…An initiative to get all the food that restaurants discard due to surplus at the end of the night to people in need. Wasting food is bad for the earth and its inhabitants.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Caterina Antonina Campagna. Caterina is a native New Yorker. She is a creator and she creates passionately. She opens up her veins to write, direct, act and dance.
This will sound run of the mill at first, so I will apologize as you yawn, but it is just the truth. I always wanted to act. I am an only child, and I quickly learned that a great way to make friends with new people is to entertain them. I would recite lines from my favorite tv shows and movies to anyone who would listen. I also always loved stories, so I would write skits for the school talent shows, and if you watched me long enough, I would break out into dance and song.
I played Eve Harrington in the Wisdom of Eve and in the play my character does all she can do to get featured in a top Broadway trade paper. Well, a reporter came to one of the shows and called my performance, “stellar.” I thought it was pretty neat how life imitates art. It was also surreal to me, because I started as an entertainment journalist, and I now find myself as the subject instead of the observer.
I don’t know if I would call them mistakes, everything we do “wrong” is what teaches us to make it better the next time. But if I have to be specific, I would say my mistake was trusting someone to bring the microphones he promised to set. Next time, I will insist that everyone be held accountable for their responsibilities. What was really comical was that he wouldn’t be so present either. He did everything from not bringing back up batteries, take long breaks, would show up late to set, and even donned a carpenter’s crack ever so often. A really hot mess without hot bricks. You asked for funny, and I guess I can laugh about it. Now.
I am in post production for my directorial debut called THE SHATTERING GROUNDS. The logline is where fact and fiction collide. My friend describes it as an arty, real fly on the wall piece. It follows characters who are all a little tattered in their own way and how they make sense of the situation they are in. The leads in the film are a child of divorce, a former rock star and an undercover cop. Joseph D’onofrio is in it as well, and he did a terrific job! I have written several other scripts in varying genres and am alway looking for people to collaborate with.
I had just covered a Metallica concert, and got an invite to the afterparty. I have to say that Kirk Hammett is very kind and down to earth.
Collaborate with an open mind. You don’t always have to be one thing. For instance, if you usually direct, open up to a friend who writes or acts and say, “Today you direct and I will act.” Work every creative muscle you have. What you pick up along the way will serve you later in other projects. In short, be like water. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help or an opinion, it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of wanting to grow. Another thing, don’t forget, this is supposed to be fun. So if you need a break that’s okay, too. Go run barefoot through a park, play on the swings, go for a swim, dance, sing obnoxiously loud in your car and feel the freedom of your imagination, because that is what you are attempting to bring into the world. I also find that when you quiet the voice in your head, that’s when the ideas come.
Oh wow! I can hear the stitches of those old wounds popping with this question. No, I have made peace with the scars. They are fading and I bless them for teaching me.
“Life is what happens while you were making other plans.” I didn’t think I would ever direct. I almost wouldn’t have even had acted if it weren’t for my father. He had gotten ill and needed a lot of care, so I had to leave my nine to five at a magazine. On my dad’s better days, where he didn’t need as much attention, I would take classes and get background work. During that time, I started writing screenplays. I think the best way to make the most of a bad or sad situation is to see the good in it. My dad passed from Alzheimer’s disease, and I dedicate everything I will ever do to him.
My mom, for sure. She has been there with nothing, but support for me. Mind you, I got a BA in psychology and am not using it. I feel I am here to make, write and act in films.
Kathryn Bigelow. The reason is obvious. She is a genius!
Originally published at medium.com