Just as I predicted, I booked a job that works the day I'm supposed to tech for the LA Women's Theatre Festival. The wardrobe fitting is Monday, the same day as an audition for a very meaty film role. It's all good. I can handle it and I'm so grateful. I'm also grateful to have my taxes completed for 2008 today (don't ask). Getting a little sumpin' sumpin' back and that's always nice. Now, can I get 2009 done by April 15th? It could happen and then I won't have to worry about it til next year. Don't know how the tax thing got out of hand, but my mission is to get it back on track along with my finances in general. Even though I'm getting money back and have the most amazing tax preparer in the world, I still had a headache when I left her house and had to find a quiet place to clear my head. It just so happens that on my way to a screening, I ended up in a neighborhood where I had heard there was a labrynth. For those of you who don't know, a labyrinth is a NOT a maze but a walking meditation where you follow a very special path within a circle. It leads to a center area where you can pray, dance, unload your burdens, whatever you need to do. Then you follow the path back out. It is the exact pattern of a famous labyrinth in France. I found the one in Los Angeles at this beautiful tranquil facility on W. Adams Blvd. and when I looked in the center I saw there was a star. I knew I was in the right place at the right time. I have a thing about stars...the shape, the stars in the sky, etc. I collect them. I walked the labyrinth and when I reached the middle I felt such relief I just started to cry. I prayed and turned my worries over to God. It felt good.
Then I went on to the screening hosted by the Organization of Black Screenwriters. I was on such a natural high, first thing I did was share my labyrinth experience with about 4 people. I was invited to the screening by an amazing young woman, Evita Castine, who was in Bill Duke's Bootcamp with me last year. From the first day of class, I knew she was someone special. By the end of the summer I had adopted her as my little sister. She was one of the hardest working actors in the class as well as a writer and filmmaker. She's an avid tweeter and up on all the latest technology. If you don't watch out she will film you or snap your picture in a minute! She's alway packing (a camera). I enjoyed all of the films for different reasons. Most were about serious topics, but Evita's lightened up the whole night. It was the shortest film and packed quite a punch. The ending had us laughing so hard and so loud we missed the last line. The moment was not lost..job well done.
I'm going on facebook right now to make all of these filmmakers my friends!