It’s Natalie, and I am overwhelmed by the positive outpour we received for After Forever this past week. Not only did we slay our budget with the Kickstarter campaign, we buried it deep, and I want to thank each and every person who donated or shared the campaign. It is extremely empowering to have so many people enjoy something I’ve created, and equally inspiring to know I’m not alone in the pursuit of this story.
The success of this Kickstarter is a huge step, not only for After Forever, but for me as an artist and business woman. It’s sort of like I’ve leveled up, and as a result, I’ve unlocked new gear, new people, and new possibilities. I’m excited to explore the next tier of low-budget film making, but I am going to need your patience and understanding as I learn to navigate this new terrain. Since I am a self taught filmmaker, most of my skills have come from trial and error on set. But now that we’re going to have a more professional set, the margin for error is much smaller, and there will be a steep learning curve as I adjust to the new standards that I’ve set for myself. Already I feel that my first learning experience is how to let go of responsibilities that detract from my main focus. Until now, I’ve produced all our content, managed our website and maintained social media, but if I try to continue all this during the second season, there will be nothing left of me but an empty puddle of skin.
I don’t want to be an empty puddle of skin.
My first step is to figure out how to let go of just enough control, to trust other people to handle different aspects of production, and still uphold the creative vision that I have for After Forever. That is my creative task, and I am ready to take it on.
(What will help me relinquish certain tasks is remembering that by letting other people help, I’ll allow myself the time to go outside and enjoy the other important elements in life.)
So, as we progress with pre-production, I invite you to read this blog an learn with me as I take on the newest dragon in my life: After Forever Season 2.