This week's guest blog comes from Krystle N. Adams, an up and coming film maker. Take it away Krystle!
When I was in High School (Professional Performing Arts School), I had an amazing Humanities teacher named Mr. Wictor. Mr.Wictor was slim with bright red hair and he was incredibly intelligent. Being a chick from Brooklyn, I was very drawn to his knowledge of everything from art to classical music to Shakespeare. I was heavily influenced by him and it was because of him I actually gave opera a chance. However, he gave me a gift: knowledge as well as the ability to articulate it.
I’d say my saddest day at school was when he announced that he would no longer be teaching. It broke my heart. I asked him why he was leaving and he said he was going “to pursue his music career full time”. “WHAT??” I thought “But you’re a teacher!”
So, I’m Krystle- chick born and raised in Brooklyn pursuing my dreams. I’m an actress, writer, singer, dancer, director and choreographer … oh yeah, I’m also a wife and a mom of two beautiful kids- a lot of hats, right? I’ve decided to put these titles under one HUGE hat- Artistic Creator. In order to be an artist you have to create. In order to create, you have to imagine. Logic has no place in imagination.
I was in an acting class with Alex Neil one day and she said to me, “Krystle, you should write”. I’ve only been told this one time in my life where it disjointed me. I was about 15 years old and I had written a song and poem for my very great friend who died from saving her siblings in a fire. When her mother read my works she said “Krystle, you should write.” I simply said with the utmost respect “I don’t know if that’s for me. I’m an actress”.
Alex said this to me many times “Krystle, you should write.” “Krystle, did you write?” “Krystle- you’re a Haitien American woman from Brooklyn married to someone from Sonoma. You can write about that!” And yet I still just wanted to act.
After several months of auditioning and not getting work and not loving what I was auditioning for I thought to myself, “Hey Krystle, why don’t you just write roles for yourself?” Harvey Fierstein did it. Emma Thompson did it. Krystle Natalie Adams will do it too.
So I wrote. And I wrote. And I wrote and I couldn’t stop. Short play here, and a short film there, here a play there film everywhere a new idea. The creativity just kept flowing. And the best part of it all was the power in knowing that I can create- even better, create for me.
I learned if you have a great script, everything else will follow. I wrote a short psychological thriller called “Wake Me When It’s Over”- it’s about a man who is convinced his wife is having an affair with an artist (I play Dana, the wife). Initially, this was supposed to be for an actor’s reel but I got too deep and I wanted to create something beautiful that could go farther than just an agent/ casting director’s desk. I shot the trailer- with all volunteer talent- in one day. They liked my story and wanted to help me bring it to life. You can now find my trailer on indiegogo.com since I am in the process of raising funds to shoot my film in its entirety by the middle of November. I believe in my story and I’m audacious enough to know that I will make this film and I will do big things with it. I intend to send it to Sundance, Tribecca, South by South West and many other festivals. After all, if Mr. Wictor could go after his dreams (and still does with seven released albums) why can’t his Brooklyn student do it too?