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Writer & Director of ‘Lez Bomb’ on AMAZON PRIME, and the viral short ‘Girl Night Stand’ | |@JennaLaurenzo

Getting back to the awe of inspiration in creating

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2020 was a rough year with ups, downs, and fear and confusion in between. As a filmmaker, I have no idea what the timeline looks like for future projects in development. And as someone who loves working with others, I crave collaboration that creates a playground for new ideas. The playground where the collision of imaginations is a form of alchemy in itself. Magic.

The ‘industry’ has a way of making you feel as though you need it. And sure, in many ways, you do need that one person to say…

I recently taught a class to aspiring filmmakers. It was a wonderful experience that gave me time to think back on Lez Bomb’s journey and the conversations I’ve had this past year in Q&As. From the filmmaking perspective, the 2 repeat questions are:

“How did you get Lez Bomb made?”

“How did you get the cast and team?”

I thought I’d boil down the 3 most useful tools that helped Lez Bomb jump from page to screen.

#1 I spent 6 years trying to attach a director & star. With no money came no luck. Investors wanted to meet the…

Shifting from resolutions to intentions

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New Years Eve has become a ritual. Every year, for the past — close to a decade — I’ve taken the day to create lists. Resolutions. Areas in my life where I want to improve. Goals. A lot of goals. Many of those goals have come to fruition. Many have not. And taking the day to reflect on ways I can improve has always shed light on where there’s potential for growth.

I know I’m into personal development because I’m hit with ads for planners and self-improvement books, podcasts, etc. The advertisement industry is designed…

Taking the spirit of Christmas music into your day-to-day

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The discipline of having a daily spiritual practice, a sadhana, has grounded me over the years. What that sadhana entails, is personal, and held close to my heart. Like a secret. And who doesn’t like to keep a secret, especially with the divine?

For as long as I remember, I’ve had a personal relationship with, let’s just call her — God. When I was little, my prayers looked like sharing with a best friend. I confessed my sins, like not being nice to my brother. And I shared my secrets, which…

Pushing beyond blocks to get to life’s music

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2020 was a brutal year for many. It was scary. It was unpredictable. And in many ways, it’s been lonely. I’m one of those people who needs to lock myself away to write, and then re-emerge and collaborate with others. That collaborating has been at a minimal this year, given the pandemic.

When fall hit, I realized the end of the year was around the corner. I usually reflect on the unraveling of the year once December 1st comes along. And while this year has been, well…2020. …

Don’t miss the opportunity to ask questions and go through the ups and downs on a personal quest

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For me, writing has always served as a means to get closer to the truth. The truth of what? Hard to say. But the process usually starts with a burning question that prompts a quest in search for its answer.

What does the quest look like? Usually it entails rolling out of bed, meditating, making coffee, and then sitting at my desk.

As a screenwriter, it’s important to go on the same journey as the protagonist. The protagonist doesn’t know how the story ends. If they knew, why would they need to go on the journey? Same with the writer…

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I always celebrate Thanksgiving at my childhood home with my parents, my brother and his wife, and extended family. But this year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated remotely, each household having their own celebration and connecting over Zoom, FaceTime, text messages, and maybe seeing each other’s dishes on instagram. A virtual Thanksgiving, for what’s been a virtual heavy year.

Thanksgiving’s always been near and dear to my heart. Obviously. I made a movie about it. Four years ago today, I was taking pictures of my family in my childhood home, which was about to be turned into a ‘location.’ We were…

Food for the body, mind, and soul

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Good food makes my heart sing. This past week, I’ve had the fortune to indulge in a lot of good food across the landscape of Los Angeles.

Food brings people together to converse and indulge in their senses, stimulating creativity and hopefully expanding one’s self beyond the ego — experiencing the journey each dish took to reach the plate. Good food makes me want to sing, to laugh, to explore, to have sex, and take flight. All in all, a well crafted meal fills me with a sense of awe. The same sense…

Choose writing over the distractions keeping you from your work

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“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” — George Sheehan

The New Year offers a fresh start. It’s time for reflection and intention setting. It’s time to look back and reflect on what’s working and what’s not.

When it comes to writing, sometimes I find it difficult to see progress. It often feels like dragging my feet in mud and…

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