3.07.2013

The Flight of a Sea Dream: Guest Post

Devon is one of the sweetest, long time blog friends I have.
Her writing and the way she portrays her love of life, surfing and healthy living is incredible
Here is a film she made and the story behind it
 Although this film may remind her of rejection, it will surely only put a smile on your face and force you to get into the ocean asap.
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Hi La Mia Vita readers, I'm Devon and my blog is called The Mermaid Chronicles. When Nicole first contacted me about doing a guest post, my mind went straight to a film project I was working on at the time. Over the past few years, I had been collecting footage of my surfing (courtesy of my wonderful husband) and editing it together for a surf film festival going on near our San Diego neighborhood in mid March. I thought "This is great! I'll get to share the film and promote the festival around the blogging community". 

     Fast forward to two weeks later and I get an email from the VP of the festival explaining that my film wasn't selected. It said there were many films submitted, they wanted to include international artists, yada, yada. It didn't matter why, all I could feel was that they didn't pick my film. They didn't pick me. The words came like stiff little jabs. I felt like someone kicked me in the heart or that terrible feeling you get when you get a bad grade. I stared at the email for probably two minutes before I burst into tears. That night the sadness even crept into my dreams and I awoke on a cold February morning at 4 a.m. Even the heater that usually hums me back to sleep couldn't hush my thoughts. I snuck out to our living room so I wouldn't wake my sleeping husband and did the one thing I knew would help me cope with the letdown. I got out my journal and wrote and wrote and wrote some more. With a dull pencil, under a warm light I began to explain to myself why I was so upset and how, despite this disappointment, I wasn't going to give up. 

     You see, my blog not only covers my surfing exploits, it documents the journey I have taken after quitting my job about a year and a half ago to become a professional surfer and freelance writer. I have experienced some amazing things since I chose this path, but there have also been bumps in the road like the one I was currently experiencing.

     It seems odd to introduce myself to you by telling you how I've been rejected, but I think it's something we can all relate to.Here's the rest of my story on this rejection and below is the "rejected" film. Nicole has been kind enough to let me share it here with you. And you know what? Support from caring people like her really makes all the difference.

17 comments:

Caroline said...

so many truly beautiful moments and great words in this video! rejection is so hard, but i think we all learn at some time that it's so necessary to make us work even harder, to show us just how badly we want to work towards what we love and want. i know you'll succeed next time!

Devon said...

@Caroline thank you so much! I think you're so right, rejection, however upsetting it is, does strengthen us. Plus, it never hurts to have support of really nice people while you're experiencing it, so thanks! :)

Setarra said...

Great Video Devon! I loved the q&a at the beginning. (I love dolphins too :) It's unfortunate that you received a "standard' rejection email. You would think these festivals would give some REAL feedback on the films that get rejected to encourage the filmmakers who submitted their works to keep on creating. But I'm glad you decided the share the film with us! Keep on doing what you do girl!

Devon said...

@Setarra That's a good point! Some feedback would have been helpful. Thanks for your support, girl. You're awesome!

Allison said...

Devon...this made me happy. Those people are just stupid for not picking your video. I couldn't stop watching it...probably because I was like man she is so awesome! Loved the rawness of it, hearing your voice annnnnd the beautiful footage!

Jocelyn Foster said...

You might think about asking for specific feedback. It might be hard for them to give detailed feedback for each entry, but one would hope that if you reach out they would respect the effort. Keep up the great work!

Devon said...

@Allison yeah! Those stupid heads! ;) thanks, girl. I value your opinion and appreciate the support!

Devon said...

@Jocelyn that's a great idea! Somehow, I never even thought to ask. I definitely would like to know so I can improve.

kaitastrophical said...

Devon, just wanted to say how much I loved your video. It's so inspiring! I think my favourite part was the bit at the end about the birds... although the whole thing is fantastic.

Nicole, thanks for having Devon guest post so we could see this beautiful video!

Deirdre said...

There is so much I want to say- but firstly, I am so moved. Whether or not you got to share it at the festival, you've still touched people's lives, mine included.

There's a shot of you in a wave and you smile- there's that freedom again- the embodiment of the ocean, the birds, and you- who is going out on a limb with your job, putting yourself out there and in the water, again and again, and flying toward your dream. Trust that if you follow that heart song, you'll end up just where you want to be, unless you're already there.

Kari said...

Devon, this video is awesome! I can't imagine all the time and effort you had to put into it, but the end product is something you should be really proud of. It took guts to put yourself on the line like that. And you have this stunning outcome to show for it. What do film festival people know? I loved it--1st place:)

Christine said...

Devon! Your film is amazing. It's truly beautiful and I love how you've put it together (especially the q&a at the beginning). I'm really glad that you are sharing it and sharing some more of your story because it's an important lesson. I think that how we react and respond to the bumps in the road are probably the most important experiences in our lives - more than just the wins and accomplishments. And also because it made me really happy just to watch your film.

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Bravo, Devon! I love this.

Maggy said...

Film festivals...what do THEY know. Psh. I wish I was cool enough to even have a REASON to make a movie about myself. You should be stoked and proud of yourself. Besides, no one said this is the final edit. Your life is just getting started and so's the movie :)

Lisamarie said...

The video is amzazing. I love seeing Devon do anything... she is so beautiful and inspiring all of time. Truly a little little gem in the blog and surfing world.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I'll have to watch the vid later b/c work internet is slow for vid. Nevertheless, glad you found a constructive way to cope with the rejection. And reading your blog, I think you are taking steps to move on :).

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