So things have been moving along slowly. It has been difficult factoring time into everything. Because I want to take the time to really focus and make filmmaking my career, I have decided to quit Target....well get myself fired. I can't collect unemployment if I quit, but in any event, I'm done with this. I'm done tellng myself I can push through the anxiety and depression, when the first step I can take to coping is right in front of me. This job at Target is really the thing that has gotten me to this point of feeling hopeless. I hate that store, and I hate working for the people there. The team members I work with are wonderful, but the management makes things unbearable. I have been trying for two years with them to move up in the store so I can preserve my time and my sanity and do the things I love, but I've gotten no where. I'm ready to put all of my time into my projects. I think I have the things that will really make this world listen. We need new voices in this world- the ones that are going to make changes. I didn't fight through abuse for three years to sit around not doing anything, you know. This is my time. I am a black, gay, woman. Right now, that isn't something you would pick to be, if you had a choice. People like me need their stories heard, because it is so important for the world to stop with all of the hate. Life is too short for our world to look this horrible. We have an orange Hitler in office, and no one is doing anything about it! How is he still here?! Why is he given the rights that my ancestors fought to have- the rights that I barely have, now? This needs to end.
Tonea Melvin — New York Film Connection
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