You know what’s even more challenging than keeping seven characters alive in a five act episode? Apparently, finding an apartment in downtown Toronto that allows dogs. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of great places to choose from – if we weren’t bringing Bubba and Lulu along for our seven month stay in Toronto. A couple of times, we came close to closing – only to have the owners pull out upon further consideration. Ultimately, we gave up and elected to go back to the place we stayed last year – far from perfect with its tiny kitchen, shallow sinks, broken bathroom door, cracked stove top, slow internet, and incredibly uncomfortable couch – only to discover that the strata has decided not to do anymore short term rentals meaning…
We’re still looking! 2-3 weeks and counting!
After we wrapped production on season 1, my writing/producing partner, Paul, suggested that IF the show got picked up for a second season, I should seriously consider selling the house and moving to Toronto, saving myself the trouble of transporting the dogs cross-country by transferring my base of operations to the film and television capital of Canada. It made sense at the time. Akemi was all for it. I consulted a real estate agent. And then July and August rolled around and…things changed as the prospect of making a permanent move to Toronto suddenly became a lot less attractive.
Ah, the life of a freelancer. Maybe I’ll be in Toronto next year and the year after. Or maybe it’ll be Vancouver. Or maybe it’ll be L.A. Realistically, the only way I’ll know for sure would be to decide for myself. And I’ll be taking a big step in that direction next week when I head to Los Angeles for some long overdue meetings. While Akemi checks out Trader Joe’s.
In the meantime, I’ve got to find a place in Toronto for October otherwise we’re all living out of my office!