29 July 2014

Film in MD, pt. 2

After I wrote my last article (see Film in MD), Joey and I attended our first Cast & Crew Netflix Launch Party. While it was fun "rubbing elbows" with Kevin Spacey (dressed in designer jeans, a slick white blazer and matching fedora) and being able to see people outside of work, the most rewarding part was seeing how far our arms actually reach. As we strolled by the tables of steamed clams, fresh fruit, and crab dips we expressed our excitement at how enjoyable it was to be the ones cooked for...for once. But as we basked in the glory of not cooking, we ran into one of the heads of the construction department and his lovely wife. He introduced as "the guys who feed us every night." Her eyes lit up in the dark of the outdoor canopy and she smiled and thanked us for the food. We turned to Mike, confused. It was then he admitted to us that they have 6 kids and 2 dogs at home so whatever the construction guys don't eat during the day he takes home to his family. I was taken aback. A tear formed in my eye and I noticed the same looking back at me. His wife grabbed my hand and said, "We appreciate it. After all, it's not everyday our kids get to have crab cakes."

I looked at Joey and we knew that no matter what our bosses griped about, no matter how hard we criticized ourselves and each other, our part in the crew, in the world, was bigger than both of ever knew. We're glad to be able to give our cooking to others, especially those whose gratitude knows no bounds, because we know what a home-cooked meal means. It's not just Sunday dinner with the family. It's tradition. It's sharing. It's giving. It is selfless in all rights and never expects or accepts compensation. It's love.

11 July 2014

Film in MD

The following are my feelings on this article: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/07/10/house-of-cards-veep-among-md-rooted-shows-with-emmy-nominations/

I'm slightly biased about this since Joey and I are lucky to be a part, but anything that brings jobs is a good thing. We were flat broke, struggling to get by, living on pasta and goldfish (haha) when an old friend contacted Joey and brought us into the House of Cards crew. Most of the people we've met are wealthy to-do's from LA, but there are also a lot of underprivileged and weary souls who are finally earning enough to support themselves. We are extremely grateful for our positions but we are also happy to be able to feed those mouths that cannot yet feed themselves. There is one young, male painter who can't afford to buy himself lunch while he is there so we cook an extra meal for him everyday. He never picks, he's not greedy, and he always says thank you. Of course, I'm glad that the film industry benefited Joey and myself, but I'm even more ecstatic that it can benefit those worse off than we and give us the chance to do the same. #supportfilminMD