I’m super excited to announce that I will be attending MIPCOM 2017 as an actress and producer. That means I will be selling content as well as meeting upcoming producers before they start casting for their next big show! A little bit of an unconventional way to go about finding your next job, but this industry is so competitive I am determined to have the edge.
As a producer, I will be taking a range of productions to pitch to buyers. A few documentaries, some reality TV and a big Aussie drama. I can’t wait to see what this market brings and to hear about all of the current trends in the industry in the conferences held at the exhibition. I will be posting on my social channels during so be sure to keep an eye out there, but I will also put up a post MIPCOM blog here.
This past month I spent a few weeks traveling around America seeing family as well as having some meetings along the way. I started in Sacremento, visited San Francisco then onto LA and San Diego. I met with some incredible locals with the intent of deciding whether the City Of Angels was a place that one Brooke Nichole Lee could call home.
I stayed at the Jeremy in West Hollywood. It is a new hotel just opened up a month ago, I think it may have been called The James previously. Great hotel, very pricey. I did everything touristy that you could do on the first few days including universal, tour of stars homes, Hollywood walk of fame, Santa Monica and Sunset Blvd and much more. One night I found myself at the Comedy Store on Sunset, and it was a night not to be forgotten. Not only was the entertainment extraordinary with the likes of Andy Dick, Dane Cook, Jeremy Piven and more, but the friendly people open to meet an Aussie traveler. I learned a lot about the city and the people who call it home at The Comedy Store, and I began to realize that I could most definitely call this place home.
I visited friends in Malibu, where I figured out there is not a hell of a lot to do there. Sure, there are some insanely beautiful houses and the beach is nice (not as good as Aussie Beaches, although they do get the beautiful sunset on the beach which we do not get in Aus), but I found myself lost for things to do. Not somewhere I could live.
Santa Monica however, very touristy but a lot of fun to visit.
It wasn’t until my last day, I met up with a friend I worked with on Mako Mermaids, Amy Ruffle, in a little coffee shop in Beverly Hills. As a fellow Aussie, she told me all about the magic of living in this city. How hard it is to live because of the price, travel because of the traffic and just generally get around because of how stretched out it is. But she said, despite all of that, the charm of the city is undeniable and intoxicating. She was hooked, and so was I. 3 hours after that coffee I was at the airport boarding my plane and as I looked out the window taking off, I felt like I was leaving home.
I really applaud Screen Queensland for taking the initiative of creating a monthly meet-up with local film producers so they can really keep their ear to the ground! I went with my production company Screen Culture Australia and was able to speak with some of the key representatives about a few upcoming productions we have! Pat on the back for Screen Queensland, what a great idea!
While I was there I was able to snap a photo with this familiar piece…
I often find a lot of the fans of Mako Mermaids are young children and they are very active on social media. I often get messages asking for help or advice regarding bullies or issues at school. Usually, the kids are too far away (overseas) for me to be able to physically help so I do the best I can to talk to them. But this is why the charity organization I Can I Will is so close to my heart.
So when I was asked to MC the event and help grant a wish for one of the children on the night, Claudia, I couldn’t resist! It was such an incredible, eye opening and heart-warming experience. There were many tears and lots of laughter. One huge thing I took away from the night was how easy it is to help out these children and get involved with the charity.
You can find out more about the organization through their website www.icaniwill.org.au
Here is a quick behind the scenes photo from a documentary I did with a production company that I love in Brisbane – Play TV. Now, obviously, I can’t tell you too much about it because it is yet to be released… But once it is I will be sure to share info asap. But for now, here is a quick look.