It’s easy when you’re at the end of a year to forget all the great stuff that has happened in it. Sure, Facebook’s app helps, but as we all know, it hasn’t quite been the best measure this year.
Looking back, the things I am most proud of are:
Find Love, NYC – Sure, we filmed in it 2013 but most of the post-production, and especially its release, happened in 2014. One of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on, with some of the best people I’ve ever collaborated with. Truly special, and I’m so proud of what we made. Plus, Samantha Medici ranks on my list of Top Characters I’ve Played.
Festivals – From representing films to just exploring, I checked out so many film festivals over the year. Jersey Shore Shorts Festival, SoHo International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Chain NYC Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, and another 48 Hour Film Festival. More than I’ve ever gone to in a season before! From averaging just one a year to jumping up to 6, I look forward to increasing that number exponentially each year.
No Exit – Getting to understudy again for The Pearl Theatre Company was a dream. Thrown in the middle of it all, covering two major roles, it was a hell of a challenge (pun intended), and I’m really proud of my work. I only got to tread the boards during understudy runs, but I still feel very accomplished. It felt great to delve again theatrically into something.
Gunzenhauser No. 7 – A film for the 48 Hour Film Project, I got to play a complex character in a genre called Film de Femme– “specifically designed by the 48HFP to encourage strong roles for females in 48HFP films." I felt like I was part of something bigger than just the festival: Progress.
Myself – Sounds narcissistic I know, but I feel like I became even more aware of myself and my desires this year. Although it was a messy journey, I’m a better, stronger person. I learned new tools to advance me toward my goals, and I solidified my commitment. And through tragedy of loved ones, I’ve been jolted with the extreme awareness of the fragility of life – and the resulting vital importance of pursuing one’s dreams and purpose while one can. Do what makes you happy. Throw out the useless stuff. Keep your eye on the prize, and never stop.
Thanks, 2014, it's been a year. 2015, let's rock it out!
I LOVE award season. It's this huge source of inspiration to me, watching the best celebrated work of the year and seeing actors and actresses get recognition for their spellbinding artistic craft. It is this time of year that I dream my career aspirations the loudest and most vividly.
It's the BEST!!! :-)
And one of my absolute favorite treats -- almost a ritual -- is watching all of The Hollywood Reporter's Roundtables -- actors, actresses, composers, directors, cinematographers, etc. They are all so cool to watch and learn from. I completely geek out. :)
You can catch them all on YouTube of course, but I'll post my two faves here for easy viewing.
Even though there are still a few weeks left in the year, I tend to always feel around this time a winding down and closure. Perhaps it is because the entertainment industry slows down a bit during this month, the final couple weeks being a wash to holiday festivities (hey, I’m not complaining!). Maybe it’s also my own mind shutting down, saying to myself, “Hey, you’ve had a productive year, Kimberly—now slow down, appreciate these celebrations, and reward yourself!”
“Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.”
-- Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
-- Neil Gaiman
“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”
— Vern McLellan
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
I'm definitely excited for all the possibilities that await and hope you are too!
Thoughts and ideas about the things that move me most. Passions, desires, favorites.