I know. I know. I KNOW. I've been so bad about updating you, but here I am. Well... Here I've been, actually, because a great deal of fortune allows me to say that there's SO much to go over. Let's begin with one of the most beautiful experiences I've had making a short: Bleeped.
You know when you meet people for the first time simply to discover that they've always been your friends? Well, that's what that mid-April weekend in Boston shooting this film felt like to me.
Bentley University student Waleed AlQahtani had contacted me via Backstage when I was in Puerto Rico to invite me to audition for a project he'd written that was then titled Politically Correct. After reading the script, the silly goose in me jumped up and down at the thought of making some quirky comedy happen, and the Skype audition with the extremely well-prepared and welcoming Waleed did nothing but convince me further that I wanted to participate. It was no surprise, then, that the concept of hesitation was temporarily eradicated from my mind in the moment when he said "It's yours if you want it."
I moved to New York City shortly after, at the beginning of April, and less than ten days after dropping my luggage in The City That Never Sleeps, I was dozing off in a Bolt bus on my way to Boston. Waleed and I had Skyped with Alexander Gauthier, who would be playing the lead role and thus my love interest (and the object of my Babysitting Skills), a couple of days earlier, and in that virtual meeting, a further comprehension of the story and the characters' relationship came hand in hand with laughter and connection to people who were unmistakably kind, talented, and devoted to the craft. With this in mind, wrapping my head around the fact that I was heading to Boston to meet everyone who was working on this film for the first time was difficult.
What's more - It still is.
Forget being floored by the entire team's efficacy, passion, talent, and dedication. Playing the blasphemous game of pretending those qualities aren't essential, let's forget that for a second, because it was something else about them that took me to a place I'd never been before but found inexplicably familiar: their humanity. Everyone on set was different, and I mean different. The age range stretched farther than a decade, and the level of diversity in terms of ethnicity and nationality made a constant debut in every new accent and "I come from..." Yet there wasn't a single stranger in that room. Everyone worked, everyone laughed, everyone helped each other, as if there was some underlying script of love and compassion we'd all unknowingly memorized before arriving.
It was only days later, after resuming my business back in the Big Apple, that I realized just how special the brief experience had been. If you ever run into Waleed AlQahtani and he offers you a space in any of his projects or a part in his life, take that second to forget what Hesitation means.
And, without further ado, I give you the very quirky Bleeped: