how they’ve gotten to where they are.

When you first started working with Capes Coaching, what were your goals?

Abbi Jacobson: When I took the Path class my main goals were to try and get more auditions, be more confident, and to start really treating my career more seriously.

Ilana Glazer: My goals pointed toward time management and completing writing projects. I had 3 or 4 projects that I planned seasonal successes for — some under my control and others that felt more out of my hands. Taking the time to do the planning for those “out of my hands”projects, though, forced me to prepare for opportunities that might come my way.

What have you accomplished since then?

AJ: Since then (I took Path in Fall of 2009) I’ve created and released 2 web seasons of Broad City with Ilana; my solo show, Welcome To Camp, ran at UCB in NYC and LA; I’ve booked a few commercials; I’ve joined the WGA and SAG/Aftra; and, most importantly, Broad City is now a TV show that I get to write, act in and produce.

What was the most valuable thing you learned from the taking the Path Class?

IG: This is not the thing, but: the Path Class has this very cool, very human understanding that you can plan to get from point A to point B, but you  may end up in some place you never expected, or you may take a detour that gets you to some other great place. The point is — plan and prepare for greatness, and you’ll find it some way. But the Path Class actually does accomplish specifically what it sets out to do, every single class — empower artists to create their own path and to know that their career is in their hands. That was the most valuable thing I learned — THE #1 thing!

AJ: I think for me it was the real shift in mentality. After taking Path, I realized I just had to make things happen and that it was really up to me. That can also be very daunting, but it’s a relief to know that you have control and power over your creativity and your career.

What has been your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?

IG: My biggest career challenge, still, is managing simultaneous projects but being present with each one. This is a LIFE challenge for me, actually. But the best and most palatable work, I find, comes from genuine fun creation. What helps me overcoming this is outlining my goals and progress — on paper or computer is preferred, but sometimes it’s just thinking about it.

AJ: I think before Broad City I was always doubting myself. Nothing was really happening for me — I just wasn’t confident in my voice in anything. It’s a constant struggle for me to be confident in myself and my skills in writing and performing, but at a certain point you have to just stop thinking about it and just keep doing it as much as you can. I still doubt stuff all the time, but that’s just part of my process and I think it actually make the end result a lot better.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out?

AJ: There are many many ways to be successful and satisfied in this industry. It doesn’t happen the same way for everyone. When I took The Path class, I was still in the mentality that getting on a house team at the theatre was the way, the only way to get seen and heard. There are so many ways and if you find your own way it can take you places you never could have imagined.

IG: Nothing. I would say “to have more fun,” but it’s not possible. Coming up in the comedy community has been the most rewarding and identity-validating experience of my life, from the very beginning. This even includes bombing on stage.

What are you currently working on?

IG: A few projects with different mediums. I really want to experience as many factions of this industry as I can. I still can’t believe it’s a potentially viable career choice, entertainment, and I’m curious about it all.

AJ: Broad City is premiering on Weds. January 22, so I’m obviously so thrilled about that. We’re still working on that right now, in the edit everyday and finding music, etc. I also recently put out another web series called Annie and Side of Fries that is part of a larger show concept about a development built for divorced dads.

Wanna hear more from Ilana and Abbi? Check out their Smart Girls interview with Amy Poehler:

Goodbye 2013!

Saying goodbye is never easy...but I'll be back soon!

Saying goodbye is never easy…but I’ll be back soon!

Wait a second — 2014 is only a little over a week away??? Wow. That means that the 29-Day Giving Challenge ends this Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been loving this year’s challenge even more than the past years’. The experience seems to become richer and even more powerful the more I do it — or maybe it’s a cumulative experience, where I’m feeling the rewards of every giving challenge that I’ve done before. In any case, I hope that you’re enjoying giving just as much as I am. Now, before I wrap up the blog for the year and head out for the holidays, I want to take a moment to recap the challenge giveaway requirements, just so we’re all on the same page.

  • If you haven’t already done so, make sure you share one of your gifts in the comments section of this blog by the end of the day on Friday, December 27th. You can do it at the bottom of any Challenge blog post (including this one), just make sure you get it in by the end of tomorrow evening.
  • Email a list of all of your gifts to events@capesco.com by Friday, January 3rd. You don’t need to go into detail for this list — a brief summary of each gift will do just fine. If you have gifts of a very personal nature, just do your best to get the idea across.
  • To remain eligible to win any of the career coaching prizes, you must also submit a short paragraph detailing why you think you would benefit from them. Simply include this at the bottom of your gift list email.

That’s it! Simple, right? So, during this last week, make sure the challenge doesn’t get lost amongst all of the holiday excitement. Keep it up and “give” it all you got!

Additionally, I hope you take the time to really enjoy yourself as the year comes to an end, and that you’re able to reflect on everything that 2013 has brought you. Taking in everything that you’ve accomplished, and learning from what’s still left to do, is such an invaluable part of getting ready for what’s to come. With that, I’m signing off for the year and I’ll see you in January. Until then, have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!!

It’s so easy!

This was my big epiphany a few days ago when I was running outside in the rain: It’s SO easy.

I was halfway through my run when a woman who was clearly lost asked me for directions. For a quick moment, I was like: “Ugh! I am in the middle of a great song. I have to stop my music, stop my run, stop my flow…” But, then I did just that. I got out of myself for a moment to help this woman get to where she was going. And you know what? She was so grateful. Plus, it took less than a minute!

Lionel Richie may be "easy like Sunday morning," but the Giving Challenge is even easier!

Lionel Richie may be “easy like Sunday morning,” but the Giving Challenge is even easier!

Does that count for the giving challenge? Hells yeah! I GAVE this woman directions to where she was going. I stepped outside of myself to do something for someone else. These gifts exist in mere moments, but let’s acknowledge them! Of course, there have been other days of the challenge where I look for opportunities to give, like giving a donation, or paying for someone’s meal or coffee. What I am noticing is that, regardless of the size of the gift, I feel like I am giving a little something to myself with each gift I give to someone else. And then my whole day gets even better! Anyone else noticing that too?

Keep sharing your gifts here in the comments section of this blog to help each other along with the challenge. We’re just about two weeks into it now, and this is exactly around the time that the excitement of the challenge might start to wear off and slip to the sidelines if we’re not careful. Just remember that IT’S SO EASY to give one thing, to one person, once a day. Don’t make this challenge too much of a challenge, if you know what I mean ;) Also, if you find that you get to the end of the day and can log more than one gift, that’s great! You can bank those gifts for the days that you may not give anything. And for those of you reading this who may not be participating YET, it’s not too late to get in on the challenge — you just need to give enough to get caught up (but it’s definitely possible!). Most importantly, I hope you continue to enjoy giving and notice how it makes you feel each day when you do something generous for someone else. Nothing quite like it, I say!

So get back to it! And remember: It can take less than a minute to do something that could really make a difference. Can’t wait to hear from more of you soon!!

Capes Coaching’s 29-Day Giving Challenge (2013)

Capes Coaching's 2013 29-Day Giving Challenge

It’s heeeeeere: the official start of the holiday season. From now until the end of the year it’s probably going to be go-go-go for most of you. Places to go; people to see; parties to be partied. Yes, it can be very hectic, but let’s not kid ourselves — it’s an awful lot of fun as well. Plus, before you know it, it’ll all be over and the January chill will be knocking on your door. Maybe we can all try to be in the moment as much as possible through this season so that we can fully appreciate the time spent with family, friends, and loved ones. Oh, and let’s not forget about gifts! If you’re anything like me, giving presents is just as wonderful as receiving them…maybe even more so. But, there’s actually another kind of giving that gets me the MOST excited this time of year — a kind of giving that deals in gestures both large and small, and that gives back in the most amazingly resonant ways. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably know that I’m talking about our 29-Day Giving Challenge.

Wow. It doesn’t seem like two(!) entire years have passed since we did our first Giving Challenge, but when I think about it, SO much has happened in the those years (for me, in particular, the biggest occurrence was obviously the birth of my daughter, Zoe, last year). One thing I love about the Giving Challenge is that it offers me a time to reflect on everything in my life — to take stock of all that I have and everything that’s happening around me. It’s such a profound experience that I now look forward to the challenge way before we announce it. Speaking of…let me make this official and say that it gives me great pleasure to announce our 2013 29-Day Giving Challenge!

For those of you who are new to the Challenge, here’s the story in a nutshell: the inspiration came from this NY Times article about Cami Walker, creator of the original 29-Day Giving Challenge. During a particularly difficult time in her life, Ms. Walker took the advice of her spiritual teacher to give something away each day for 29 days. During that time, she journaled daily about her experience, and by the end of the 29 days she noticed a radical shift in her emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual energy – a profound change that had an indescribable affect on her entire life. She’s been sharing her story ever since, inspiring people around the world to take up the torch and embrace their spirit of generosity. We decided to give it a go in 2011 (and again last year), and I can attest to the power of the experience. So, we’re doing it again and we want you to join us.

First, we’re going to exercise our giving muscles by giving away the following (over $1200 in Capes Coaching services/programs!):

  • One (1) 3-Session Private Coaching package (valued at $600), consisting of three 45-minute career coaching sessions with me via telephone
  • One (1) Artists In Action Complete Downloadable Coaching Program (valued at $495); details of the program can be viewed here
  • One (1) Private Coaching session (valued at $200), consisting of one 45-minute career coaching session with me via telephone

That’s right, three lucky participants who complete the challenge will win one of the above. How do you become one of the lucky three? Here are the details:

  • The Capes Coaching 2013 29-Day Giving Challenge begins on Friday, November 29th, and ends on Friday, December 27th.
  • Register here to participate. (You MUST register to be eligible for the giveaway)
  • Each participant gives one thing away each day for the entire 29 days. These “gifts” can take any form and can be as large or small as you like. The idea is to get creative. Physical gifts and money are obvious (and they certainly count here), but think about the less obvious ways to give: a phone call to a friend in need of support, helping someone carry their groceries, an email of encouragement, dog-walking, making dinner, texting a compliment, just listening to someone who needs it, crafting something, offering your seat on the subway/bus – there is no limit to what you can gift. If you can think it, you can do it.
  • Log all of your gifts. Whether you write complete journal entries or just jot down what the gift was and who it was to, keep a log of them because this will be your proof of completing the challenge.
  • If you miss a day or you begin the challenge late: don’t sweat it. We’d like you to make up for the missed days by giving multiple gifts on the remaining days of the challenge. This is where we differ from Ms. Walker’s original “rules,” and we do so because of the giveaway. But, staying in the spirit of things, we don’t want you to overthink this or to stress out about it – this whole challenge is about the spirit of giving, not the prize at the end of the road. Again, even the tiniest gestures count. Think back on your day to see if you actually gave something that you might not have been aware of in the moment.
  • To remain eligible for the giveaway, you must return to this page at least once during the challenge to share with us (in the comments below) one of your gifts. We’d love for you to come back as often as you like – the more examples we get, the better. Just make sure you do it at least one time.
  • Once the challenge ends on December 27th, email a list of all 29 of your gifts to events@capesco.com, along with a short paragraph detailing how you feel you would benefit from winning one of the career coaching prizes we’re giving away. We know that this is a VERY busy time for many of you, so we’re giving you an extra week to email us; however, we MUST receive your email no later than January 3rd, 2013.
  • Sometime during the second week of January, five eligible participants will be chosen as the recipients of the giveaway prizes (based on their emailed paragraph).

Let’s do a Cliff’s Notes version, just for the sake of simplicity:

  • Challenge runs from 11/29/2013 – 12/27/2013.
  • Register here.
  • Give one thing away each day for 29 days.
  • Log your gifts.
  • If you miss a day, or come to the challenge late, make up those missed gifts during the remainder of the challenge.
  • Stop by this page at least once and comment on one of your gifts.
  • Email a list of your 29 gifts and a paragraph about how you feel you would benefit from a coaching package to events@capesco.com no later than 01/03/2014.
  • Feel proud that you completed the challenge, and maybe you’ll hear from us during the second week of January…

As always, I’d love to hear from anyone who wants to share their experience as well, so please don’t be shy – use the comments section below! And, if you know of anyone who you think would be interested in taking part in the challenge, pass along the info – the more people get involved in this, the bigger the difference!

There you have it. Now get out there are start giv…oh, wait. There’s a holiday this week, isn’t there? Let’s not forget about that in all of the giving excitement. So, I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holiday…remember what you’re thankful for…and then get ready to start giving!

The season of preparing

Wait...Halloween is already come and gone?? But everyone's still in costume: Moms (Betsy and Jodie) on the left; Daughters (Zoe and Edie) on the right.

Wait…Halloween is already come and gone?? But everyone’s still in costume: Moms (Betsy and Jodie) on the left; Daughters (Zoe and Edie) on the right.

November is here(!) and that means that the holidays are almost upon us. I don’t know about you, but I swear that time keeps moving faster and faster. Before we know it, it’ll be 2014 and we’ll look back upon these next two months in a haze of confusion, wondering if they ever really happened or if we simply dreamt them up one cold wintry evening. The point being that, while the holidays are usually the most fun, celebratory, and romantic of months, they can also be hectic, tension-filled, and overwhelming. And that sort of breakneck pace can affect not only your personal life, but your professional one as well. It’s all too easy to lose site of the track and run your career right off the rails during the holidays. But it doesn’t have to be that way. So, what can you do to keep everything copacetic? Let’s take a look at five easy tips to keep you on the up and up…

1) Plan ahead. This sounds somewhat obvious, but it’s particularly important this time of year when your schedule tends to get bombarded with personal and professional obligations before the year ends. Something as simple as getting your gifts early can have a huge impact down the road when you’re stretched for time and looking to eke every second out of your day. A little planning now can pay huge dividends in the coming weeks.

2) Don’t overcommit yourself. This is a tough one, I know, especially when everyone and their grandmother invites you to their holiday soirée. But, trying to do everything will only lead to eventual exhaustion, not to mention that it will also leave you with no time to fit in those spontaneous but important events that may pop up along the way. Leave some “buffers” in your schedule and you’ll be happy you have the extra time when you need it.

3. Accountability. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, and again, and again: accountability is key. Particularly when it comes to your career during the holiday season, it’s easy to let things slide — the moment you put something off, it gets buried in the flurry of activity that comes with this time of year, forgotten for the rest of eternity. The easiest way to avoid this? Find someone to be your accountability partner — tell them what your goals are and how you plan to go about reaching them, and check back in with them on a regular basis to make sure that you’re staying on track. It’s a simple way to make sure that your career doesn’t get lost in all of the holiday hullabaloo.

4) Work smarter, not faster. This is a good way to ensure that you don’t burn out by trying to do too many things without clarity of purpose. In other words, slow down. Take your time. Think about how you’d like to feel about your career on January 1st and take some great advice I got recently: “Stand in the place you want to be and work backwards from there.” In other words, envision the end result and think about what it would take to get there in the most efficient manner. If you then do all of the things listed above — plan ahead, don’t over commit, and get an accountability partner — you’ll be in great shape.

5) Path Class. I don’t normally use this blog for promotional purposes, but this is one of the rare instances that I’ll make an exception. If you need that extra bit of help with all of this, particularly the accountability part, then you might want to consider taking my Path Class if you live in New York City. Not only will it help you get clarity around your goals and give you built in accountilbilty, you’ll also create a career plan for 2014, which means you’ll be ready to go out of the gate when January comes around. The class begins on November 12th, but spots are limited, so give us a call at 212.777.2270 if you’d like to sign up or get more information.

The window between now and Thanksgiving is actually quite precious — it’s the calm before the storm. What you choose to do over the next three weeks will determine the way your year ends; you essentially have the power to control the pace (for the most part — we all know that there are things outside of your control that will always pop up). So the question is, What can you do NOW to make the most of the holiday season? I promise that if you take the time to address this, you’ll see the difference in not only your productivity, but also in your attitude and level of enjoyment.

Oh, and one last note. For those of you who’ve been following the blog for some time, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re going to be doing our annual Giving Challenge once again this year. It’s one of the things that I most look forward to throughout the year, and I’m sure that 2013′s challenge will be one to remember. So, keep your eyes peeled to this blog for full details in my next post. Until then, remember what the holiday season is all about and be sure to enjoy your time with your family, friends, and loved ones!

An Autumn of Fierce Courage

So, it seems that this autumn is turning out to have a theme: Fierce Courage. For those of you who are wondering what I mean by that, think of Fierce Courage as a bit like jumping out of an airplane. It’s in that exact moment when you’re about to do the very thing you think you can’t do that fierce courage is called upon. It’s the moment where you dig deep and face your fears…the moment you go against the grain…the moment you take up the struggle when there’s an easier way out.

I recently gave a keynote speech to the students at Southeast Missouri State University on this very topic, and it just popped up again in a session with a client of mine — Ela Thier, who happens to be a very talented filmmaker and a wonderful teacher (you can visit her filmmaking school website here). Ela is gearing up to shoot her next feature film and she was having trouble finding the enthusiasm and motivation to engage the project in the way she knew she needed to, which is why she came to me for a coaching session. From my end, the session was a good one — we got to the core of Ela’s tentativeness and identified steps she could take to overcome it. More important, she came out of the session feeling excited and proactive; as a coach, you can’t ask for much more than that.

But, here’s something even cooler — afterward, Ela emailed me to share a blog post that she wrote about our session, which is part of a larger blog chronicling her journey to making her film. That post is titled “Fierce Courage” — something that Ela will have to channel along her journey — and she’s given me permission to re-post it here. I hope reading it will encourage you to find your own version of Fierce Courage…

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Ela in 1974. From her blog.

Day 1 of 148: Fierce Courage

I’m shooting my next feature in May. For dumb businessy reasons I can’t say much more, so for now we’re gonna call this movie Touchdown.

For months and months and months, I’ve been making it my last priority. I keep finding a million reasons to be busy with other things. I’ll do anything to avoid working on my film. I’ll take a root canal over this film.

Why? I dunno. Because everything else feels easier by comparison. Because there’s no way to get this film made without asking for help. Blugh. Because there’s no way to make this film without feeling hopeful about it. Double blugh. Because there’s no way to make this film without remembering daily that art is important. Mission impossible.

Yesterday I splurged and spent an hour on the phone with a coach. (Betsy Capes. I recommend. She specializes in coaching artists and she has saved my ass before.)

It was clear in my session with her that I don’t lack leads, or resources, or ideas. I know what I need to do, I just lack the desire to do it.

So we kept brainstorming: What’s the thing that will resurrect my spirit? Why do I not give a flying fu#k about this film?

I described a scenario to her: So last week I meet with an old friend who’s been working in the business for a while. He’s been pretty damn successful and he keeps becoming more so. We catch up. We laugh. We have a good time. For a few moments of grace I forget that I need his help and I actually enjoy myself.

And then he springs the question because he knows why I asked to meet. He says: so what can I do for you? How can I help?

In seconds flat, I go from having fun with an old friend to feeling half an inch tall. I feel like the poop that got stuck to the bottom of somebody’s shoe.

So yeah, I suppose I’d rather not make a movie than have to feel that way.

Betsy and I chat some more about what this meeting might be like if I felt differently about myself, and blah-di-blah, and one thing leads to another, and she eventually asks: “So where do you feel good about yourself? Where do you feel the kind of confidence that wish you would have had at that meeting?” And before I could blink I know the answer. I don’t have to think about it: “When I teach.”

When I teach my workshops I feel like I’m doing what I was born to do. I can do no wrong. Even when I make mistakes, they’re not really wrong, they’re part of the fun. But when I’m an artist in need of help, I’d rather schedule root canals because by comparison, those are easier.

Ok, she says, and I know where this is going:

The me that teaches filmmaking is going to need to make this movie. But how do I bring her here? Raising money is not really her forte.

And then Betsy adds: “So what can you model for your students in making this film?”

And all of a sudden I get excited. First time that I feel excited about my film. Some day this might change, I don’t advocate this mentality, but this is the state of the union at this juncture in time: it’s easy as pie to care about my students, but it feels like a monumental feat to care about my own work. Which is not what I want for you.

So that’s the solution, is how we end the conversation. This next film of mine is a “teachable moment”. That’s something I know how to do.

I’m changing my approach. Instead of surprising you by “whipping out” a great film “out of the blue” after quietly suffering for years behind the scenes, I plan to take you with me on this journey. Having you on this path will keep me honest. I know I’m not the poop at the bottom of somebody’s shoe. I know that I’m a brilliant filmmmaker, and that my friend would be lucky to help me out. I know that I feel fortunate when I have the opportunity to help someone out who’s doing great work.

So there you have it. If your eyes are on me, I’ll have to rise to the occasion, and I thank you for that. With you watching, I feel responsible. I feel responsible to model taking myself seriously. Because I would want you to take your work seriously; I would want you to believe in your work, to care about it, to reach out to people and expect them to care about it; I would want you to ignore the noise of discouragement in your head and refuse to pipe down. I would want you to do your work and to know that it’s important. I would want you to keep getting up no matter how many defeats come at you along the way. It’s what I teach. So now I get to teach by example.

I’ll be reporting to you daily (roughly). I want to give this film my 100% and then some. It deserves it. It deserves all of me. It’s an important film, and it will pave the way to many more equally important films – including yours. It needs to be made. And that’s the truth of the matter. I know that, and now I’m going to act on that knowledge.

I have an incredible star attached to this film, and given her availability, I must shoot the film in May. That means pre-production begins March 1st. That means that I now have exactly 148 days to raise the money I need to make this film. Those days will whizz by unless I give this film my 100% every one of those days. These will be my 148 days of “fierce courage” as Betsy puts it. Thank you for tricking me into doing it.

Now I’ve never blogged before, but I’m telling myself: I don’t need this blog to be popular. I don’t need traffic, likes, shares, followers, subscribers, comments (did I cover everything?) Ok, fine, an occasional encouraging comment will help things along! But if Bettina, Mathilde, Manav, and Yossi are the only people who follow this blog then it will have served its purpose (thanks guys!)

I’m using this blog (and this film) as a teaching tool. That’s something I know how to do. It’s time for me to show rather then tell what it looks like when an artist decides to give her work her 100% come what may. If I’m not in pre-production March 1st, I still will have won if I know that I did my absolute best to try and get there.

I’ll be reporting here daily on what I did on each given day to help bring this film to all of you. I suppose that means 148 blog posts by March 1st (give or take…?)

Thank you, in advance, for watching me remember that art is important.
See you tomorrow,
Ela