Of course I was madly interested in her work, and her creative process. So I asked if I could see some of her films. She sort of stared at me blankly for a moment, and then tried to understand why I was interested. Was I involved in the film industry? Did I have a background in editing? She couldn't seem to imagine why I would be interested in her work since we didn't have enough of a relationship to justify polite interest.
I explained that I am always interested in creative projects, and that I just wanted the chance to appreciate her art. (Which I got to do!)
She went and got her laptop, and we got the chance to talk about her work, her education, and where she wants to drive her career after college. It was a delightful conversation, and when I got to see her films, I was TOTALLY blown away!
Her films are light, and sweet, and good, and filled with heroes, and all around wonderful. I hope that you take a few minutes to go and find them on YouTube.
But the thing that blew me away the most was April's relationship with her work, and the way she spoke about her work. She is so proud of what she does and of what she has accomplished. She's excited for and by her team of actors. And when she critiques the weaknesses in her work, she doesn't apologize for existing, for lacking perfection, for trying to be creative in the first place. She acknowledges her flaws, explains how she learned about her mistakes, how she could fix them, and then returns to the idea that she is proud of her work, and delighted to have the chance to do what she does.
It was one of the most amazing attitudes I have ever seen in a woman, talking about her creative passion. What would we all sound like if we talked about our quilts the way that April talked about her films?
Sky's the Limit: https://youtu.be/kyVWTAWiuEA