Photo by: Jeff Kober
There are moments in life when throwing caution to the wind can be a completely exciting and exhilarating experience. The possibility of taking on new challenges, creating a new life for one’s self, and becoming something more than you have been accustomed to is no doubt what every human being yearns deep inside of them. Now add the possibility of risking your livelihood, becoming homeless, and throwing away your professional career in search of this. This moment can prove to be one of the most ambitious endeavors you will partake in.
It’s two in the afternoon and waves of heat radiate from the hot sand in the desert of Palmdale. Today is the type of day where the sun feels as if it is sitting on top of you baking away at your flesh turning it into leather almost instantaneously. I stand in this desolate terrain holding a neon green umbrella over a young and pretty actress to shield her from the sun, and the only thing I ask myself is, what the hell am I doing here?
I’m 26 years old and for the past three years of my life I have lived in the world of public relations. Day in and day out I walked through the doors of slick contemporary offices that boasted clients from Kiss to Michael Jackson, and even corporate giants like Wal-mart and Microsoft. With only an AA in Radio and TV/Film production, there was no logical reason for me to hold the positions I held, other than my drive and laser focused work ethic.
So, why would I leave this world to be a stand in for a Joshua tree? The answer to this question was the only thing that I was positively certain of. It was the obligation to myself to pursue a love of film that had captivated me ever since I was old enough to hold a VHS tape.
This was my first project working as a production assistant and the name of the film was “Buried Treasure,” which is the story of a man whose life has completely stopped after the death of his wife. A man who trudges through life with the world around him fading in and out as memories of his beloved came back to haunt him. Despite having only read a few snippets of the script, there was such a strong kindred spirit between where I found myself in life and the main character. We were two individuals living out our days in malcontent and confined to our respective melancholic state.
Making movies is all I have ever wanted to do with my life, and in my early 20’s I decided money was more important. Money was what was going to take care of me, not my hopes and dreams. Before my ambitions had taken over, I was like everyone else. Working a job I cared nothing for, so that I could buy a nice shirt and go to that expensive bar downtown where mixologists prepare drinks you’ve never heard of.
It wasn’t until I opted out of this life and began to pursue a new one, that I truly began to see the world differently. Not just in cost and value, but in substance and beauty. Throughout the six day shoot I met some of the most charismatic and dedicated people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. People that had passion engrained in the fiber of their being. A synergetic and harmonious collaboration of souls brought together from every corner of the United States, as well as other parts of the world to create one film. To them, this project was more than just a “job”. This was a reason to get up in the morning, a reason to live. These people not only took their roles very seriously and conducted themselves more professionally than many people I have worked with in the past, but had more to gain out of it. Every shot, every scene was a delicate and calculated effort where attention to detail was not just paramount, but necessary from every person on set.
It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears…and sand to complete Buried Treasure, and the road that was taken to be a part of this film is one that I will be continue to pursue for a long time to come. Buried treasure is exactly what working on this set felt like to me. The painstakingly search of trying to locate the gem at the bottom of a heap of hard work is what this film would end up being, and precisely what life has in store for all of us.
You cannot be expected to know what you want out of life when you are in the infancy of it, but with each trial and tribulation you know more and more what you don’t want. This means digging and searching for the things, which bring you frustration, sorrow and joy. And, being able to distinguish a mirage from an oasis in the quest for fulfillment can be one of the most satisfying ventures you will ever engage in.
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