“If the work doesn’t exist, then create it.”

It’s a common refrain I’ve heard from some of my favorite actresses/filmmakers. Flea Bag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge would never have sealed her Emmy wins or inked an overall deal with Amazon if she had waited for the right project. The world would never have experienced/drowned in/mourned for the enigmatic experience that is watching The OA had it not been for the creators, Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij taking the initiative.

behind the scenes on St. Martha’s, June 2016

Since making my own short pilot come to life with zero budget (look for more announcements about that coming soon), the sentiment of simply waiting on the right project to fall into my lap doesn’t sit well with me anymore. I took a look around business mixers, around dinner tables and listened on social media and realized the talent here in Austin is just waiting for a production company to come in and put them to work.

Invalid Productions exists for two reasons: to tell stories that matter and to put Austin talent to work. As an actress I long for scripts with real characters who suffer from real problems and find real joy in living. I decided to take lose desires and fulfill them as a producer and writer when I wrote St. Martha’s earlier this year. Invalid is my extension of that project into a sustainable business that will exist as a resource for writers, filmmakers and creators who found gold with their story and now need help getting it told.

But what about the blog and all of those things? I definitely don’t see the creation of Invalid Productions as an end to My Invalid Life. The blog portion of the site as well as upcoming vlogs on popular shows will still exist and hopefully still be a resource for those struggling to make their own life despite chronic illness or mental health issues. I’ll also still be posting about Austin, because frankly I love this place too much to stop talking about it.

I’m so thankful for all of you who have been a part of the journey the past two years. I could not have found my place in this world without you. I’m excited to bring you along on this next part of the journey. If you would like to help fund a project, learn more about resources for creating your next project or just want to drop a line, make sure to comment here or contact me at madie@invalid.productions.

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