And the Helen Hero of the Week is….
** Helen Associate Producer, Joe Bera!**
A word to the wise, even if you are a superwoman (or at the very least, you think you are), there comes a time in the development process when it’s just not possible to do it all. Just like you have a “contingency” line in your showcase budget, you need to have a “contingency” person who is going to have your back and be able to run the show (no pun intended) while you are running the show.
My wingman is Joe Bera. Joe has been involved with Helen since its early stages, which has made this week’s transference of power all the easier. He has been involved in the budgeting, the raising of money, the business planning, and most importantly, Joe is our Helen “Ticket Master.” He’s the man behind making sure that everyone who donated to our Kickstarter fundraising efforts got their “Rewards” tickets. And when that number is over 200, and the seats are scarce, that is no easy task.
Words can’t express how I feel now that Joe has become the point person for many of the remaining producing duties. (It’s only been three days, but, it still feels great.) Of course, I still have piles of work to do, but those piles are much smaller and more manageable. And that’s the way it should be! Because I’m the writer/director of this show! And there is nothing more I love than being in the rehearsal room with my marvelous cast watching this glorious show unfold. And I deserve to enjoy that—and my cast deserves a director who isn’t preoccupied with tracking down Power Conditioners between staging musical numbers.
Speaking of which, we still need two Power Conditioners if you happen to know where we can find some. (I’ve learned more about “dirty power” in the past week than I care to.)
So, please all you aspiring writer/director/producers out there—please, promise me that you will have someone you know you can trust to pick up the slack in the final weeks, when it just becomes impossible to do so on your own. It’s not a luxury—it’s a necessity.
A special thanks also goes out to my other Associate Producer, Melissa Hardy, who guided me through the pre-production phase of the Showcase. Her expertise with budgeting, contracts, production meetings and so on, was invaluable to me as I grappled with the ins and outs of taking this final step.
And, of course, thank you to my production team: Niluka, Philip, Cat, Jason, Ji Ji, Jeena, Sam, Kate and Rafa, who are working incrediby hard for practically nothing. Now that I have all this free time on my hands I’ll have to figure how I can someday repay them for all their contributions to this production.