Back to the drawing board

This is what we’ve got, actually I’ll rephrase that -this is what I’ve got – completed scripts, enough to begin shooting; two new enthusiastic believers in Meredith and Evan Fishkin, through them a website (to be constructed), plenty of artwork and merchandising concepts, a social media presence in the form of a facebook page with 160 fans/likers/ whatever they’re called now ( a million thank yous to them), an SEO expert to help us expand the awareness of the project, a wonderful The Bloke Show Theme by Tyrone Noonan, and enough dreams and belief to keep it going.

What I dont have now is the original team that got TBS thus far – Harold Perry became bogged down with work and the sort of role I had him playing didn’t align with the sort of things he had an interest in doing outside of work, fair enough..don’t blame him one bit. Makayla’s story you know from a previous post and my co-writer BJ Kalms is suffering from a loss of faith primarily within himself but also in the project.

What happened?

Well its my fault. Its a recurring problem I have, I want people to be happy and fulfill their own desires even if that comes at the cost of the project – its called poor leadership. Its not something I’ve always done, actually its a problem I’ve cultivated in the past two or three years and on one occasion before that. One dilemma is how to maintain enthusiasm and excitement for the project while at the same time respecting each individuals personal needs. What I’ve failed to do is set boundaries. The project must come first, at least for the core group. Waiting for Makayla to finish her previously committed to production was fatal, perhaps had I known when I agreed to Makayla being the Production Manager that she had to finish an uncompleted project I may not have agreed to her becoming TBS Production Manager, but I can’t say for certain.

This type of project demands a dogged persistence and drive, fuelled by belief and the certainty that at the end of the day a fresh, new and above all, funny production, will be born. But it needs more than one committed soul- so its back to the search for me.

I will be meeting with Meredith and Evan Fishkin on Saturday and Meredith assures me they have lots of great ideas, which I fully believe, so here we go again

Im also reconsidering the entire premise of the show, really to provide the background of the characters and to flesh out a more defined approach for new writers – if there are any. I invited a couple of friends to do some writing for the show -if they wanted to, and like the brief I gave to Tyrone for the theme song I left things intentionally open-ended effectively giving them the freedom to write anything they wanted. No takers. Perhaps some writers prefer clearer definitions of character and a precise premise? So Im setting about doing that too. I will post the results.

About Simon

Simon Houghton creator of The Bloke Show started life as a baby, going on to become a boy and then a man, at which time he became an actor. As time passed he went on to be a director, later still he became a sales guy, then a business owner. Most recently he regressed and became a writer. Then a driver, then an actor again. Decisiveness is not one of his strong suits.
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