Monday, July 11, 2011

Stupid Me

Today I did something that may be stupid, I quit my job. You might be wondering why I'm sharing this here, well I'll tell you: I haven't been working on my documentary at all lately because I've been caught up in work drama. Lots and lots of drama. It was all just too much.

During the normal school year, I teach a high school film class and I work at UT helping the students in the film school produce their movies. I also work at a filmmaking non-profit which was my sole job this summer. I was suppose to work at a film camp this summer but not enough kids signed up so the job fell through. Needless to say I've been living on a part-time wage this summer and it's been rough. All the stress has been piling up. How could I raise money for my documentary when I barely had enough money to buy groceries? Today I woke up and realized that I didn't need that drama in my life, I need to focus and make sure I'm not going to bring work stuff home with me.

In my college career I have been thankful enough to have heard some great people speak: Spike Lee, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Mike Judge, Richard Linklater, Morgan Spurlock etc. During one night, probably 3 or 4 years ago, I got the opportunity to hear Francis Ford Coppola speak. One thing stuck out to me about what he said, he credited his success in film to being a father. He said that when he first heard that he was going to be a father, the thought that he would be supporting his family pushed him to do whatever it takes to be successful. I don't need to get knocked up to hopefully push myself. I'm hoping that being unemployed for the next two months, barely having enough money to pay my bills, will light a fire inside me to do what it takes to succeed. It's been more stupid of me to neglect my doc. I not only owe it to myself to make this doc, but I owe it to the yarn graffiti community and all the people who have back my project on Indiegogo.

Sometimes it's okay to be stupid and take risks. Wish me luck.


  1. Sarah! I admire you. How interesting-- I was going to put in my two weeks notice today too but I got scared. Nice inspiration right here.

    I believe in you. You always do the things you say you're going to do.

  2. One door closes and another one opens, I think you will create magic and do fine. All the best
    corrine aka jafabrit

  3. I'm going to banned from telling this story because i keep talking about it and not doing it; but I heard an interview with Jackass's Steve-O. He was talking about how Alexander the Great's war tactics fed his drive. When A.G.'s men were outnumbered at naval battles, it is said that he would set his own ships on fire telling his men that theyd have to take the enemies ships if they wanted to live. So way to go! Burn your ships!!! i'm rooting for you!