I received the email on Friday afternoon for the call back on Monday. I had been on my way to the health club and scrapped that to go to The Drama Book Shop, as the recommendation for the call back was to prepare a scene that was dramatic, emotional and painstaking. I didn't have that scene in my back pocket. I picked up some good material there, though, nothing really landed on me. I went back to The Drama Book Shop and bought the play of "The Normal Heart". I read that on Friday evening and then wrote a two page scene of my own. I was already invested in the story, being Albert's Mother, in "The Normal Heart". It didn't make sense to me to prepare a scene from another play, nor did I have time to prepare a scene before Monday...more
This post is about my work, people I work with and for, my life and how thankful I am for all of it.
It's all mixed up together. my family, my work, and my life reflect each other. Together they equal my art my reason for living, my calling.
A few months ago my husband told me I had to stop working on a project. Essentially he fired me.
It felt like a punch in the stomach. I didn't know what to do which way to go. Why to wake up in the morning. You see to me a story untold, unfinished, unborn is like a stillbirth. It's like that raisin in the sun that Lorraine Hansberry lamented. Does it explode? No it rots inside and that's far worse.
When I don't get to finish a project that I start (which has only happened to me once before) it feels like I've been dumped. Fired. Broken up with in the most humiliating of ways. Publicly disregarded. Rejected. A dangerous tailspin of deep depression is something that a responsible mother, wife, cannot afford to risk.
After much talk I saw that perhaps the husband was right and we should leave the project unfinished. But where did that leave me?
I was lost. LOST.
So I went on a quest to find out what we should do next.
And this is why I am thankful for my work and my clients because that is what got me through a very long period of not knowing.
I wanted to take some time off a sabbatical. A trip to nowhere. To stop and think. To meditate. Stretch, fast and renew. But that was a fantasy. And unrealistic one at that. I'm not Alice Walker, I'm Roz Coleman. I don't have a MacArthur Genius Grant.
I didn't stop. I slowed down.
What I did was take a class. And then another. I had already committed to doing a play and teaching a new acting class at NYU and continuing at SUNY Purchase. Other than that my husband supported my time to learn, listen, and not know. New clients and acting opportunities kept creeping into my life and I saw them as my teachers as my guides through this time.
The quote that culminated this time came last week while I was on set coaching a creative genius. Let's call him Prince (As in the artist who made Purple Rain) because I don't want to disclose his name but he is a director, actor, artist, musician on that level. As I observed him step into his greatness, using his own body as a canvas for his work. He was playing with his food between takes on set. The actress who is acting opposite him, who although is more experienced in acting is admittedly not as free as he is, jokingly said to him "don't play with your food." He replied in a serious tone "why everything in life is meant to be played with."
The work of the students.
More to come...
Created by and starring Damian Bailey
A Tasty Sexy Comedy
Created by Craig T. Williams & Rosalyn Coleman Williams
Allergic To Nuts is a half hour comedy set in bustling New York City. Lavita Johns a pessimist with a sunny disposition is on the mends from a messy contentious divorce. Having been knocked off the social register, she’s reinventing herself with a cautious gusto and a passion for cooking. And make no mistake about it Lavita can burn! Being in the kitchen rescued her sanity when her marriage was faltering, which was pretty much from the beginning. A natural caretaker with a husband who was allergic to anything with taste, she taught herself to make outstanding gluten free, dairy free, shellfish free, nut free recipes that brought every gathering to another level.
This is where I will l post the download for our little chat. I am really looking forward to it. Putting the final touches on now. You may download the file here. Best veiwed in Safari.
Audience members will nominate their favorite selections for:
- Best Film
- Best Actor
- Brightest Emerging Director
WRITERS and DIRECTORS, submit your film by DECEMBER 15 for review.
Please submit all entries to
Red Wall Productions
A View From Here: Festival Of Short Films
400 W. 43rd St. Suite 17S
New York, NY 10036
All films must have been shot after January 2009.
Please mark entries with: Name of Film, Runtime, and Contact Information.
Red Wall Productions: Since 2002 empowering you to become the curator of your own image though low cost high quality film production. Everybody's got a story.
Roz and Craig
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Red Wall Productions is excited to present
THE VIEW FROM HERE: A FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS
Spunky, Sexy, Fun, Moving, Dramatic, Fresh…In 14 Minutes Or Less!
Join us on January 10 for a screening of short films that feature ordinary people in extra-ordinary circumstances!
Audience members will nominate their favorite selection for:
- Pick Best Film, Audience
- Pick Best Actor/Actress,
- Brightest Emerging Director.
After the screening, meet the people behind the films, and listen as they share their creative process.
WRITERS and DIRECTORS: Submit your film by the last chance DECEMBER 31 deadline for review
submit all entries to: Red Wall Productions A View From Here: Festival Of Short Films 400 W. 43rd St. Suite 17S New York, NY 10036
All films must have been shot after January 2009
Please mark your entries with: Name of film Runtime contact information
RED WALL PRODUCTIONS: Since 2002 empowering you to become the curator of your own image through low cost high quality film production. Everybody’s got a story