WE DID IT! (YOU DID IT!)
WARNING: THIS IS A LONG POST. I CONTEMPLATED PUBLISHING IT FOR A LONG TIME. THEN I DECIDED, THE HELL WITH IT. I WANTED TO GIVE YOU SOME INSIGHT TO MY PURSUIT OF ACTING, AND HOW SPECIAL THIS EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN FOR ME. IT MAY BE BORING, BUT IT'S ME. (Did I just call myself "boring?")
We reached our goal! Our project is funded! We can finish the movie!
Special thank you's to our last ten backers!
NEAL MEYERS, GREGG WALTERS, VANESSA SEALEY, ALEX COLMENARES, LINDA DOHERTY, ERIC & BING ALITALO, DOTTIE & GEORGE ELANJIAN, GUS & DONNA PAPPAS, and DONNA & HAIG DERANIAN...
What can we say other than, "Thank you so much?!"
Well, for starters, all of you have helped me and the cast and crew of CONDO HELL make our dreams come true. I hope this isn't boring for you to read, but I want to explain the impact your support and generosity has made in our lives.
I pursued acting for almost twenty years in Los Angeles. I pounded the pavement and got rejected time and time again, year after year. Sure, I booked some jobs ocassionally, but they never paid well, (if at all) and they weren't challenging or exciting like I always dreamed of. I never achieved my goal of becoming a “working” actress. Fast forward to 2009, the year I came home to work with my pop at the mill. I had to turn off the “acting bug” and accept that if it was meant to be, I would end up pursuing acting again when the time was right. I wanted to focus on my family, and catch up after 20 years of missing them. The last four years have been the best years of my life. My sister Pattiann and her husband came home, too. She gave birth to Clayton and Armen, who have brought insurmountable joy to our lives. My brother and his family live nearby and we all get together as often as we can. My family is my life. (What is this, an essay?!) BLAH BLAH BLAH... Please forgive me, you don't have to keep reading. I'll try to avoid Amy-Babble.
The acting bug never truly goes away. I knew I wanted to make a movie at the mill the day I stepped foot in it, but I didn't tell anyone except Gia, my best friend and co-creater of CONDO HELL. Four years went by. Then one day Gia and I were sitting in her backyard, and we knew the time had come. We were going to make CONDO HELL. I already knew who I would cast; my dearest friends from Playhouse West, the acting school where we all met. Some of them had moved on, like I did. But like I said, the “bug” never goes away. When I contacted Wayne and Patty and Daniella, they came on board without hesitation. Stephanie and Mahta are currently training at Playhouse; they followed suit shortly thereafter. For me, Gia, Wayne, Patty and Daniella, it was a dream coming alive. Not only were we going to work together again, but we all had LEAD ROLES!! We rehearsed for months on-line, “Skyping” late at night. By the time they arrived at the mill, we were ready to make a KICK-ASS horror movie. We worked all day and night, taking breaks to eat and catch a few hours of sleep on air-mattresses on the floor in my condo. Despite the stress and exhaustion, my friends gave OUTSTANDING performances. I can't wait for you to see their talents come alive on the big screen. The whole experience was surreal. I don't think any of us ever imagined we would be working together again, let alone starring in a horror movie. Simply put- it was AWESOME. As you know, we are now in post-production. Gia and I exhausted all of our finances. Basically, we put everything we had into this film. We ran out of money. Making a movie is great, but SEEING IT is even better! We wouldn't be able to finish it without your support and contributions. To get back to my original point, (on page 200, chapter 8 of Volume III, titled, “Amy Babble”) all of you have helped us make this dream come true. We are humbled and honored by your generosity. THANK YOU AGAIN. Sincerely, Amy Wade
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." -James M. Barrie