Last night I went to the first meeting of an independent film group. A lot of you probably know that I want to make films. It's right up there with writing novels and owning an original print of the Amazing Fantasy #15.

The meeting was interesting. The organizer is a lot like me - owns a lot of equipment, works in production, and wants to be a film maker. But he had us doing these roleplaying exercises when I got there. I politely declined.

Don't ask me why, but when it comes to that kind of thing I clam up. I'm a ham, everyone knows it, but roleplaying about being a disgruntled customer in a used car lot while standing in the middle of a very public and very busy restaurant isn't exactly on my short list of things I enjoy. I mean, if I'm going to act I can do it. If I'm going to play a part on screen or on stage, it's no problem. But there's something inherently different about that. I've never liked roleplaying.

Maybe I'm just a stick in the mud.

Hey, I don't like to spontaneously sing in front of people either (my good friend Vic Mignogna is pretty good at belting out a tune in public places), but the first time I did Karaoke I was hooked. It's the stage, man. Getting on stage means people are looking at you and expecting you to perform. So maybe that's all it is.

Anyway, the group seems like it might work out. This is a chance for me to make one of my dreams come true. Unlike writing a novel, which I've done twice now, this dream required other people to participate. So I've been frustrated for YEARS about it! Now, though, I think I may be meeting the right people to get this done.

If anyone reading this wants to be involved, let me know. My feeling is that we can't have too many people if everyone is dedicated and willing to work. It's these last two that make it tough to find anyone. People are willing to work only if they can see what's in it for them. Even I am like that. If it weren't for the fact that I actually WANT to make films, I wouldn't bother being a part of this group. They are aligned with my goals, so I'll throw in free work and resources. But some people can't think that way. It's about money and profit.

Sadly, there may never be a profit in this. But there is the glory. The satisfaction of having actually done something that can have an impact on the world. It's a start. Where we go from here is up to each of us.

I'm just excited about the prospect!


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Kevin Tumlinson is the author of numerous novels, novellas, and non-fiction books, and the host of the Wordslinger Podcast. Try three of his best books for free when you download his starter library at kevintumlinson.com/starterlibrary.
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