Tales of Not Quitting - Our Adventures with ANGEL LADY
Thirty years ago, I was a single mom with the extremely unglamorous job of selling sandwiches door to door in office buildings on Sunset Boulevard. Some of these stops were talent agencies. It was mortifying to be rolling my sandwich cart into the trendy rooms where talent agents were working the phones on behalf of their clients, even though I’d stopped acting when I had my daughter Sophie.
Even though I declared myself done with the awful life of waiting for someone to give me an acting job, nothing else had entered my life to fill the creative void. It’s one thing to know what you don’t want, but way better to know what you DO want.
Enter Edward Kovach. We met at Danny Simon’s writing class, held in the community room of his Valley condo association. Danny was Neil Simon’s brother, and professed to have taught his younger sibling everything he knew. Edward and I fell into a romantic thing. And, lucky for me, he was already a produced screenwriter, with an idea for a script that we could work on together.
The story was based on an incident that occurred during the Harmonic Convergence.
This happened so long ago that some of you reading this were still radiant souls trolling the etheric trails, surveying which human suit to try on next. During August 16/17 1987, there was an exceptional alignment of the planets in our solar system, and all kinds of wild things happened. For example, a mysterious glitch appeared on a TV set, that people swore might be a visiting Angel.
With that crazy event in mind, we started our writing partnership. Edward generously and patiently taught me screenplay format, scene structure, how to write snappy dialogue, and most importantly, how to stick with it. He was and still is, a very disciplined and productive writer.
We wrote every day, after I finished my job, turned in the unsold tuna sandwiches, picked up Sophie from day care, brought her home for a snack and set her up to play while we worked. I wrote about this challenging time in my book “It’s Too Late to Quit” because I got the guidance that would carry me through that time:
Thanks to that guidance, and the ongoing support of my buddy and fellow Buddhist Frederick Ponzlov, I kept on working and writing until we finished the script. We started shopping the script to producers. Over the next six years, it was optioned to three different sets of producers, who asked that we rewrite the story to accommodate their plans to shoot in Taos, New Mexico, Vancouver, Canada, and I think it was East Los Angeles. None of that gelled into a movie deal. Eventually, Edward and I broke up, he married someone lovely and focused his talents on writing crime novels. (He has completed six! See here.)
I also married someone else, the wonderful Dan Moore and continued screenwriting. I spent the next years writing projects about the women of Los Alamos, spies in the Civil War, a burnt-out detective living on a houseboat, a pediatric orthodontist from Hell (literally a Devil), and a compulsive serial bride. Occasionally a producer would read ANGEL CHANNEL and offer to take it to Lifetime. “No, thank-you,” I’d say, ever so politely. That was never my dream for this movie.
It’s when my husband Dan and I made the move to Louisiana that the project became alive again, because we determined that we - Sheri and Dan - would form Sheridan Film Company and make the film ourselves.
In my blog, “How the Angels dragged me to Higher Ground,” I recount how I connected to the Angel believer community as a marketing ploy and how that saved my life. Okay, I would have gone on living. But my spiritual life was able to take root and grow as I started interviewing authors, channels, teachers and healers all over the world, who work with the angelic realm.
And boy oh boy was that good timing, as we continued the tedious and frustrating work of producing our little independent film. We were taking so long that my dearest friends and even my mother stopped asking about the project. (Although I give her credit that in her final months, she would sweetly say, “How’s your play going?”)
A series of failures can also be interpreted as a series of learning experiences, right? Dan and I spent thousands of dollars and even more thousands of hours moving the project one step forward and two steps sideways. The script went through even more rewrites as a handful of directors came through with their notes and then moved on to very lucrative TV directing jobs.
Then a couple years ago, we circled back to our friend Edgar Pablos. Dan had mentored Edgar after his graduation from USC Film School and got him started in the movie business in Los Angeles. Dan also co-produced Edgar’s short film, AGUA DULCE, that won all kinds of prizes. Edgar was willing to sign on, and add his vision to our material.
I invite you to take the next 2.5 minutes to watch Edgar’s Director’s statement, where he describes his vision for ANGEL LADY. This guy is SO inspiring!
(While you are there… please LIKE our new FB page!)
The last year and a half has been full of setbacks for all of us. The pandemic locked us out of our shooting location in El Paso, my mom died and my husband Dan was diagnosed with cancer. Thank the Heavens, radiation and a surplus of cruciferous vegetables, Dan is now cancer-free. So, this is the opportunity for us to recommit to our dream. Clearly, it is too late to quit. And honestly, we don’t even want to.
We BELIEVE in the big message of this little movie - that angels are everywhere, some wearing human suits, some appearing at the moment of our greatest need. (Here’s my last blog, about experiencing an angel.) We BELIEVE that as the world struggles to press reset, our story about the healing power of community, of love, of connection to our spirit will find a wide audience.
Now, we need YOU - our friends - to take 30 SECONDS to go to our NEW FB page that has been created for ANGEL LADY. Please like it, and follow the page. It really matters, because we have Funders and Foundations looking at our social media outreach. Would you please do that? There, we will post our film’s progress.
HERE’S THE PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/AngelLadyMovie
As a thank you for liking and following our new FB page, I will happily send you a free digital copy of “It’s Too Late to Quit.” Email me: email@example.com
Thank you for reading this far, and caring this much. Your support at this time is important and much, much appreciated.
Onward with love and all the Angels - Earthly and Divine!
June 20, 2012
Stay tuned on this free and fun webinar we're planning!
"Claiming your Marathon - Your Impossible Dream."
If you read my blog, you'll see some of the strategies we will discuss with guests:
- Marathoner Dr. Dean Goodman (still running distance in his 70's)
- Angel Lady film director Edgar Pablos
- Activist artist Daneeta Jackson of Planet Daneeta
- Triathlete, veteran, cancer champion, and health innovator Clayton Treska
- Plus more!
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