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Cross It Off the Bucket List

Jocelyn Rish on setWe mentioned earlier that we're excited to be included on IMDb . . . well, I have to take it a step further and confess I’m doing friggin’ cartwheels. 

My fascination with IMDb began many years ago.  Those of you who know me know that I watch more television than is healthy for a sane person.  In fact, my screen name on several forums is BoobTubeJunkie.  One day while watching a show, I saw an actor that was driving me crazy trying to figure out where I’d seen him before.  So I headed to the computer to play google detective, and that’s when I stumbled across IMDb.  You know the sound that happens in movies when an angel appears – that celestial musical 'aaahhh'?  Well, that sound totally echoed through the room that day.  My eyes grew wide, my mouth fell open, and I was captivated. 

Oh, the hours I’ve wasted on IMDb: reading trivia about shows and movies, figuring out where I’ve seen a “hey it’s that guy” actor before, snickering at the bizarre forum posts.  But through it all, in my secret heart of hearts, there was a longing to be included in this amazing Internet Movie Database.  But I knew it would never come to pass – there’s no way a gal from small town South Carolina with hopes of being a novelist would ever have the opportunity to be included.  I’m still astounded by how it happened, but through this wild and wonderful adventure of bringing Saying Goodbye to life, I now have my very own page on IMDb.

I’m so excited about it, I’m even considering paying IMDb’s ridiculously high price to put my picture on my page even though:  1) I’m not an actress, so having my picture on there doesn’t make a lick of sense and 2) There’s no such thing as a cute picture of me (see exhibit A above). 

At the risk of sounding sappy or trite, I do have to say this has been an important lesson for me.  Even if a dream seems silly or completely unattainable, keep doing what you love and it may come true in unexpected ways.