by Gina Sestak
OK, I admit it. I'm a bit behind the times. Ten days, to be exact. That's no reason not to celebrate, though, is it?
I didn't go out on New Year's Eve - stayed home and drank pomegranate juice instead of champagne, getting high on antioxidents.
I don't have anything against drinking alcohol. It just tends to make me sleepy, and I'm tired enough already that I don't need help from chemicals.
I started this year with no expectations. I'm not anticipating finally getting a novel published. I don't have any WIP I need to finish. I'm crossing my fingers on those Steeltown Entertainment Project entries, but not holding my breath. As for the two feature-length screenplays, I'm still doing everything I can to get them made into movies. At this point, that's a money issue, best left to folks who know about that kind of thing, but believe me, if I hit the Powerball, I know what I'll be doing with my millions!
I haven't made any resolutions, but my plan for this year is to do things that are fun. So here's my top five list of things I plan to do this year just for my own amusement:
1. Watch movies. I love movies in general, but I've developed an unquenchable addiction to Bollywood films in general and those starring Shah Rukh Khan in particular. He's the world's greatest actor, and that's no lie.
2. Dance. Folk dancing is a long-time passion (maybe one reason I like Bollywood so much). I'm clumsy by nature, but once I get into the flow, the music carries me. And it's such a treat to be moving in unison with other people for a change, in contrast to my usual sense of being a square peg in a round world.
3. Learn. I bit the bullet and registered for two more courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. As I've mentioned in past posts, Filmmakers' classes tend to be labor intensive, requiring many hours of outside work. And the Acting for the Camera course I took last semester turned out to be one of the most terrifying things I've ever done, stripping down self image and exposing all the flaws, not only in surface appearance but in my very way of being in the world. So I signed up for the follow up class, and for a short writing course on Screenplay Character Development. I figure that can't hurt.
4. Write. The other day, when I mentioned the screenplays, etc. I've been working on, a friend said, "You have so much self-discipline!" I had to correct her. It would take more discipline than I possess to make myself stop writing. I did more collaborative writing last year, on three of the screenplays, and that's a special kind of fun, even when nobody provides a special cake. [See my December 20, 2010 post for details.] Maybe that's one of the things I like about filmmaking - it takes a village to make a movie, and just being part of such a creative process is incredibly energizing.
5. Try things I've never done before. To that end, I'm pitching a class to a Pitt program on a subject near and dear to my heart - more on that later, once I find out if it flies or not.
I don't think these can count as resolutions. Resolutions for me have always boiled down to: Stop being the way I am and start being the way I'm not. These are different. They're more along the line of: Start being the way I really am. Have fun.
How about you? What are your plans for 2011?