The year that was and (hopefully) will be

Given this is my last blog for the year I’d planned on making it somewhat reflective by listing some of the highlights of 2014. While I think it’s important to look back at your achievements and the things you’ve done well, it felt way too narcissistic to turn that into a list. So, instead, I decided to make this about some of the goals I’d like to set for 2015.

Before I do, however, there are a couple of 2014 highlights I would like to mention. Recently I discovered Starting From … Now! has been viewed in over 193 countries. There are so many statistics that can be accessed for a web series: number of views per episode, views in the past week/month/year, overall views, age and gender demographics, etc., all of which are important to know and extremely useful. However, this statistic about the number of countries really made an impact. One of the things I feel very strongly about is the need for diversity in representation on screen. I think it’s extremely important for all people to see diversity in the media, but particularly important for those confused about, or struggling with, their sexuality or gender identity. The fact that the series has now been seen in that many countries around the world, makes me feel really good about what we’re doing.

The other highlight I’d like to mention before moving on was a direct result of the article that appeared in the Star Observer. This was a highlight in and of itself but it was what my sister wrote beneath the Facebook post about the article that really hit home. She wrote: “So very proud of my extremely talented and brave sister for following her dream”. We don’t often talk like that in my family so to read that comment in such a public forum really meant a lot.

Okay, that’s enough looking back. Here are some of my goals for 2015. I feel like more will emerge as the year progresses but this is how it stands for now:

-       to not only make Seasons 4 and 5 of Starting From … Now! but to make them even more compelling and visually engaging than past seasons

-       to build on past collaborations and to develop new ones that are fruitful, rewarding, inspiring and energizing

-       to take care of the people in my life, both personally and professionally

-       to try and find a healthy balance between work and life

-       to make sure I let people know how much I value their friendship, love and support

-       to continue developing ideas and stories with the view of making longer form content in the future 

-       to take time to be thankful for having the opportunity to not only do what I love, but to be able to do it with such talented, generous, warm and wonderful people

Thank you to everyone who’s read the blog, watched the series and shown your support throughout 2014 in a myriad of different ways. Stay safe and enjoy a well-earned rest over the holiday break.   

By Julie Kalceff