New to the Brelby Buzz is In Good Company, a monthly feature provided by members of the Brelby Ensemble where they talk about their work with Brelby, their work in the theatre community in general, their least favorite thing about rehearsals, their favorite makeup item at the moment, and the list goes on and on. The Brelby Ensemble is comprised of so many diverse and talented artists, we thought it was time we let them tell us about it. First up is our Media Liaison, the director of the upcoming main stage show Windfall, and about to take on his first feature film, Sin Alma, Fernando Perez.
The morning on the day I wrote this blog began with me having to go get my teeth cleaned, an ever-fun way to start the week. What I didn’t expect to happen was to walk out of the Dentist’s office feeling inspired about what I was doing with my career in theater and film.
The process went as it usually does, the dentist asking me questions and me trying to respond even though my mouth was filled with instruments and everything else. Topics bounced back and forth like small talk typically does until the dentist asked me what I was doing in my life at that moment. Luckily for me, they decided to ask that question right as they were finished so I could actually speak. I told them about directing Windfall, the season opening show at Brelby, and that after that I was going to move onto directing my first feature film Sin Alma. They gave me a quick congratulations and did the rest of what had to be done, end of story right? Wrong, what I didn’t expect to happen was that as I was getting ready to walk out of the room, they stopped me and began to ask me all of these questions about both projects. They then went on to say how excited they were for me and asked me my address to send a check to donate to the film. I left that office practically speechless and amazed. Here was someone I see once every seven months (if I go like I’m supposed to) yet they believe in me enough to give me money even though they know honestly almost nothing about me.
As I was driving home all I could think about was everyone who has believed in and trusted me lately. Brian and Shelby have given me more creative control than I thought I would ever have with Windfall. Not only is it the main stage season opener, but this script is Brian’s baby. He has been working on it for years now, and they trust me (the film guy who’s still getting used to theatre) enough to bring it to life. And I couldn’t be luckier with this show as I’ve been surrounded by some of the best actors and crew that I could ever want or wish for. The final product will end up being a sliver of my work mixed in with the work of the most talented people I could be around. I am basically adding the welcome mat to a house that has been built for me. The same can be said for the feature film as well. People dream about what I’m doing and I’m living it which I can never believe. Not only that, but at the age of 24 I’ve already started to collect a working crew who are constantly at the top of their game. Throw in the initial cast we have and you have a film that will truly be something that words can not describe.
Both Sin Alma and Windfall have had bumps and turns along the way so far, but what fun is it to drive on a straight road constantly? Which leads me to what I owe everyone in my life; a thank you. Thank you to everyone who has supported me from family to friends to working colleagues. Everything I have done has been because you have made it possible and have helped me. Usually someone thanks their fans at this point, but if anyone knows me I don’t believe I have them. What I know I do have though are people who believe in me and to all of them, I am a fan of yours because you all have touched and motivated me in ways that you will never realize. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” – Edmund Lee