Okay so here’s the thing, I came to this town with really no idea what I was doing. I have a few friends and contacts, however I had no firm plan.
Two of my best friends asked me “What will be the first thing you do when you arrive LA”?. In which I answered, “Sleep”.
When I finally arrived at the location according to the Airbnb instructions, it was late, I had flown for 20 hours with a two hour transit in Taipei.
I was greeted at my new pad near Beverly Hills by a handsome guy who is a screen writer and musician. A few minutes later I met my flat mate Heather who is a Hollywood actress and stunt woman.
It was at this point, I became light headed, delirious, disoriented and giggly. And then my shadow voices kicked in;
“Go to bed Sharon”
“Think about what to do tomorrow”
“Just like Scarlett O’Hara says, tomorrow is another day”
So here I am one week later. So much has happened in such a short time, it’s been like a whirlwind really, navigating my way around LA with the taxi system Lyft. Connecting with my contacts. Travelling to the majestic Santa Barbara and organising catch up’s and possible leads.
My time in Los Angeles prestigious Riviera was captivating. My dear friend Ingrid was the perfect hostess chauffeuring me around the most exclusive locations and opening up astounding opportunities.
At one point in the day I thought I was actually on the set of a movie.
I feel as though I am making progress. When I am confused and feel a little lost, I pray. My daily ritual continues to calm my soul.
Tonight Heather has invited me to a Premiere in Hollywood. I am now back at my computer, too excited to sleep.
The buzz of being at the Premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, such a dramatic controversial show has left me deep in thought.
I had the honour of meeting distinguished Author, Margaret Atwood, directly after I finish writing this blog I will be downloading this important book.
The American press are calling this series an important timely event as the provocative fantasy tale is all too scary to think about.
Imagine a world where woman’s rights have not only gone backwards in equality, the unthinkable extreme has happened.
Being in LA, it is clear that the political situation and attitudes towards women by the current government is not taken lightly. The Handmaid’s Tale Premiere tonight was frightening, confronting and thought provoking given my passion for equality and justice.
To lighten my mood I was pleasantly surprised when the Lyft driver turned up with a clean car and colgate smile. After a few minutes chatting to him I discovered my new friend is a Producer and Film Maker. I wonder what will transpire in the next 7 days.
Sharon Karyasa © 2017
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