Let’s Say Grace

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Grace. This has been a real hard topic to tackle in regards to my industry. It’s not that I don’t think that grace exists, it does. But with all the pressure we are put under to get through production, to do great work, to please the fans, it’s not always easy to do it with grace.

Luckily, I’ve seen it. I just saw it last night as Anyone But Me’s star Rachael Hip-Flores took the stage after winning a Streamy Award for Best Actress. Yes, I’m biased, but I have the advantage of actually knowing Rachael and knowing how well she deals with not only her biggest moment of her very young career but the grace that she shows in her approach to her work. It’s easy in this business to lose your way, lose your head and treat people badly, but I’m lucky to be surrounded by some folks that don’t have that problem.

Now I realize that this blog may not be terribly informative, it’s just me talking about Anyone But Me, but there are many definitions of grace- from elegance in form, to kindness, a reprieve, even the one I found last night to be very handy, a short prayer for a certain actress to win a certain award. And today if I was sitting around the table having dinner with my Anyone But Me family, I would say grace and give a little thanks for ABM’s current success.

About The Author

TINA CESA WARD is a writer and director for film and new media. Her short film In Their Absence has screened in over a dozen festivals around the world and was awarded five times both domestically and abroad. And was named one of the best short films of the decade by Festival de cortos MíraLes in 2011. For three seasons Tina was the Executive Producer/Writer/Director of one of the most beloved independent scripted dramas on the web, Anyone But Me. Anyone But Me has reached over 35 million views and has brought home several industry awards highlighted by Tina (along with Susan Miller) winning the first ever Writers Guild Award for Original New Media. Nomination highlights include Webby nominations and Streamy Award nominations. And in 2012 Tina (along with Susan Miller) took home the International Academy of Web TV award for writing in a drama. Tina has been nominated several times for her directing, and in 2013 won the International Academy of Web TV Award for Best Directing in a Drama. In 2010 Tina directed the successful branded web series Bestsellers. In 2011 Tina debuted the critically acclaimed Good People in Love, which DIGIDAY calls “...a new milestone for online video series.” Tina hard at work on her new series Producing Juliet which made its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival’s WebFest and is now currently in release. Tina is also the creator and writer of the comic book series Guards of Dagmar, which is published digitally through Comixology.

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