Thirty Something

Today is my 33rd birthday. When I was a kid, people in their thirties were “middle-aged.” They were married, had 3 kids and a house, went to soccer practice on the weekends, had backyard BBQs and talked about early retirement and buying boats.

While I don’t long for the days of parent-teacher conferences, refinancing my mortgage, or quarterly evaluations with The Bobs, part of me would like to be further along in my career than I am today. I don’t want to buy a boat, but I’d like to be able to buy a boat.

As per usual, I only made one short film last year. I still haven’t finished it due to a number of minor setbacks. But I’m optimistic that it will be finished within the next month. I’d like to be able to make more than one short per year, but work has always kept me too busy to focus on filmmaking.

Despite not making as much progress as I would like, I have been moving forward inch by inch. I left my day-job and started my own business, Applebox Cinema Co., and while I have literally NO idea how to run a business, so far it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’m so thankful for all of the support I’ve received from friends and family; everyone doing whatever they can to help me get this business off the ground. I’m a lucky guy.

And while I’m a long way off from being able to buy a boat, I’m much more creatively fulfilled than I have been in years, and I truly believe this is the right path for me. The next step is bigger clients, commercials, music videos and then onto feature-length films. It may take longer than I had hoped, but I’ll get there.

This time next year I plan to be writing a very different blog entry. The road ahead is long and winding, but I’ve got my walkin’ shoes on and I’m ready for an adventure!