June 2014: Comfort Zone ONLINE
Here's the mini Comfort Zone I promised, with two articles on...
First, Some Announcements plus Explanations of the Two Emails I Sent You:
Following up on two recent emails to you:
Email 1: For Psychotherapists, and also Medical Professionals and Coaches
The first email was for psychotherapists, an opportunity to be listed on hsperson.com as HSP-knowledgeable, so that HSPs coming to the website looking for a therapist in their area can find one. Being listed involves reading Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person or watching the DVD on the same subject, and taking a test while you read or watch. The store now sells the DVD and the test for either the book or the DVD.
IMPORTANT: I have decided to include certified coaches and government-licensed medical providers (MDs, DDs, chiropractors, RNs in private practice, etc.) on the website under Resources (not at the same location as psychotherapists) if they follow the same process of reading the book or watching the DVD and taking the test.
Email 2: Documentary about HSPs
The second email was about a PBS-quality documentary about HSPs that a team of us hopes to make. We asked for some seed money, $12,500, to make what's called a "sizzle," to introduce the proposed film to those who might help us meet the $100,000 budget.
The response was very positive and generous, so it seems that this first short film can be made (footage and interviews from this short will be included in the long format). We will see from there if we can raise the rest through cloudsourcing, probably Kickstarter, and other interested parties to whom we can show that film. Since we are on our way, I will tell you a bit more about those who are involved.
Will and Diana Harper will produce the film itself. Diana also knows marketing and other details of film making. Will is behind the camera, and he and I will be mainly responsible for the script. In every aspect, however, I will have the final word and responsibility. Gulp. I am sure there will be things we do that not everyone will like, but I promise we will all be doing our best for the sake of all HSPs.
Will and Diana - their business name is Global Touch Group - have made Emmy-award winning films and worked for Oprah and Clint Eastwood, both of whom do not allow a person near them until they have had them well researched. Still, in case you worry about these things as much as I do, there will be plenty of proper legal documents along the way.
How did this all happen? Will and Diana happen to be my neighbors, so we got to talking. Turns out that Will is an HSP and did not know it - one of those high sensation seeking, highly sensitive guys in media. But he cries as easily as I do. (We are still deciding about whether Diana is an HSP!) Their business is film making with an emphasis in storytelling, and they are especially eager to make this film because of the importance of the subject. I am sure I would never have otherwise thought of making a documentary on HSPs, and certainly I would not have approached any movie makers - certainly not amateurs, but also certainly not big film producers either. Will and Diana feel like "just the right size" of a professional film company to be interested, willing, and cooperative rather than taking over. So it seems fated.
Everyone except me will draw a salary. Hence the $100,000 budget, which is by no means a big budget for a quality documentary. Shari, Lisa, Will, and Diana could not take the time to do it otherwise. The plan is to have it be HD Network Television quality, with professional actors for some parts. Will and Diana have made PBS-quality films before and successfully marketed one to PBS stations (there are over 300 and each has to be approached separately). While public television seems like a good place for reaching HSPs and for helping non-HSPs understand the HSPs all around them, there will be other venues, including cable channels, networks, academic institutions, and of course film festivals.
You will hear more from me about the film as we move along. Much of it, we realize, is about building trust within our team. (They claim they are foot soldiers and I am the general, but that's pretty scary!) But as you follow along, all of you who wish to read the updates are on this team too (not too many suggestions please, as there are a lot of you with great ideas, but "too many cooks...").
My first email about the film was mostly about raising the seed money for the project. This has been the next step - giving you more background.
The step after this is perhaps most exciting for me. Before the short film can be made, Will and I will have to plan out the big one, especially some of the interviews that will inform Will of what we have to work with. My plan is that every idea will go on a Post-It, we'll put them all up, and we'll see what we have. What an adventure, and I will keep you informed along the way.
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