WHAT IT DO?!
Mane! Ya boy J Lee has been busy. But busy is good in LA. For the past month or so, I've been working as a producer for a new TV show called "Pay It Off" which will air later this year.
While I'm doing that, I'm finishing the re-write for the big epic/fantasy script that writing partner and I have telling the story of one of the dopest Greek monsters in history.
While I'm doing that, I'm prepping for another movie that my writing partner and I wrote. And we're getting ready to shoot it later this year. And if you know me...you'll love this story of how it came to be.
We wrote the script about 2 years ago. Once our BIG BUDGET script got picked up by a studio, it sat on the shelf as we had to do re-write after re-write for the big boy. Meanwhile, this little comedy was sitting back waiting on his turn. One day, we decided to take it out, brush the dust off and take another look at the comedy. And while we were doing that, I said to myself "this b***h is funny. I forgot we wrote that". And suddenly something hit me. And I said 'I'm going to shoot this'. When I wake up in the morning, I try to take a moment to just ...be. Before I get on my phone and start emailing and all the things that consume my day. I go out by my pool. Breathe and pray. And that's when I'm the most clear. And in that moment, it made sense. And I realized that I had everything I needed to make this movie happen.
Made a few calls. Connected a few dots. And here I am in preproduction for my film. Director, casting director, producers, script attached. The journey will be long, but I'm on the trail and I'm prepared for the haul.
Anyway..what else? That's it. Shooting a movie. Producing a TV show. Re-writing a script. Living life. And I'm happy.
So..moral of the story is what? I don't know. But I do know that all the lumps you take along the path only prepare you for when you're ready to do what it is you do. Over the past 2-3 years, my oven has heated up, placed me inside, burned me, had me on hold..and just when I thought I heard the 'ding' and was done in that oven and ready to get out...it kept me in there just a little longer. But that only made me stronger once I came out. Ya dig? So enjoy the struggle, folks. Because that's what keeps you going. Just keep some sunscreen handy 'cause undoubtedly you will be tested in the heat. Just know. You won't burn. You can't burn. You're fire proof.
But if YOU don't believe that...I won't either ;-)