By Randi Altman
I admit it, I am one of those people who takes the meaning of Thanksgiving for granted. At quick glance, I think Thanksgiving is about turkey, over-eating, family gatherings and a parade featuring ginormous flying cartoon characters, but the real meaning sometimes gets lost in all of that.
This year I made it a point to think about all that I have to be grateful for, and there is a lot, including, of course, my family. In addition to them, I still get giddy about having all my music on my phone and just a click away. My wrists and I are also thankful for my Wacom tablet. It’s amazing. Oh, and Colin Firth. Don’t judge me.
Work-wise, I am very grateful that I got to re-invent myself with postPerspective and how just how wonderful and supportive people have been. I am very lucky to have spent a large chunk of my life in an industry filled with kind, creative, smart and funny people who make writing about them fun.
So with all that in mind I reached out to a few of those pros and asked what they are thankful for. Some got serious, some had fun, some did both. Enjoy…
LA-based Earth advocate and filmmaker Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman, It Might Get Loud), who recently produced and directed the doc A Small Section of the World, says, “I am thankful for the Alexa Amira. I can’t wait to shoot another project with it! I am also thankful for smallholder farmers and all the hard work they do growing and harvesting food for us.”
Marco Solorio, of Bay Area-based OneRiver Media, says, “I’m thankful that for the majority of my life I’ve been able to have a career doing what I love most in the world. If I won the lottery today, I would still make films, write music and create media from start to finish. It’s what I live and breathe for, and the fact that I get paid to do it blows my mind everyday! I honestly don’t know what else I would do, nor do I know what else would make me happier!
Wayne Brejcha, creative director at Chicago’s Calabash Animation “is “grateful that life’s true miracles outshine the frame-by-frame illusions.”
Says Kevin Lau, Timber partner/creative director, “Timber turns one early next year and admittedly we very proud and thrilled at every step and milestone. It’s been an amazing adventure so far and we are thankful for being able to do what we love with cool people — clients who have taken the leap and trusted us to bring their stories to life.”
Alberto Scirocco from Columbus, Ohio’s Leftchannel shares, “This was a great second half of the year, and I’m grateful that the change in the economy is finally affecting our industry. I’m sad that summer is over, but I’m also grateful that the ice bucket challenges are over as well.”
NYC-based Nice Shoes colorist Lenny Mastrandrea says, “I’m thankful for the path of growth and expansion that Nice Shoes has been on. I’ve met so many interesting and talented people as we’ve partnered with companies in Miami, Detroit, Dallas and so on.
“It’s exciting to see my friend and colleague Ron Sudul successfully launch Nice Shoes in Chicago. I’m also thankful that colorist Oscar Oboza joined the Nice Shoes team. Despite the long miles that separate us from of our space at Volt in Minneapolis, his rare mix of talent combined with positive personality makes it seem like there’s no distance between us at all!”
Howard Bowler, president of NYC’s Hobo weighed in with some words of wisdom. “I’m thankful I’m not a turkey, and that we haven’t mixed any turkeys this year.”
Finally, Stephen Berger, editor at Cut+Run, who says it all so beautifully. “I am always grateful that I get to make a living with my creativity, and grateful that I get to meet and collaborate with so many creative people. After a serious health scare several years ago I’m extremely grateful to have my health, faculties and an intact body through which to experience the world; and above all, since all else would be empty without it, eternal gratitude for all of the love in my life.”
Have a happy, safe and thankful Thanksgiving.
Main Photo: Stephen Berger and son.