Atlanta was a wonderful place to live and work, but one of the reasons we decided to take on this nomadic life was to experience different parts of this country.
I for one had been hoping to end up in NOLA, a city in which I've only had brief but wonderful encounters.
Getting a job in Baton Rouge was not too far off. I'm working with a designer I've known for around 25 years who gave me my first shot at decorating and have had more adventures together than I can recall, well it's been a good turn of fortunes.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
That pithy maxim is becoming our mantra.
It rings truer by the day.
We packed our trailer, as if we would once again land in a condo or sublet. Hotel living brings on a whole new slew of challenges as well as perks.
We landed late Sunday, I was starting my new job in less than half a day. Time to put it into third gear.
But there was a lot to do just to get my feet under me. I feel like I've been playing catch up since I got here. Even though we got pushed a week and I've already logged hundreds of miles and seen lots and lots.
Prius, check; Obama/Biden bumper sticker, check, IATSE shield, check; California plates, no dice.
I love adapting to working outside of my comfort-zone, and when it comes to the film business, that means figuring out how to get it done outside the 30-mile radius that is the Los Angeles film zone.
I've been lucky enough to get paid to travel and explore such places as Mexico, both the old one that's a country as well as the new one that's a state, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina and more.
So getting dropped into the land that once belonged to Napoleon and King Louis is pretty cool.
A LA Prop House
Our assistant art director gave me two local prop houses to check out.
Side Show Props was exactly what I was looking for.
I can't give out any info on the show I'm doing, hush, hush privacy and such, but I can tell you, it's not what you'd find at your typical L.A. prop house.
Actually that's not entirely true. In fact, I would know where to get a goodly amount of what I need in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, or even Mexico. Louisiana, now that's another matter.
That's the fun part, right?
Pics from one of my new favorite prop-houses...
A couple of folks from Los Angeles, well sort of from L.A., but a decorator and lead who worked there long enough for me to have heard of both of them and yet never met either one of them, opened a prophouse.
They started up NOLA Props pretty recently and it looks like and is organized like what we've grown accustomed to in Tinseltown.
Of course, for me that means they didn't have much of what I was after. But it was cool to finally meet them and I certainly appreciated the facilities and the herculean efforts that had gone into it.
I have found several valuable resources. I have also chased after lots of things that sounded good and well, weren't, been to several wrong addresses, businesses that no longer existed, lots of good intentions.....
I work hard.
I play hard.
I tend to not go out on St. Patrick's Day. And in fact, we had a pretty quiet Paddy's day. The day before is another story and another blog.
I've also got more on the LA prop-house scene, Louisiana's farmers' markets, Skye and I are signed up to run a 5k this week-end, actually a Foamfest. It's like a mud-run but with foam, I guess.
A couple of weeks from now we'll be camping down in the bayou at the T-Bois Blues Festival in LA Rose, Louisiana, aka Burning Bayou. Pretty excited about that.
On that note.....Oh the Places You'll Go