I'm sure you were absolutely (not!) holding your breath for my first update, but here it is anyhow. In the first 10 days here in California I:
* attended a 3-day retreat in Pacific Palisades (near Malibu)
* was outwalked by a woman who was at least 60 years old
* impressed an old Chinese man with my language skills
* rode the only "honor system" subway left in the free world
* took a Korean class
* went to a black megachurch (West Angeles C.O.G.I.C., Bishop Charles Blake)
* shopped at the infamous Trader Joe's
* bought groceries at a 99¢ Store
* saw Taming of the Shrew outdoors at the biggest Catholic Church ever
* had eight straight days of classes!
Today, I spent 10 hours in classes. Tomorrow, I will have 7 hours of screenwriting during the day, go to the Korean consulate on my lunch break and have 2 hours of Korean language class at night!
Since I took so long to send this out, I need to add a few more items:
* ate at a Korean chicken shack (KyoChon)
* discovered a love for public transit
* saw a French film at the super cool LACMA museum
* saw Wall*e at the Magic Johnson in Crenshaw
* took a Bikram Yoga class (105 degrees in the room folks!)
* have almost filled my Lollicup boba tea frequent buyer card. 2 more to go!
* got my visa for Korea
* had fried plantains twice in one week
* came home to a police chopper shining a spotlight across our street
* had my script idea chosen at a “pitch session” (out of 11 other stories)
* survived an earthquake from the 16th floor of a skyscraper!
Good times abound!
Of course I listed all of the most interesting things. Every day here has been interesting even if only because of the amazing teachers we have in our program. We heard from the writer of Will Smith’s new film Seven Pounds, a writer/producer for Home Improvement, a writer for 24, Lost and yes, the new Knight Rider. Next week we’ll hear from the writer of Déjà Vu (starring Denzel Washington) and today, I’m off to the Santa Monica pier.
It’s been fun but exhausting. I have 10 script pages due on Tuesday and I won’t have any notes to work with until Monday. I’ll watch the executive students pitch my story idea on Wednesday (hopefully, they won’t butcher it) and pitch a new story idea myself on Wednesday.
The Act One community is wonderful. It’s a very nurturing environment for developing writers and there are quite a few success stories from folks who’ve been through the program and stuck it out through the hard times here in Hollywood.
Until next time…