| October 9, 2005
As I so often have before, I am writing this while riding a
this time, a Regional Train from DC to New York, going back
to the city
after an edit session for a demo tape of a project I am working
Afterwards I had dinner with friends at their home in Bethesda,
night before returning to New York for a lunch meeting.
There is a group of us who get together approximately once
a month. All of
us are independent and work in the media industry. Its
amalgam of talents, including the former head of a home video
former head of a syndication company, former head of business
affairs for a
major cable network, a former William Morris agent?
You get the idea. We all formerly worked in the corporate
world and at one
point or another either left voluntarily or were burped out
[me] and either had to or wanted to find a different entrepreneurial
for ourselves, all of us had been executives and all of us
are now hustling
to make livings as independents.
We get together to share information, ideas, recognizance,
rumors, facts and
fallacies, opportunities, anything we can do to help each
other survive and
succeed in the world of being entrepreneurial in the rapidly
world of 2005.
We fondly call ourselves the Hustlers. Many of us will have
dinner in France at MIPCOM, coming up in a week.
We will discuss my world travels, an article in the New York
about the Internet as an alternative distribution method for
[The man who gave us THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT has a website
strandvenice.com where, for 99 cents per episode you can watch
We will no doubt talk about the newest reorganization at
debate among ourselves whether or not this is another shuffling
deckchairs on the Titanic. And of course, we will talk about
is truth to the rumor that Judith McHale, CEO of Discovery,
will be heading
up, as rumored, the Presidential campaign of her good friend,
Clinton, Senator from my now home state of New York.
It will be good to see them all. It will be grounding in
my brief time back
in the states. I was to have finished my international travels
return on Friday from Warsaw. However, one of my other clients
me into service to fill in for an ailing employee at this
years MIPCOM, one
of the great annual gatherings of television executives in
Cannes. So I am
thrusting my passport back into my pocket and head for the
south of France
in another week.
This stateside sojourn, which I had planned to be restful
and productive for
writing my report for Animal Planet International, is being
less so than I
had wanted. Scurrying between DC and NY at least twice in
living up in the country, with friends and business associates
catch up and to get together prior to my leaving for MIPCOM.
Plus, once I am back from there Ill be down in DC for
the following week
for various business meetings and from there to California
and the Southwest
for a relatively extended stay as I will be working on a pilot
Channel has ordered.
I found myself thinking on the train coming down yesterday
that lives pick
up a velocity sometimes and mine has since I started the global
Getting on the road in June seems to have brought about things
keeping me on the road.
Out there, on the road, traveling the byways
of the world has brought back
to me a heightened sense of my existential aloneness, strengthened
now by personal events. Hustling has taken me
to the road, the road has
been evoking the philosopher in me and it now seems likely
will be more on the road than he had planned.