Photo by Jessica Antola.
You can get the gist of what I’m about to tell you on my about page, but I thought why not dig in and tell you a bit more about who I am now. Seems like as good a time as any considering the launch of the redesigned site.
When I was 21, I moved to New York City with almost no money eager for a big experience. I’d felt compelled to move to the biggest city I knew with the brightest lights I could ever remember seeing since I was in middle school. It was going to be the place where I would begin to understand my own life.
Over the next six months I interned in the photography department at Mirabella Magazine. When I realized that opportunity was not going to turn into the rent-paying job I needed I left to work for a tiny consulting firm with a client roster that included film producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Oliver Stone. From there I went to work for Harvey and Bob full time at their company Miramax Films. Before I knew it I was riding around town in limousines with people (legends) like Harvey Keitel, serving popcorn to Faye Dunaway, and making sure that plane was going to fly back snowstorm or not to Los Angeles with George Clooney on board. There was a bunch of other crazy stuff – some good, some not, some boring.
By my mid twenties I had started traveling to Los Angeles for work and one Friday decided to move there, and was in a coworker’s guesthouse by Monday. Hey, those were the times and that was what you did at that age – all the while looking for the next “big” experience.
I worked for Miramax Films until I didn’t, and then I worked for the best public relations firm around on Miramax projects. There was a little craziness mixed in there, but we’ll leave that out.
In my late twenties I wanted to learn more about the making of movies. At that point I got the third luckiest break of my life (the first was working for Harvey and Bob, the second for the great pr maven/lady Pat Kingsley) and went to work for producer Jerry Bruckheimer as his assistant. Good things come in threes, and I’d say that about sums up my working experiences in the film biz – except I’d add “exceptionally” before good.
Nearing my thirties I left Los Angeles on a road trip and without knowing it moved to Maine. It just happened. One of my best friends and I set off on a rock and roll themed road trip and then there we were in this “magical” land where people went sailing and didn’t carry beepers. WHAT?? I took a photography workshop, started reading books again, visited an art supply store, and suddenly started saying yes to every invitation, because I had no reason not to. A month later I was back in Los Angeles packing up my room.
The film business taught me grace, toughened me up, provided really fun times, introduced me to some of the most loyal and amazing people, introduced me to some pretty wretched human beings, got me to be solution oriented – I think on my toes and I’m not afraid of much. My enthusiasm and hard work were often rewarded with more responsibility and some pretty incredible learning opportunities. I’ll forever be grateful and miss it.
That just about brings us to the current state of things. The last ten years has been spent learning about keeping chickens, beekeeping, gardening, real/slow/sustainable food, stitching, sewing, and digging my own damn holes (aka DIY).
This blog is where I share what I have learned along the way, and am excited about. It’s not just about me, but about a whole slew of things happening around me in Maine and a lot further afield. One of the things I am most grateful for are the exceptionally smart and generous people I meet socially and through work. I want to give those folks some space and share their talents and minds with you.
Thanks for reading all this and I look forward to sharing. I’d love to know about you dear readers, so feel free to comment and tell me where you live and what you are interested in – whether it be beekeeping, knitting, throwing dinner parties, whatever.