Rebecca Carrigan offers “All I Need”

by: Jnet

For most, the idea of writing a novel is a pretty ambitious goal that would require a lot of dedication and devotion. Now the idea of writing a novel, making the decision to turn it into a trilogy, and immediately turning the first novel into a film is unheard of. I mean really, who in their right mind would do that right? Well, for author and film-maker Rebecca Carrigan it’s just the natural, obvious course of action that combines her labours of love. So I guess when you think about it like that it might not be so far fetched. What is even better then her tackling this ambitious undertaking is that she also found it to be a great opportunity to support and showcase local talent in a way that allows them to grow and develop together and support one another. I picked Rebecca’s mind to find out about the path from book to film and the ups and downs that come with the territory.

VR: What inspired you to write the book? 

Rebecca: I’ve always loved writing but I never showed anyone my stories ever since high school. The first part of this book I wrote when I was 16, that was the story of Nate and Serena. When I moved to Vancouver for Acting school I never loved the scenes or monologues I was given so my teacher suggested that I write my own, so I started looking back on my stories and began to re-create them into scenes. But writing a book was something I never thought or planned on doing in my life. When I started the story back in high school I never would have thought that 8 years later it would have become the first of a trilogy series. Once this story turned into a full novel length it just kept getting better and better and I became obsessed with finishing it. My Grandmother told me I was meant to tell this story and that I better finish it.
VR: Tell me what it was like writing the book. What kind of support did you receive? What road blocks did you face?  
Rebecca: I kept my book a secret until I finished. No one knew I was going to publish a book until I actually did it. But figuring out the process of publishing, editing and getting it out there to be caught by an agency and the world is definitely a long path and you have to keep pushing it and take the hits when they come.
VR: How did you feel when it was finally released?  
Rebecca: It was almost surreal to me. Like I couldn’t believe this was actually happening. I felt proud to have fully committed myself to this story that I loved and I was excited to see if people would fall in love with it as much as I did.
VR: What kind of audience reaction did you receive? How did you develop the fan base for it?  
Rebecca: The first people I released the book to, was my actors. It was the first time anyone read it and it was nerve racking to wait and hear what they thought. They loved it and with their confidence in me we all spread the word. I created a Facebook page, official website and we started postering the city. We even spread ourselves out to the surrounding cities like Toronto, Hamilton and more. I then went to the high schools and started involving the students in the film as my assistants and they spread the word even more. And involving the musicians on the soundtrack we’ve hit a whole new crowd of people as well. Since it’s release in December we’ve sold over 400 books and the responses are great so far!
VR: Why did you decide to turn the book into a movie?  
Rebecca: Acting is my thing and to be able to control a whole movie in my own vision with a story I loved would be an amazing adventure! I’m learning more about the industry then I ever had before and I know I’m still on the right path!
VR: What reactions did you receive when you made that decision? Were people supportive? 
Rebecca: Some people thought it was very far fetched to be doing but I didn’t care; I knew I could do it. So I ignored the comments [and] as the film started growing and more people were involved, people really started seeing where it was going and what it could become. We want to show all the local talent here in Ontario and what we can do as a team if we stick together. Now we’ve proven ourselves and are getting bigger everyday we keep going.
VR: It’s pretty awesome that you decided to go with all local talent. Why did you decide to go that route?  
Rebecca: Going with local talent is something I’m really supportive with. There are so many talented people around us and some or them will never get the chance to show what they can do. So I search really hard for those who have a passion like mine and have something to give. I wanted something new and fresh, something we could grow together with. That goes for my actors, musicians and assistants. For everyone who had a dream of creating and being part of something big. I wanted to do that for them and myself.
VR: So the movie is about halfway through filming. What’s the experience been like?  
Rebecca: It’s going great! Together with my actors we are all learning what it takes to create this film and trilogy series. I’m learning all the right and the wrong ways to work in this industry and I definitely have so much more respect for those who create movies. I never realized how much work goes into making them and the amount of people needed for it!! It’s a full time job indeed!
VR: Do you find that you’re getting more support as the project progresses?  
Rebecca: Yes, as the movie is getting bigger and more well known, the support is getting easier for sure!
VR: Will the soundtrack be released for purchase?  
Rebecca: The music in our film is definitely great and we do hope to create the Soundtrack for purchase on our website when everything is complete!
VR: What advice do you have for people aspiring to take on an ambitious project like you have?  
Rebecca: For anyone who wants to take on a project like this I definitely suggest you be open to learning along the way. You will also need some help, so support is great whether it’s a bunch of people or just a few friends. If you have a dream and you are willing to work hard for it and stay on the path, you can get there. But know it’s hard and you will hit lots of bumps on the way that could knock your spirits down but you can’t give up. You have to want it bad enough! You have to believe in it because no one else will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.
VR: What message do you wish to leave your fans with?

Rebecca: We all need to take care of each other and support each other. Everyone’s dreams are important and unique to each person so respect that. Good karma comes to those who give it out. The Japanese culture has a saying: “We are all attached by a red string in life” and you never know whom you are meant to meet, or what you are meant to do, so be open to every experience in life. Take it all in and most importantly learn from your experiences. My favourite quote is from The Secret:

“Most of us never allow ourselves to want what we truly want because we can’t see how it’s going to manifest.”

You always have to think things are possible if you are willing to make it happen. These morals are in my book and I hope it makes fans really think about how to live out the rest of their life.

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