The One About Writers and Their Procrastination Strategies

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I know I should probably be sleeping right now, but my mind seems to be racing. As all writers typically do, this is my way of procrastinating/avoiding actually typing my screenplay. I know. I know. I’m bad, but this just seems soooooooooo much more interesting (or important) right now. Just kidding. But not really.

So here’s a list of the things writers to do procrastinate or avoid writing altogether:

  1. Eat, cook and/or put snacks in a plate in “preparation” of an epic writing session.
  2. Drink (or smoke) past the point of “finding inspiration” to the moment where writing is impossible.
  3. Clean. Because of all the times the bathroom could’ve been cleaned, a true writer will do it before they sit down to write. Must. Clean. All. Things.
  4. Meticulously organize their desk, rearrange furniture and feng-shui the entire apartment.
  5. Read TMZ, check Twitter, open Facebook on another tab, peruse the headlines at CNN, text a friend about something unrelated and then check/reply to some emails.
  6. Youtube a particular song for “inspiration” and then end up on some random cat or baby video.
  7. Listen to a popular song, dance around Lena Dunham style and then put some clothes on. Because who actually writes naked?
  8. Take a nap. Because 1 thru 7 kinda wore me out already…
  9. Make a writing schedule/calendar. Color code it and then hang it. Then change it, redo it and hang it back.
  10. Binge watch a show on Netflix. Not just a show, an entire season!
  11. Make lists like this one. See what I did there?

I hope this list has inspired someone to write, because it’s pretty much just made me really sleepy. JAJA! Have a wonderful night.

The One About Being Caught Up

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I haven’t updated this since October of last year! WHAT!? I’ve been working like crazy. What can I say? 12 hour days on set. Rain, shine, humidity…all in one day because it’s Texas.

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On set in downtown Houston. SELFIE!

Aside from this awesome PA gig I managed to land, I’m also working on a screenplay. (Isn’t everyone?) I’m tired of being so hyper-critical of my writing. I’m just going to write and write, until I get to where I need to go. Seriously. I sometimes feel like my worst enemy when it comes to this stuff. But I don’t care anymore. There are stories that need to be told and I want to tell them. Even if takes a while. I’m in it for the long haul.

Youth isn’t wasted on the young, it’s wasted on the lazy.

Back to work everyone.

The One About No Sleep

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Lately, I’ve had a hard time falling asleep at a normal time. I’m not sure what it is. Well, maybe I am. Either way, I’d just like to cuddle up with my body pillow and think about how cool I’d look if I really could fly.

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No! It’s that Mexican!

Sometimes I like to think that flying away could be the ultimate solution to every trouble. But then I’m like, “NAWWW!” Superman flies to the crime and fights it.

Must. Be. Like. Superman.

Good night readers!

Sincerely,

Superwoman.

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The One About April Thru Today

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The last time I blogged I was still a senior at Texas Southern University. I was dealing with an extreme amount of anxiety because graduation was right around the corner and I seriously doubted I could even handle adulthood. Well, the anxiety hasn’t left and my degree got sent back to TSU because no one was home to sign for it. Oh and the whole adulthood thing is “a work in progress.”

Here’s a recap of my life since April:

I graduated in May. The ceremony was too long. I spent an ungodly amount of time on my phone during the whole thing. I nearly died from the thought of falling while crossing the stage. Good news, I made it across. No accident! Oh and get this…I made it through college DEBT FREE. Take that Sallie Mae!  Check out my classy graduation picture! Image

The week of graduation I started my first post-college job with an independent production company working on a television pilot! Now I can’t get into specifics or anything, but it’s a comedy with some very lively characters in it. The experience has been pretty much amazing! My “official title” is assistant producer, if you’re into that sort of thing or somewhat curious. But since it’s an independent production, I’ve gotten to work almost every position (that’s what he said). Some of my “positions” include: production manager, assistant editor, writer, boom operator (for like one take because the real boom operator went to the potty) and even casting. Oh and professional sign maker! Check this one out. I made it when we began editing. My verbal hints weren’t working, so I had to resort to non-verbal measures. Did it work? No, not really.Image

This summer, while I was working to help make some awesome television, I gained some of the weight I lost last year. Yes, I can admit it’s a struggle. But I refuse to give up. It’s not so much about the weight loss anymore. It’s about being healthy enough to live longer, take care of mi familia and make a difference in the world (no biggie). Am I selfish enough to believe that keeping myself alive would only benefit me? Never.Image

In order to make ends meet, I’m still working my leasing agent job 2 to 3 days per week. No shame in my game! I’m slowly but surely leaving the place that has taught me so much about management, sales, accounting, marketing, and life to purse my passion full-time. To all you Gen-Y, 20-somethings struggling with this, keep your head up. Sometimes you’ve got to suck it up and let your struggle push you to work harder. DON’T GIVE UP. Every media professional has their unique success story, mine is still being written. The picture below is me and my co-worker, “working.”Image

What’s next? A feature film! Yep. It’s not my film, but I’m the assistant producer on a very awesome project set to shoot next year in Houston, TX. I’ll be helping cast the film, schedule it, hopefully production manage and much more. Who’s excited? THIS GIRL!  On my free time, I’ll be blogging here, Youtubing (@stephevemadrid) and writing my little heart out. I’ve got so many stories to tell and not enough time to tell them. I fell off the blogging train this summer but I’m back and I’m here to stay! How was your summer? Leave some love in the comments. Adios!

Sincerely,

Stephanie Madrid

The One About Social Media

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Here are the awesome notes from today’s presentation. If you missed the panel discussion, you’ll be able to see it later today at  http://tsucommweek.com/ If you have any questions, comments, concerns, donations or just wanna talk then post a comment or tweet me @stephevemadrid. I’d love to hear some feedback!

Sincerely,

Stephanie Madrid

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The One About Public Speaking

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So, tomorrow morning (or should I say later today) I will be giving a short panel discussion about how I’ve used social media to “brand” myself and “advance” my film projects while in school. I’m nervous. Incredibly. I hate public speaking. I tend to over rehearse and then completely forget what I rehearsed when I’m speaking.

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Here’s my game plan:

  1. I’m wearing flats! I tend to self-destruct when I get in anything not level with the ground.
  2. I am using PowerPoint, but am having second thoughts. A wise man once said, “It’s my own fault for using PowerPoint. PowerPoint is boring.” Ten points if you can guess who said it!
  3. I am going to jump off stage like those cool kids at rock concerts. Crowd surfing? I’m fat, so it’s more like crowd sinking. Nevermind then. Fail.
  4. I will picture everyone naked. I’ve heard it works but have never actually tried it. Who knows, maybe someone will get asked out tomorrow? That’s right boys, I do the asking!
  5. There’s a Q & A session at the end. Save the questions for Google people! Ain’t nobody got time for that! (Just kidding.)

Have a good night. I hope I made you smile.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Madrid

P.S. Watch #TSUSMC13 live: http://schedule.tsucommweek.com/live/  Tweet us! @TSUCommWeek or @stephevemadrid

The One Where No One Sleeps

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Originally Written on: Thursday March 28th, 2013

Posted on: Tuesday April 16th, 2013

That’s a wrap! So I missed my daily blog deadline for the past few days or weeks. I’ve been caught up with production and post-production for the upcoming short film “A Kiss From A Whore,” written and directed by Thomas Jackson.

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As the producer, I’m not really required to be on set, but my controlling and compulsive personality won’t allow me to just sit back and watch things fall apart. When I wasn’t typing out call sheets, daily productions reports or counting money/receipts with the assistant producer, I tried to alleviate some pressure from the AD’s and the props master (who also happened to be craft services and a character in the film). Filmmaking is organized chaos. It’s quite beautiful actually.

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Did I mention we also had 5 actors drop out of the film while we were in production? Julian Kane, the 2nd Second AD/casting director, and I had to drive to TSU campus to pick up some actors and find some last minute replacements. It got to the point where we had to put some of our own crew in the short film. Seeing as how they were required to be on set all day, scheduling wouldn’t be an issue.

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We broke a lot of rules! Although it was a class project, we still had to adhere to common film set rules. Of course, if we missed the exact lunch hour…the unions weren’t going to come knocking on our door and shut us down, but the whole “simulated” reality situation really helps us prepare for the future. We had a working lunch on day 3. Some of the crewmembers and I were literally making hot dogs and feeding everyone while they were prepping for a scene. I just wanted to make sure everyone ate. Yes, I sometimes feel like the Mom on set.

It took 3.5 days to get this short film in the can! The screenplay was about 30 pages long. The crew was about 18 people, including our 2 film professors who did everything they could to help out. 12+ hour days and minimal sleep means everyone was on edge! Despite all of the heated arguments and utter chaos, it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

(Film = Fun) > 9 to 5

Sincerely,

Stephanie Madrid

P.S. For more information about our film visit: www.facebook.com/akissshortfilm