Have you ever been in a room full of people listening to a speaker or presenter and it feels like they are speaking directly to you? It feels like there is no one else around but you and that person and they are saying everything that you needed to hear and that you are right where you are supposed to be?!? Over the past few days, Ryan and I have had many moments where we felt exactly that!
Leading up to the Sundance Film Festival and Alt Summit (a conference for bloggers & creatives) we weren’t exactly sure what we were getting ourselves into! Haha. These were both new experiences and we just weren’t sure what to expect. When we arrived to Park City for Sundance, we had no plans. We did not have any tickets or anything. We had no idea what we were doing! ;) And of course, for us who typically plan things out a bit more, that led to some nerves and even a bit of anxiousness! When we finally figured out the parking and shuttle situation, we started to feel a little bit better. When we realized that it was ok to just enjoy the experience wherever it led us, that is when the nerves really went away and we gave ourselves permission to have some fun! ;)
After walking up and down Main Street in Park City (which is such a cute little town!!!), passing actors followed by their entourage and a line full of people running after asking for their autograph as they walked, we just stood there in awe (while also searching google on our phones to try to figure out who the celebrity was that we were just 2 feet from! ;) haha. I am so bad with facial recognition, especially of people I see in movies!… Ryan is much better at that and figured out the one person we saw was Kurt Russell.)
We eventually found ourselves in the Filmmaker’s Lodge for a free Panel. (It was pretty awesome actually. We weren’t sure if there was really going to be anything that we could do for Free or without passes and pretty much all of the educational panels and discussions were completely open to the public for FREE! AMAZING!)
We were sitting in the room full of people, likely sitting next to actors, directors, and producers of some of the most powerful movies created this year. The panel was certainly full of incredibly talented individuals who were at the top of their game (Co-founder of Sony Picture Classics, Founder of Fox Searchlight, etc.) And the topic of the panel was failure. Wide-eyed and all ears, we felt like we were the only people in the room. Here were these incredibly successful people, who from the outside we would assume have it all, and they were spilling their hearts about their insecurities and their failures they have had along the way.
Effie T. Brown, the producer of Dear White People, a movie showing at the Festival said she was a little terrified about what was happening at Sundance. Her movie was showing and the next steps were completely unknown. Of course it is an incredible honor to have your film shown at Sundance, but it was clear it is hard to focus on that success when the distribution of the film and so much was left still to be decided. It was crazy. Her film was being shown at SUNDANCE!!! But how true is that?!? How often do we go, go, go and not take the time to celebrate the victories along the way?!?
The life advice that we took away from just being in that room for a little over an hour was incredible. We were exactly where we needed to be at that moment and earlier that day we had no idea where we were suppose to be. We had no plans, but as soon as we were able to let go of the idea of plans, we found ourselves exactly where we needed to be.
We have started the AMAZING Life Together Road Trip… kicking it off with Sundance was probably the most inspiring thing we could have ever done!!! We are more fired up with passion than ever before to share stories in a powerful way! We have realized, especially over the past few days, by putting ourselves in crazy situations where we have no idea what we are doing, we have so much potential to grow… growing together as a couple, as individuals, as dreamers, as artists, as entrepreneurs… you name it.