WARNING: May contain fiery redheaded opinions....

The life and times of a soon-to-be well known actress.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

“Too busy?”

Flipping through the pages of the in-flight magazine on the last leg of the long journey carrying me to paradise, I came across the most succinct editorial I have read in… oh, maybe… ever!

Having just days prior rung in 2007 and pondering what resolutions and goals I should undertake this year; I made a split second decision to throw my own “too busy” caution to the wind and take – you guessed it – a vacation! What the hell was I thinking? I don’t have time for “me time” – I have too much to do, just look at these lists: calendars with steadfast appointments penned-in until July, a to-do list of two solid sheets of legal paper, a missed call cue several days deep and 15 messages waiting for me in my voicemail.

To my dearest of friends, those of you that have willingly ridden the Sarah-coaster for these past two years, I admit I am certainly guilty of this “too busy” trespass and equally disgusted by my own overuse. I vow to you to 86 this lame excuse – life is “too busy” slipping away…

Here’s the article:

I Got Yer “Busy” Right HereJim Shahin

I had planned to wish you a happy new year, but I am just too busy.

And that worries me – not that I am too busy but that I say I am too busy.

Everybody these days says they’re too busy. Have you noticed? If someone doesn’t reply to an e-mail or participate in a school meeting, their excuse is invariably “Sorry, I am just so busy.”

The problem is, as an excuse, it has gotten old. It is the adult version of “the dog ate my homework.”

To beg off doing something like, say, returning a phone call, because you’re too busy is like not brushing your teeth because your gums hurt.

(I have no idea, by the way, if that sentence makes sense. You think you’re busy? I am too busy to check my similes for logic.)

You know what “too busy” is? It’s the new inconsideration. That’s all.

Let me tell you a story about busy.

Years ago, the phone rang in my house. I picked up the receiver. It was Lee Atwater.

Who was Lee Atwater? A really busy guy, that’s who.

Atwater, who died in 1991, was the most famous – and, some argue, the most effective – political strategist who ever lived. Except for maybe, Machiavelli, to whom Atwater was often compared. He didn’t shrink from the comparison; he embraced it. Back in 1988, he was the Svengali behind the first George Bush’s presidential victory. If it had been a sporting event, that campaign would have yielded its own ESPN highlights special – or to detractors, lowlights.
[Some campaign details edited since I know you are too busy to read all this…]

But the point isn’t Atwater’s success. The point is he was a guy who knew busy. He received, he told me, roughly 400 messages a day. That’s not busy, that’s on intimate terms with busy.

He slept four hours a night.

And, he told me, he returned all his calls.

Now, for all I know, he was spinning. Maybe he received only 200 calls a day. Or maybe he returned only half the calls he received. There’s no way to know.

All I do know is that he did get a ton of calls. And he returned one from me – some guy he’d never heard of. He could easily have been “too busy” to call back, but there he was, the most significant political operative of his time, on the phone with me.

So here is what I take from that: If Atwater can do it, anybody can.

The other problem with “I’m busy” is that nobody believes it anymore.

Not accepting falsehood imperils the social order. That’s because the basis for civilized society rests in allowing for acceptable fabrication. People don’t leave dinner parties because they are deadly boring, but because “Whew, look at the time – we have to get up early tomorrow.”

Polite mendacity lubricates the machinery of human interaction. Without it, we are no better than most animals.

So in a bid to help us as a society maintain civility and thus our position near the top of the animal kingdom, I want to help develop a few new, believable excuses.

Here are some ideas:

“Sorry, but you’re just not important enough.”

“I’m too self-absorbed to call you back or help out.”

“I generally figure if you want something done, let somebody else do it.”

Oops, sorry. Those aren’t excuses. Those are the real deals. Let me try this again:

“I wish I could help, but the ISP ate my hard drive.”

"You e-mailed? My BlackBerry has been on the fritz.”

“I was on my way to the meeting, but my Prius had a short.”

I’d have thought of more, but I was just too busy.

Hey, I have an idea. How ‘bout if we all forget that we’re busy? That way, maybe this year we’ll get something done.

Monday, May 29, 2006

These are exciting times………………………

What’s on deck this week: Saturn – Visible Media Group (directed by Paul Skidmore) & The Erika Sadowski Documentary – V Good Films, Ltd UK (directed by Misha Manson-Smith)

Taken from the pages of Between the Lines and Spaces, Saturn is a Christian short film depicting the true story of the “life” of the song Saturn by songwriter Ken Steorts (performed by Skillet). The screenplay, also penned by Between author Barton Green, takes the viewer on a journey from the circumstances surrounding Steorts from the first inspiration for Saturn through the many lives it touched. One of which being a devastated young woman on the brink of suicide; this is the role I get to tackle. The short film is being produced by Visible Media Group, a division of the Visible School (a music and worship arts college in Memphis, TN).

V Good Films, Ltd from London, England with director Misha Manson-Smith is making a documentary film about the recent kidnapping in Dyersburg, TN (wow that is very close to Memphis!) by transvestite live-in babysitter Erika Sadowski (picture). There is much confusion surrounding the events of the night of the kidnapping; the documentary will look at the case from various points of view. Sarah Smith (aka Sarah Garner), the mother of the two kidnapped girls, is the role I will be re-enacting.

Friday, May 19, 2006

As an actor, being willing to take big risks makes for a powerful scene. But what about taking a big risk with your appearance?.........

The director (Kyle M. Lake) of the new feature film (FOREVER YESTERDAY), in which I have been cast as one of the leads, has always imagined my character as a dark, sultry brunette. So what’s a redhead to do? (Well most redhead’s fiery nature would get them canned from the project – but I love this script so I made the choice to go with a temporary hair color….)

About the production: I’ve heard it coined a “tragic love story”, a “modern day Romeo & Juliet”, and a “vicious tale of revenge”. After reading the script, I call it beautifully sick and twisted. I hate spoilers, so all I will tell you about the feature is that it involves a man who thinks he is God’s gift to women, two women of polar opposites whom he falls in love with, and an eternity in HELL.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen...... Introducing...... Miss Sarah Ewell.......

Well, it has been a long time coming, but yes I have finally started my own blog. After months upon months of answering the daily question of "What are you working on now?..." - I have finally been beaten into submission.