Project Optimism: The Time of My Life

Hello, dear lovers and friends. First of all, thank you for coming back after my long weekend away. I missed you!

Suffice it to say, the last three days were awesome.

Saturday, we filmed the Italian parents in Amanda’s in-laws’ place in Staten Island.

Sunday, we filmed the bocce archive footage and character interviews (did I mention it’s a mockumentary?) in Brooklyn.

Yesterday, we filmed the bocce action scenes, culminating in an intense makeout scene (bocce is a game of passion).

photo from Tom #BocceBallers

photo from Tom #BocceBallers

Things could not have gone better. From day one, the hardest part was just trying not to crack up while we were recording. Our actors are hilarious. Sure, we got off schedule a little, and changed a couple things. But at the end of three days, we got the Bocce Ballers pilot “in the can”, as they say. I think they say that.

Here are the lessons I learned about producing and acting in your own comedy project:

  • Hire a genius director and stay out of his way.
  • Find amazing actors and let them do their thing.
  • When your genius director gives you acting notes, take them.
  • Don’t be afraid of awkward pauses.
  • Bring sunscreen (oops).

It has just been amazing to have something that Amanda and I conceived over green tea (her) and Grolsch (me) one night, just two months ago, become a reality. We are so lucky to have been surrounded by a cast and crew (and husbands) that really “got” this project and wanted to see it succeed.

I can’t fully express in words my gratitude, so now I’m just at the point where I can’t wait for everyone to see it, so the world knows how awesome these people truly are.

Much thanks to everyone and especially my soul mate Amanda.


  1. So, were you a stunt double for the hot and heavy make out scene?

    Hope the hubs wasn’t around to see that!
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  2. YOU’RE LIVING YOUR DREAM!!!!! And when I say someone is living the dream, 99.9% of the time I’m being sarcastic, but you’re for reals. You’re making it happen. And I love it. Can’t wait to see it!!!!!

    And don’t forget the sunscreen. (90s flashback, sorry)
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  3. I’m so proud of you! I can’t wait to see it and laugh my patootie off. I like laughter.


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