Hello Frocktalkers! So sorry for the long absence. I took a vacation after the end of this last film, and I really enjoyed the R and R. I didn’t realize how much I needed it. So much has happened in the interim, and I am looking forward to getting back on track here at Frocktalk, and to bringing you the latest news from our world!
Part of living a balanced life in the film industry is giving back. Much as Hollywood would like to think it’s possible, we can’t really live in a vacuum for any sustained amount of time without turning into giant @$$holes. Recognizing need in the world and addressing it makes a huge difference – not only to those in need, but to one’s own personal growth. I am here to tell you that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I am asking you to get involved!!!
The statistics are serious – it is estimated that one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer strikes women AND men, and there is often no family history for the disease in those it strikes. It is a helpless feeling to be on the sidelines, and one often wonders what can be done to make a difference? Most Frocktalk readers have lots of cool creative skills, and therefore, there is no end to these opportunities to help.
First opportunity: Walk/Run/Bike and raise money for the cure. And by walk/run/bike, I mean IN COSTUME. I am doing just that next weekend, and will post pictures demonstrating how the costumes themselves can help raise awareness! You can find out about breast cancer events in your area HERE!!
Second opportunity: SHOP PINK! We costume types are (in the pejorative slang) “professional shoppers”, so we can do this like nobody’s business. Look for the pink ribbon emblem on items at the grocery store and drugstore. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s website has a comprehensive list of products for sale that benefit breast cancer research – cool stuff!! Let me also remind you about Bloomingdale’s Pink Boutique – Fabulous! Love you, Bloomies!
Third opportunity: Make hats! You Frocktalkers are crafty little buggers, and I know you can stitch up or knit a hat or two for someone who has lost his/her hair in chemo. Check out Head Huggers to find patterns, and check their LOCAL CHAPTERS list to donate hats and get involved – this is US/Canada/Australia, etc! Chemo patients have different headgear requirements than others with hair. First, their scalps are sensitive to certain fibers, wool in particular, as it is scratchy and sometimes causes allergic reactions. Second, hats for cancer patients should cover the entire head, including the back and lower portion of the head. Many hats commercially available (baseball hats, newsboy hats) only cover the crown. Making hats for cancer patients is a cool, creative, thoughtful way to help those battling cancer, and I hope you can get involved this way!
Thank you for hanging in there with me while I have been off the grid making movies. I look forward to bringing you more reviews and insight from our world, and I thank you in advance for getting involved and raising awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!!