I worked at Myspace (that's right, the actual offices of Myspace), filling and re-filling cereal in four kitchens. That's it. For five hours.
I rolled a cart piled high with boxes of Fruit Loops and Cheerios down the silent, polished office floors. Footstep, footstep, squeaky wheel, squeaky wheel. I passed empty cubicles, un-plugged cords creeping out of desktops like weeds in a corporate graveyard. Layoffs? Probably. Curious eyes followed my progress from behind flat-screen monitors and beige half-walls, and whispers of "the cereal girl" and "sugar" and "mmm Coco Puffs" collected around me.
First kitchen - full. Second kitchen - full. Third kitchen - add one orange and a handful of cornflakes. Fourth kitchen - full. Stop. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat...
I was bored out of my mind. I wanted a sneaky espionage camera in my buttonhole. I wanted someone to talk to. I wanted to eat the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms bags.
And then I was done. It was lunchtime, no one wanted cereal anymore, and I wound the canyon roads back home, thinking - that was easy money, but I just got dumber from five hours without a single useful thought. I can't do this forever. Gotta get myself into some more creative endeavors.
That night, as if scheduled to reinforce that thought, we premiered Teeter's movie, Pivot. We filmed it last year & it's making the festival circuit; she wrote, produced and starred in in, I was a character and the script supervisor, and the entire cast & crew were our talented friends.
Teeter with the movie poster
Before everyone got there, Teeter, Chick and I set up the wine & cheese, laughing at ourselves for our use of risers and fluff - sure signs of catering experience. But hell, one thing working events has taught us is how to host a damn good party.
Chick even made a step-and-repeat/red carpet/paparazzi cake! Adorable.
It was at the Sunset Screening Room in Burbank - a beautiful & professional venue if you're ever looking to rent a screening venue - and we had a great turnout. Everyone was there to support independent film, and everyone was receptive to the movie. It was a room full of creative minds, buzzing.
I am so proud of Teeter. This is her dream and she made it happen.
You can buy Pivot here.
It was brought to my attention recently that I often write "I am so happy & grateful for my lovely and talented friends," or something similar. Well, it's because I have so very many of them, and they are so very lovely and so incredibly talented. Talking to them & knowing this one is writing a feature film, that one is releasing an album, the other one is directing operas, and that one over there is studying medicine... I am the luckiest girl in the universe to have such friends. You are all amazing.
The night ended as most of our celebrations do - at our favorite bar, Pineapple, cheers-ing Teeter over dirty martinis & sweet tea vodka.
Chick & Teeter, dancing at Pineapple
Today I am so happy & grateful for:
~ not just talking about things but actually doing them
~ jobs that remind me not to get complacent
~ inspiring friends