If you are looking to find a cool new shared workspace, I couldn’t recommend a better spot than Cross Campus. I joined the one in Santa Monica a few months back, and am extremely glad I did. For either a small daily rate, or a reasonable office rental fee, you get access to a really comfortable and attractive office space, and lots of friendly but work-focused fellow members. They also have a food area with coffee, beer, and other snacks and drinks available, printers, other amenities, conference room space availability, and all the time you need. The one in Santa Monica where I go is open 24/7 as are the other locations. So if you get some ideas at 3 am you can zip on over to work things out! They have locations all over Southern California and even one in Scottsdale, Arizona.
They also have very friendly staff members, beautiful surroundings, and a very cool but focused vibe to help you do your best work. They have offices all over, and once you join one, you can also use any other location. Here’s a photo of the Santa Monica location. If you should see me there at 6 am slogging out a final draft, stop by and say aloha!
They charge a small initiation fee (which they waived for me just for asking), and a monthly rate of $75/month for use for 2 days. After that you pay for additional days at very reasonable rates. There are other various membership plans all outlined on their website crosscamp.us.
They also have a lot of workshops, events, get togethers, and opportunities to meet other likeminded, hard-working folks. They also have meditation rooms, beer on tap, cold brew coffee, and lots of fun events to break the ice with other members.
The membership allows you to use any other location; and you will find their offices beautifully designed with comfortable amenities and great high-speed WiFi.
I have found it a great place to really dig in and get some focused work done, away from the distractions of a home office or public WiFi spot. The energy there is upbeat, positive, but very serious on succeeding in whatever endeavor you may wish to pursue. I like that very much, especially when it’s 3 am and I’m under the gun of a tight deadline. For more information and rates, visit crosscamp.us. Tell them Joy sent you!
Just some quick comments on various things from recent months. While I was up in Seattle over the summer, I very much enjoyed the spectacular Museum of Pop Culture, pictured above. So many delicious things to enjoy, including an entire store filled with all kinds of T shirts and memorabilia from your favorite rock and pop bands. Take a few hours or a day to enjoy this wonderful museum if you're ever in the beautiful downtown Seattle area. Website mopop.org.
Next, while I was in Seattle near the Space Needle there was a wonderful artist Susan Roberts who did my portrait. She's very talented, super friendly, and her unique creations make wonderful gifts. She can draw a portrait from a photograph even if you're not there in person. These would make a wonderful, unique Christmas or Birthday gift for someone special, or even treat yourself! Her website is www.susanrobertsartist.com.
Also, recently I happened to screen a wonderful French film which is light, diverting and most amusing called A Faithful Man. It was playing in theaters and is now available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, etc. Also stars Lily-Rose Depp, a beautiful, natural actress who is most fetching.
Lastly, be sure to keep an eye on my personal Twitter page twitter.com/joy_bennett for quick reviews, recommendations, and comments about life in general. I often put something on there when I see or experience something great but don't have time to do a full blog review.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be covering the huge American Film Market conference from November 6th to 13th in Santa Monica, CA. This event is best described by their website, below:
"The American Film Market is the most efficient film acquisition, development and networking event in the world. Unlike a festival, AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. More than US$1 billion in deals are sealed every year — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production.
Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 countries converge in Santa Monica every November. They include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry."
Today they just released their list of speakers for the conference, including executives from Disney, Neon, Wattpad, Picturestart, Intel, United Talent Agency, Cornerstone Films, Cold Iron PIctures, Paramount -- the list goes on and on. I'm going to have to clone myself so I can be three places at once!
I will be reporting here often about the conference and trying hard not to get lost in the shuffle. It's huge, it's important, and it's sure to be a very exciting week.
For more information about AFM, visit americanfilmmarket.com. Can't wait!
I invite you to experience the superlative tastes and atmosphere at one of the most delightful restaurants I’ve been to in some time. Heroic Deli and Wine Bar is a relatively new spot in Santa Monica, California. Owners Carlo and Jeffrey warmly welcome you into their world, with impeccably constructed dishes, scrumptious homemade potato chips, and a large, impressive selection of wines and side dishes. Don’t let the deli name fool you. While it may be an elegantly casual spot, don’t let its unique and straightforward menu confuse you. This is chef driven cuisine of the highest order. Their website: heroicdeli.com; more photos here: flicker.com/joybennett.
Great news! COLCOA, the exceptional French Film Festival, is continuing on for an extra day today. You can see the updated schedule here: https://colcoa.org.
Last night I was happy to enjoy Cyrano my Love, by Writer/Director Alexis Michalik, pictured above. This outstanding, fast-paced romp of a film is based on the origins of Cryano de Bergerac, and is just a delightful, heart-felt cinematic treat. Mr. Michalik, a multi-talented actor/director and writer, based his film on the play he also wrote. His play is currently enjoying a long, successful theatrical run in France. Cyrano my Love will be released this Fall in the United States, and has my highest recommendation.