In our old house, we built an addition that required digging four-foot holes, pouring concrete, wiring, plumbing, painting, everything. We took down dropped ceilings, redid two bathrooms, added a brick walkway. And when we were done, and all I had left was to paint the trim around a living room window, I couldn’t do it. For eight years. Sure enough, when we moved in July, that trim had yet to be painted. For some reason, after all that other work, I just couldn’t bring myself to pick up the paint brush.
I think of that now as we approach our TV premiere. (Sept. 15, 9 p.m., WGBH-Boston, Channel 2.) For nearly two years, I scrambled to rent lighting, organize interviews, pick up hard-drives, insure shoots, and, on an almost daily basis, mail off screeners and promo material and festival apps. Then, when the festival run ended, I stopped.
It’s not easy starting again. It took me forever to log the list of video clips in our TV cut. I just kept putting it off. In the end, the task took about 35 minutes. Same for mailing a couple of posters to a fan who offered financial support. My lack of follow-through made me feel even worse. Then, sometime last week, I realized it was time to start again or else.
Here’s what I’ve done in the last few days:
- Pitched stories on DO IT AGAIN to various publications.
- Did interviews with the Concord Journal (my new hometown paper) and Patch.com in Arlington (my old hometown e-paper) and Boston Magazine.
- Arranged to go on WTTK on Friday morning with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for the weekly quiz show segment (9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.) to promote DIA.
- Borrowed $3,306 on my 401K to pay our E & O insurance bill. (I know, Mom, not a sound financial move. But the bill’s due Sept. 10 and cash to pay it won’t arrive until Sept. 15. I promise to pay myself back immediately.)
- Sent Morgan Spurlock a note begging him to tweet our Kickstarter campaign. We’ll see about that one. I mean, the dude seems to have a new movie out every month!
And tonight, I get to meet the elusive but hard-working Eric Luskin, our American Public Television czar, for lobster in Chestnut Hill. He zapped me a note earlier today that we added Albany. That’s nine markets. Let’s keep going.
Oh, and I’m heading out now to get a haircut. The last snip was in Turkey in early June. I look like a Muppet. Nobody should look like a Muppet for their TV premiere.