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  • This morning I drove down to Ealing Studios to the production office of friend and mentor Chris Jones so he could record a podcast with me about Producing 'Clowning Around' for his blog.

    It's funny really because the first time I met Chris was when I went with a friend to record a podcast with him where he was the guest for our podcast, and speaking about his own filmmaking experiences and authoring the famous Guerilla Film Makers Handbook series. I was struck by the passion he had for his work, he has a lot of heart, both for his own projects and those of other filmmakers, and largely because of that I kept in touch with him and over the years we became friendly and connected through various projects.

    Being in that same studio today, listening to Chris talk about his newest film took me right back to that day, years ago when we met. It's strange how sometimes you just have an incidental meeting that later affects your life completely and then repeats itself as if the Universe is saying to you "You see, this is how I led you to where you are meant to be."

    Chris has been a source of great strength to me, particularly over the last couple of years when times were hard and my mother was dying and I fell apart and lost interest in living. He understood, he got me out to Ealing to do one of his courses on film marketing right at the point when I thought any career in the arts was over for me, and kept me coming to events and keeping the faith, encouraging me to keep investing in my film projects. And now when it's paying off, he's still here, taking an interest, being a kind person. Supporting tirelessly, just because he can.

    There are in the world few people willing to give of themselves for no personal gain, but just to be nice and because they have something to give. I believe that's a shame, that what we put out comes back to us tenfold and enriches our lives as much as it enriches others. I hope for Chris that I'm right because in a world full of people who quite often pass the buck or blinker themselves from reaching out to people unless there's some gain for themselves, it's rare to find a true friend when you're in need.

    If you ever do. You'll want to thank them. Fortunately Cowbird gives me a space to do just that!
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