Getting Serious

I had my last day at Disney a few weeks back. It was a little bit sad. I loved my time there. Working on Tangled was one of the best experiences I’ve had. Now I’m at Sony, working on a movie called Arthur Christmas. It should turn out to be a pretty good movie, and from what I’ve seen will look awesome. But it comes at a cost. Namely, I basically only get to see my family on the weekends. I’m incredibly blessed to have a job, especially doing something that I love. But after almost 5 years in this industry, the novelty is wearing off, and reality is sinking in. Seeing my name on the big screen a few times has been awesome, and I’ve made some incredible friendships that I’m very grateful for. But I want to see my kids grow up. More than I want to work on a Batman movie or work at Pixar, I want to be home at a reasonable hour and eat dinner with my family. So it’s time to make some changes.

I wrote a book and have been polishing it for about a year. I’ve sent out a few query letters which were rejected, but I haven’t really put my all into it. So starting this week, I’m going on a query letter blitz. At least five query letters a week for the foreseeable future. I’ll either eventually run out of places to query or somebody will give me an offer. If nobody bites, I’ll go the self-publishing route. I’m also working on a new novel that I’m hoping to finish the first draft of in the next 6 months. Now, I’m not delusional enough to think I’m going to have the success of a JK Rowling or Stephenie Meyer. So I’m also looking into going back to school and getting an MFA or MBA. I’m planning on taking the GRE next month and going from there. I don’t know what’s in store for me. Maybe it’s teaching, maybe it’s something completely unrelated to the arts. As long as it pays the bills and allows me time with my kids while they still want to be around me, I’m open to it. All I know is that it’s time I got serious about what’s really important to me in this life. And it’s not about seeing my name in lights.

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6 responses to “Getting Serious

  1. The best light of all, is the light in your children’s eyes. And, you need to be around to see it. So….get that book published and put me down for 10 copies. I went to the website for Arthur Christmas….looks very cute and I so love great family movies. Sure wish you could work from home. Then you would be able to light up all over the place.

  2. Thanks Diane! I won’t hold you to the ten copy thing (maybe just one for each kid 🙂 Arthur Christmas should be a pretty fun movie. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for the advice. Something will work out.

  3. Way to go! Be sure to send me your next manuscript when it is finished. Best of luck finding a publishing company for your current work. Even best-sellers get rejected several times.

  4. Thanks Carrie, and thank you for your help with the first one! The new one is a Middle Grade book I’m pretty excited about. We’ll see how it turns out.

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