“People first, then money, then things.” – Suze Orman
I never thought I would quote the SNL spoofed personal finance brand-opolous herself, Suze Orman, in my post about the Cannes Film Festival. But, I am.
Nor did I ever think I would post something so personal to a public forum such as FilmClosings. But, again, I am.
On May 12th I was supposed to travel with my colleagues from LAX to Cannes for a whirlwind of meetings, parties, yachts, and more meetings with investors, distributors, and sales folk — discussing packages, structures, schemes, and other investment opportunities. Besides meeting many of you, I would listen and participate in the usual smorgasbord of panels on film finance and the international film industry as a whole.
But, to all those whom I had planned on meeting with…I will not be attending
There is something more important than deal making and that is the people in your life. For me that is the woman who brought me into this world, my mom. She is dying.
And I will be there for her, like she was always there for me.
At her last birthday just a few short weeks ago, I took her out to dinner and she told me how proud she was of me. For me to hear those words meant so much to me. My mom, a woman who was never really a touchy feely person, told me she was proud.
I probably won’t hear those words again, but I believe we need to find it within ourselves to be proud of whatever accomplishments we achieve — just know you gave it your all in something you are passionate about.
I normally wouldn’t say that missing the Marche du Film is something that I would feel okay about, but I am.