This will be a far longer post then I have done in the past. My editor, Ms. Tharp, will not be happy but I am thankful to have her help. [Editor’s note: I’m always happy to help Wayne!]
The reason why I feel the need to speak out more than usual is easy to explain: After doing numerous tests on Twitter and Facebook, I found that most of my “Engagements” were bots. Yes, bots… In other words, the “people” I thought would be interested in what I had to offer were not, and could not be relied on.
How could I possibly take any action while knowing I had very little — if any — support to help in ether funding the project or spending even $0.99 to watch the film? After all, actors needed to be paid, food needed to be bought, editors must be compensated, and paid-for stock photos were needed…
Needless to say, I was very upset. I thought that the idea of The Great Hemp Tour was a great idea! But now? Maybe it’s up to someone else to do it.
With my film on the Milwaukee Mafia actually getting done (thanks to the support of real people, not bots), I’m starting to realize my passions may be better served on that project (and its related projects). I’ve been considering just ending everything on The Great Hemp Tour. Perhaps I’ll sell the domain name and just continue on with with my mob history projects.
Oh, and if you’d like to watch my first mob documentary, you can view it below:
( See? PROOF that I have the ability to not only finish projects, but do them well!)
And life went on…
I learned how to get projects on Amazon Prime and how the math works to get paid (you do not), and the same with YouTube (you can).
My Films got into a few Film Fests as well!
And life went on.
Looking to do other mob projects for YouTube, I held a casting call in Kenosha last Saturday. I thought I could find a few actors to use on future YouTube shows on the mob; however, little did I know the call would be attended by so few…
Since there were only a couple of us in attendance, I invited the actors to stay and hang out. It was the best thing I could have done!
Among the actors, I found a woman who has written a book (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) on cannabis use and etiquette. She’s currently looking to get back into acting and interested in helping to move cannabis forward.
Another woman, working in aromatherapy and as an herbalist, shared her knowledge on the many uses for cannabis and hemp in herbal settings (wow — what a resource!).
Then we found someone who lives in Madison who was very good at helping others to feel at ease and has the ability to get others to open up and keep talking — the perfect person you would want on camera conducting interviews! She would be key in helping to set up interviews, be it a “(wo)man on the street” sort of thing or talking to State political leaders on the subjects of hemp and cannabis.
Dismiss me as a fool, if you like, but this all seems a little TOO perfect. So the question is:
Is this God giving me a sign to continue The Great Hemp Tour?
How does one know the will of God?
A burning bush would be cool!
A phone call would also be nice (but that’s not going to happen).
I wish I knew for sure, but all of these factors coming together certainly feels like a “sign” to me!
I’ll be doing a lot of thinking on this. As well as looking into steps on how to further explore and gauge interest on social media (I’m so tired of getting played by bots!).
Maybe YOU can give me a sign as well? Reach out to me. Tell me if any of this is of interest to you! You can connect with me on Twitter @GreatHempTour and send me a message.
Is The Great Hemp Tour worth saving? Should I continue with my plans for it?