“Why don’t you have a big girl job?” asks the red-headed Priscilla.
“You mean I actually get to have a job that relates to my college degree?!” says Eliza.
Some of my most intelligent and driven friends are working at a coffee shop while they sit on top of their Political Science Masters degree, applying for job after job that actually might live up to their academic capabilities to no avail. When my friends and I were graduating from high school we were told that college was the next and most necessary step. I definitely agree that higher education is necessary, but the harsh reality of the lack of jobs waiting for us on the other side is such a shock. So we recent college grads are funneled into making ends meet as bartenders, as baristas, as dog walkers, as nannies, as servers, and sometimes all of those things at once. When you couple this epidemic of working multiple part time jobs with the understanding that we were told by our parents that we could grow up and be anything and do anything we wanted, day-to-day life can get pretty disheartening for us. So we bank on some form of luck. We bank on that pivotal moment where good preparation meets opportunity, as is the case of the character-arc of Eliza. In Episode 2 she nails that second job interview (opportunity) because she has put in the work (preparation) and just lets the universe figure itself out (luck). So many successful and sturdy artists, in my eyes, have found this delicate balance between doing a damn honest to goodness job in an audition, interview, or portfolio review and then graciously leaving it up to the career gods. Show up, do your work, bring your heart. It’s a strange version of faith, being a healthy artist. To me, this is the story of what it means to be a Millennial, this is what it means to be a dreamer.
Filmmaking is not without its obstacles. When you are relying on a crew of four that are all current students studying for finals week, one ’91 Honda soccer mom mini van, Lake Shore Drive in rush hour traffic, and a Mac Book Pro that has seen better days- things can get hairy. But every time we were met with another mountain to climb, I could turn to my crew and my cast and be met with the utmost determination and optimism to see this episode through to its completion. They make it worth it. And so do you- yes you, our amazing fans.
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