Episode 2

Published on:

8th Mar 2023

Let's go to Las Vegas and make a movie!

Hello, lovely listeners!

Welcome back to another episode of "Confessions of an Aging Ingenue." I'm your aging Ingenue, Jenni Tooley, thrilled to have you joining me on this journey.

Before we dive into today's story, I want to extend a special invitation to all of you. Join me in the confessional on Wednesday nights, the first Wednesday of the month, at jennitooley.com. Who knows, you might even find yourself in the confessor seat – it's a night you won't want to miss!

Now, let's jump into today's tale titled, "Have I Told You About the Time I decided to go to Las Vegas to shoot a movie?" It's a wild ride back to when I decided to venture to the dazzling city of Las Vegas to shoot my very first movie as a director and producer. Crazy, right?

Picture this: I had never been to Vegas, knew only a handful of people there, and had the audacious idea to shoot 22 pages of the original STUCK script. Now, that's what I call a leap of faith!

But the Vegas adventure wasn't without its challenges. From unexpected changes in the team to discovering a team member's gambling problem (cue the drama), we faced it all. And yes, I even managed to pee in the middle of nowhere – a story for the ages!

Through it all, I learned invaluable lessons about trust, intuition, and the importance of saying "no" when your gut screams it. Join me in reflecting on the journey from a naive filmmaker to the fearless creator I strive to be today.

So, buckle up for a rollercoaster of tales from the neon-lit streets of Las Vegas. Uncensored.  Unedited.  Just Jenni.

As always, your comments, reviews, follows, and subscriptions keep our podcast thriving. I'm Jenni Tooley, your host, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on today's escapade. Until next time, stay fabulous!

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Confessions of an Aging Ingenue
from insecure ingenue to perimenopausal powerhouse
Go BTS into my creative life/career as I regain my integrity and create a system that aligns with my values and supports an abundant, healthy lifestyle.

It’s taken me decades to find my way back to me. The journey has been messy, out of control and all of the things I feared. I fear them no more. Take these stories as your own.

Imperfect. Unedited. Uncensored.
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Jenni Tooley

Hi! I am Jenni Tooley and I have a lot going on! I tend to go where I am led, am highly adaptable and have a wide variety of transferable skills and talents. This means I have experienced a whole lot so far in life-- I have owned and operated my own cottage bakery, am a trained birth doula, am a yoga teacher, am a professional actor, have worked in non-profit development, launched a web series and just distributed my first feature film, STUCK. Oh! Did I happen to mention I've also been an actor for over 3 decades and played alongside in Richard Linklater's Boyhood? That all sounds amazing- and super woman-ish, right?

What you may not know is that although I am a creative human, I am also a messy one. I've been around lot of blocks and trudged through around and over some of the deepest blocks within myself. I know what it's like to feel stuck- unable to move forward. I know what it's like to be overwhelmed with self-doubt. I know what it's like to feel like I or what I do is never enough. I've spent years trying to "fix" myself. I have a "chick with a stick" in my brain that loves to whack me around whenever I make a mistake, show my imperfections, or am willing to be vulnerable. She thinks she's keeping me safe. But I'm tired of being abused by myself. My "good enough" is actually more than good enough. I don't have to go outside of myself for validation. And being vulnerable is really hot!

I won't claim to have completely overcome all these things-- after all I am human. But I've gotten through them and continue to build myself up rather than break myself down, most days:) Along my journey I have collected so many tools, a whole lot of experience, and have always been (it turns out) filled with wisdom. I am thrilled to be able to share all of this with you! I specialize in holding space for people, deeply listening, and being able to guide people back to the truth of who they are. The process isn't perfect. And I will never claim to have " the only 5 steps you need to fix yourself for good" because in my experience that's a bunch of hoo-ha. And it sets up a situation where if you didn't get fixed you think there must be something wrong with you(I know, I've had that experience).

I'd love to have you join me on this journey! www.jennitooley.com