"And thus a new me was born!"
After much anticipation and baited breath, "The Ever After" film trailer dropped on the internet this week. I was particularly excited about this as I had the privilege of being involved in this project. A very special project, close to my heart, as I made life long friends because of it. When I first saw the opening moments of the trailer I was overwhelmed with feelings of pride for my dear friends Mark & Teresa who have poured their heart and soul into bringing this baby to life. A fitting analogy seeing as Teresa discovered she was pregnant during filming, so she also happened to bring an actual baby to life simultaneously - What a warrior! (But that's another story. One you can read about HERE and HERE later if you like).
As I continued to watch the trailer I was delightfully surprised to see that, for a short moment, I was in it. I honestly didn't expect to make the cut. It's a funny thing, but actors, generally, are very good at keeping their expectations low. We are so used to facing disappointment and rejection that we armour ourselves with protection mechanisms. Lowering expectations is definitely one of them.
Back to the trailer! It may sound odd but when I flashed up on the screen I barely recognised myself. I was sporting a short hair cut. But it wasn't the short hair that made me unrecognisable, I suddenly remembered in that moment what having that short hair cut meant...
A personal little anecdote for you:
One morning I woke up crying. If I'm honest, I had started my day that way every day for about a month. (And NO!, this is NOT a woe is me, sympathy sucking post I promise!) I was going through a rough patch. One of those unasked for rough patches life dishes out every now and then to teach you some grand lesson. A particular relationship in my life had come to an unexpected and painful end, something no doubt many of you have experienced at some point in your life in all its various forms. As my routine morning tears subsided that day, I looked at myself in the mirror and said "your tears are boring me Gemma! Enough is enough"! I walked out the front door, headed to the nearest hair salon and demanded "The Chop"!
And thus, a new me was born!
But let me assure you, getting the chop wasn't an instant flicking of the "Oh I'm happy again!"switch. It was the beginnings of a long journey to finding myself. The first entry of a brand spanking new diary if you like. I cut my hair and decided to start a little blog called Gemma Peanut Gallery. Then I flew to New York and worked on a film called "The Ever After" with Mark & Teresa. Over those months the tears dried up and the creativity poured out of my soul. I picked up a camera and discovered a new love for photography.
So by now, you may have figured out why this blog post is called "Coming Full Circle: The Ever After". Here I am today writing my 114th post for Gemma Peanut Gallery which averages 30,000 monthly visits and going strong. Mark & Teresa are considered family to me. My hair is now long, I can't remember the last time I cried sad tears and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of "The Ever After".
Talk about coming full circle!
Below I have attached the trailer for you to check out. If it tickles your fancy, show some love by clicking HERE to pre-order the film now!
Happy viewing folks.
Love Peanut x