A Movie?

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Happy Wednesday! So… I have something to share with you. I worked on a movie last weekend! Specifically, I choreographed a dance for an independent western film.

Not quite a surprise – I lowkey revealed this tidbit on Twitter and my personal facebook, but I didn’t make a big deal about it. Even though it IS a big deal to me. 🙂

Let’s take it back.

Last fall, I received a call from my friend’s father, who writes screenplays. He asked if I was interested in choreographing a dance for the movie, and after we talked about the project, I said yes.

It didn’t really hit me that this was going to happen until February, when the emails starting to arrive in my inbox and I had to secure dancers to perform. Here we go!

I was able to come up with simple but effective movements for this barn dance. I was nervous. Yes, I was. I didn’t know if what I created would work. Would it look decent on film? But God is good, and everyone liked what I brought to the table. Plus, there was a band that played the song live and it took my stuff up a huge notch! Here is the song.

We rehearsed two days and last Saturday, we filmed.

No, I was not in it. Thankfully, I was able to find six awesome people to bring my choreography to life. I’m very grateful that they took the time to practice and spend a Saturday on a set, ready to start moving whenever the director asked.

It was amazing to experience all of this. Meeting new people, seeing the space transform into a set. Watching the production staff do their thing. I just stood or sat around, waiting for our cues. The dancers did a great job.

Not sure when Bill Tilghman & The Outlaws will be released, but when it does, I’ll tell you more about it!

You know, it reminds me once again that it’s all about the connections and friendships you make. I wasn’t putting myself out there to be a movie choreographer, but hey, someone thought of me, and that led to a great opportunity. Favor! 🙂  So don’t lose heart…keep hustling, keep doing what you’re doing. You never know where your gifts and talents will take you.

But for now, here’s a little video aka first YouTube clip! I realize I didn’t film enough but oh well. It’s a little glimpse into the process.

I would have never thought this would happen, but I am very grateful for the opportunity. Who knows what will happen next?


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