Bringing It To Fruition

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If Spring is the promise of life to come, then Summer is the season of bringing it to fruition.

There are two things I pretty much know will happen this Summer. By mid-Summer, we’ll be winding down Season 2 of “Bored To Death,” and by end of Summer I’ll be doing prep for Season 3 of “Nurse Jackie.” Chris and I (along with our golden, Jezebel) have already started taking weekends out on Fire Island, but by August, I hope to spend some solid weeks out there. And I plan to write.

I’ve had a pet project pounding away at the back of my soul for the past several years. I optioned a timely fantasy book property, and now it’s time for me to push ahead and develop it. But in order to do that, I first have to develop my “self.”

A Showrunner is the person (or persons, in the case of “Nurse Jackie”) who maintains the creative vision of a series. The Showrunner is the eye of the creative storm. To become a Showrunner, a Studio must believe in a person enough to commit millions of dollars to their ideas. To continue as Showrunner, they must captivate the imaginations of millions of viewers.

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented Showrunners in the business. It’s awesome to witness them in action, and overwhelming to contemplate being in their position. I know how to help Showrunners achieve their own creative goals. Now I need to help myself do the same.

As writing this blog has already taught me, if you write with the knowledge that someone is likely to read it, the whole process becomes more real. Writing this blog has warmed me up, reminded me how much I love to write, and it’s provided a weekly deadline that insists I continue to draw my thoughts and ideas into a form that I can share with others.

So, with the intention of bringing my own dreams to fruition, I write the following:

For my summer I not only wish to inspire creativity for those around me, I desire to nurture it within myself. For my own project to become a reality, I must trust the ideas inside me, and commit to writing them out so that I can inspire that trust in others.

The author of the property I optioned has long supported my vision for translating her books into a series. The other day she sent me the pages of a collection of short stories inspired by the rich world she’s created. She’s asked me to write an introduction for the book. In short, she’s making me a part of the very property I’ve become so passionate about. The deadline? August.

Yes. It’s time to put together what I’ve been learning, and apply it to what I’ve been dreaming about. It’s time to write, and This Summer is the time to do it!

About The Author

I was raised in the Des Moines, Iowa, and had the good fortune to come out during my early days at Stanford University, which meant that I came of age in the San Francisco Bay Area, circa 1978! (That deserves two - !! ) I was thrilled to finally understand that piece of myself, and found many inspiring members within the gay community that helped me feel great about who I was. After college I moved out to New York to pursue a career as an actor. My 20's were fairly eventful (it was the 80's in New York, mind you) but by the end of that period in my life, I was looking for a more satisfying way to work and live. When my agent and manager both started moving clients to LA, I went, happily. Eventually I found my way into Renaissance Pictures, the production company run by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, where I worked on "Hercules" and "Xena." After several very cool years with them, I headed back to New York, motivated by a possible position on a gay cable network (that never happened) and a new love (that most definitely did!). 13 years later I find myself happily married to my husband Chris, working on two cool shows ("Nurse Jackie" and "Bored To Death"), and living in Chelsea with our golden retriever Jezebel. During the summer we're lucky enough to balance our time between the Pines on Fire Island, and Ptown on Cape Cod. During those visits, Jezebel loves nothing more than to jump the waves after a ball, or chase seagulls along the beach. She's a good role model on how best to enjoy the simple pleasures, and as easy a child to raise and love as ever there was! (She is a golden, after all!) You can reach Brad at carpenterbrad@me.com.

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