2 Wonder Women Helping Down the Fence
With only 25 days left before we begin what will probably the biggest and most complicated shoot of the documentary, I wanted to take a minute to thank two wonderful ladies who have stepped up in a big way to help.
Down the Fence Volunteer, Jaclynn Parizek. A while back, we posted an ad for a volunteer graphic designer. The wonderful Jaclynn was one of the first to respond. She's a barrel racer, former rodeo queen, wife, and a mother of two who graduated at the top of her class. She's a heck of a copywriter and graphic designer. We snapped her up right away and have been counting our lucky stars ever since!
I now fully fathom how much work and passion it takes to make a film, and how it takes a team in the truest sense of the word. Jaclynn has become such a big part of our team. She helps with marketing strategy, design concepts, social media, and event planning. We've put a lot of responsibility on her shoulders and she comes through every single time. She's simply irreplaceable! Jaclynn, we are so grateful for your time, effort, talent, and support. Thank you!
Down the Fence Volunteer, Elizabeth Rowland. Elizabeth, who I've known for a few years, stepped up in a huge way this summer.
We're on a limited budget, so every single shoot we go on is a pretty big deal for us financially. We had 3 shoots planned in California and had to find housing for the crew.
We had one house pretty packed, so Elizabeth offered a place for me (MJ) in her home for an extended stay. She wouldn't take a dime of my money and just kept telling me each time I offered, "No! You make this documentary! This is my contribution! Now get back to work!" Ha! And so went my stay in California. I'll miss those warm evenings on her deck talking about the documentary and cow horses til the sun went down.
But that's not all. She's volunteered her time to helping us at our big shoot in Reno. She's going to take vacation time to do it. Elizabeth! YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON, the truest of friends, and a horsewoman through and through. Thank you!