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Creative Confidence: 'First Sparks' (and Rachel Bloom!)

May 4, 2021

• Julie Haberstick

Reading headlines from Variety and Deadline, it can feel like successful folks keep getting more successful, while you’re stuck at square one.

Before Rachel Bloom became the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend superstar we know today, she was a college student, in a sketch comedy group, with bad taste in men. And then she “met” Ray Bradbury.

“I was reading The Martian Chronicles, and I was like, ‘This is the kind of guy I need.’ Because I love guys who are smart and high concept and think scientifically, but someone who wouldn’t be ... cruel. So I thought, ‘Oh I need to be with someone like Ray Bradbury.’”

And the concept for the ‘Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury’ music video was born, one of the first steps in Bloom’s sparkling musical comedy career.

Listen — and you already know this — every single celeb and famous filmmaker started at square one, too. We see the result of a creator’s dedication, hustle, and struggle. We’re not seeing the auditions our favorite actors totally bombed or the mistakes our favorite filmmakers made on the projects that never got a whiff of Netflix or Hulu.

This is where First Sparks shines.

First Sparks is a casual interview series with established industry artists, breaking down the first steps in their career, early lessons learned, and advice for emerging creators, all live on Instagram in 30 minutes or less.

In the third episode of First Sparks, Rachel Bloom chats about the pivotal music video (”I surrounded myself with people who knew what they were doing because I didn’t know what I was doing”), self-funding her early projects (“My credit score... Ugh, it was terrible”), and being a new mom (“I know so much shit — literally and figuratively”).

While it’s great to hear about newer and bigger projects coming from your favorite creators, it can make you feel further and further away from your own goals. First Sparks instead brings industry giants to your level, where you can learn from their experience in an actionable way — and see that your creative career goals maybe aren’t as far away as they feel.

Bloom’s advice: “You can do it. If you want to do it, just do it.”

Catch the next episode of First Sparks on Seed&Spark's instagram.



Julie Haberstick

Associate Producer for Seed&Spark's Creator Success team, Julie Haberstick develops content and strategy to support Seed&Spark's mission: connecting people through stories that matter. When not writing or directing intimate journey stories for the screen, Julie helps creative professionals refocus their written work around a core purpose via Citric Focus Consulting.



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