"Do unto to others as you would have them do to you."
It's such a simple thing, right? And yet, it can be so challenging, if not impossible (crowded subways, road rage, a lack of heat in your apartment on a blistery winter day)--especially when you live in NYC. Regardless, it is definitely something worth aspiring to.
And I have to say, I am glad that this simple little doctrine has always informed the way I have treated the people in my life and the people I interact with, whether they be strangers or my closest friends and family. Because, right now, I am so reliant on the kindness and generosity of others to make this project successful.
It's one thing to demand ungodly hours and time of yourself, but to to ask that of my collaborators, my cast, my creative team, my production team, my lawyer, my PR rep, my Associate Producers, and so on, well...it's a lot. And, quite frankly, it astounds me everyday when I see all the work and time that they are putting into this project, merely because they believe in it...and I guess, in me. It also reminds me that I'm one of the luckiest girls around.
And just a bit of advice--when you chose your cast, creative team, production team, business team, etc.-- try to find other people who also follow the golden rule in their daily lives. Because not only are they the ones you want to surround yourself with as you develop your show, but these decent and generous human beings tend to have their own networks of people willing to help them out and do them favors. Favors that come in very handy when you have a teeny, tiny budget and great big vision.
A big thank you to all of the wonderful people (Robby, Wendi, Alicia, Jen, Philip, Ji Ji, Niluka, Mikey, Cat, Jeena, Rafa, Joe, Missy, Jason, Val, Peter and Susan) who are lending their time, talents and resources to this project.