Thursday, February 17, 2011

"Don't Tell Me the Sky is the Limit, When There Are Footprints on the Moon"

After another long day in the paradise that is my life, I find myself writing this to all of you. I am reminded constantly about a timeless quote by Maya Angelou that reads, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." It's important to always go above and beyond, because you never know what will change someone's day, week, month, year or... life, for the better. Find it in yourself to smile at a stranger, hold the door for someone in need, tell the one's you love that you love them and stand up for what you believe in because in the end it will be what you didn't do, didn't say, didn't fight for that haunts you. 
As the launch of the official Blissful Lies website is approaching rapidly I am hoping for the greatest of success for it as well as all of its contributors.  Having created a film like this is a constant reminder of what anyone can achieve and I hope you all realize what type of talent lies within you. 
When people realize I have successfully filmed my first independent film, I'm a student, a wife and a mom the first thing they want to know is 'how do you find time for everything.' I love this question because I'm still trying to figure out how I squeeze it all into one day. But like I tell them, and I'm telling you, it doesn't matter what your goal is... I guarantee it will require some work. So weigh what you're working towards against what it will inevitably cost you, and in the end if it seems like it's worth it, it probably is.
Finding that it was possible to achieve my dreams once I set my mind to it, has opened up a whole entire world for me where absolutely anything is possible. My daughter will know what it means to stand up for the weak, fight for the brave, work hard every day and achieve whatever her heart desires. I urge all of you to do the same.
UPDATES: The Blissful Lies website is just days away from launching. STAY TUNED! As always,

xoxo... <3 Jennifer <3

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said 'the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams...' What an amazing woman. This country was founded on failure, debt, impracticality and fear.... but with those negative aspects came success, prosperity and unyielding talent. I have found in my limited experience, if you continue to push and persevere there is no cap on what you can accomplish.  A year ago I was simply a girl who had just lost a grandfather, two great-grandmothers, a dog and a baby all in the span of just a few months and after reaching what I thought was the end of my rope, I surprised myself and a new chapter of my life began....
As we enter the third round of editing for my first film, I am preparing to submit the first draft of 'Blissful Lies' the novel to our publisher, working on pre-production pieces for film number two, preparing to graduate in May, raising my beautiful daughter and enjoying every second of all this chaos. Although at times I can't imagine continuing everything I have going on.... I also will never look back on my life and wish I would have done more, fought harder and lived my dreams.... because I am living my dreams, fighting as hard as I can and doing everything I want..... Please know that it doesn't matter your age, your dream or your passion... if you have a goal, go for it. Believing you're capable and strong enough to achieve anything you set your mind to, is half the battle... the other half is believing you're worth it.

Stay posted for updates on Blissful Lies. As always,

xoxo... <3 Jennifer <3

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game....

Do you have a dream? A goal? A fantasy? Something you've always wanted to do but somehow always managed to find an excuse or a reason not to try? Hello. I'm Jennifer Brown Thomas.... I'm 24 years old, I'm a wife. A daughter. A student. A friend. A writer. A director... and a mother. Last year, after an appalling array of personal tragedies I stopped, stepped back and realized that it wasn't these situations that defined who I was, I defined who I was. At that moment I decided that maybe I could do it all..... So I set out to achieve my goals.
I wrote a screenplay, met and teamed up with producer Carl Jackson, got a budget together and in a few months we had a contract with television icon, Leann Hunley, to play the lead of Addison Hamilton. Funny to think how just a few months prior to a signed contract nothing had seemed to make sense... and now.... now it fell into place like a carefully executed plan. 
On August 27, I met and fell in love with one of the sweetest and most genuine people I now know, Leann. Then, less than a week later we began filming. Together with an incredible cast, an amazing crew and the unyielding support of my family and friends, Blissful Lies was born. An independent film, shot in 16 days. As we enter our third round of editing, I couldn't be more proud of this film. My first screenplay, my first time directing and doing it all with such an abundance of talent is a dream come true.
As the premiering of Blissful Lies nears I have chosen to do film number two..... A suspense and drama engulfed film you'll all be dying to see :-)
So you see.... it doesn't matter what your dreams are, whether it's becoming an astronaut or casting your favorite actress in your first film.... anything is possible. All you have to do is believe... AND "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game......
xoxo...... <3 Jennifer <3