On top of it being the beginning of my journey. Brooklyn was the beginning of Take Me Home's journey as well. Our first part of filming began in Brooklyn and we stayed in Brooklyn with Sam's sister and my great friend Margaret during the shoot. Who doesn't want to film in New York and be able to have fresh New York bagels for breakfast? The breakfast of champion filmmakers.
As for the beginning of my filmmaking journey, I was living in Brooklyn and freelancing as a writer/editor in publishing when I decided it was time to follow my dream to work in film. I interned on a couple of movies and bored my husband and friends to tears with all the drama of making a major career shift when I already had a thriving career in an entirely different industry.
The switch from publishing to filmmaking wasn't easy as I really enjoyed publishing and the friends I had made in that world. But my gut was telling me I had to work in film and I finally decided to follow it.
My poor husband who is the most supportive man on Earth has had to listen to me go on and on about movies and watch me run off to location after location to work. And yet, he's my biggest fan and always there with a hug and a cheer even when I come home from set after a long night shoot and collapse in bed, half delirious from the work. Thank you my dear husband and best friend.
I can still remember jogging and biking Prospect Park a million times and thinking about my future. Am I crazy to be thinking about being a film producer - I would ask myself? But hey, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.
It's been a long road to this point and how cool is it that I can share one of our completed films with my former hometown, where it all began, and with my friends who were there from the beginning rooting me on? Thanks Brooklyn and all my friends there. You inspired me and pushed me to live my dream.
If you are in New York, please come to the screening! It's a fun movie. I promise!