So This Happened...
Last week I wrote about a few films I was enjoying. The next day I received the following comment from a zoom acquaintance:
‘Wait, you’re writing promo pieces during a strike and without disclosing any compensation? I’m truly surprised. I never would have expected that.”
Our union had previously urged us to celebrate the work of our colleagues. A few days later I checked online and SAG-AFTRA states ‘This also means no promotion of any struck work, even work you did not appear in.’ I got it. I recognize that I could have posted in a different way.
It would be fun to imagine working alongside someone like Anthony Skordi and even getting paid to talk about it. But that didn't happen. I just wanted to celebrate the actors and the brilliant storytelling.
What surprised me wasn’t the comment so much as how it was worded to point the finger, to shame. It saddens me. We may be physically out and about in the world since the lockdown but I wonder about the long range effects of what being isolated has done to our collective psyches, our hearts.
Magic and Linda
Years ago, I shot a commercial with Magic Johnson in Miami. After the shoot, he graciously let the actors take selfies with him. A month later, way before the spot aired, one of the actors displayed his pic with Magic on Facebook. I knew immediately that it was a no-no and I was tempted, I will admit, to call him out. But I kept my mouth shut. Instead, I sent him good energy for the next gig. I can’t keep resentment in my heart for anyone right now, regardless of what side they’re on in the business world or what their politics may be. No extra cortisol running down my back needed.
I remember that day, it was fun. Magic was sweet and patient with all of us during the shoot. As a bonus I got to hang out with the wonderful South Floridian actress, Linda Bernhard, now departed. Miss your kindness, Linda.
"Even if someone doesn't like you, they love you whether they know it or not. And it's worth telling them that in meditation...'I forgive you and I ask that you please forgive me."---Marianne Williamson