About Kara Oropallo.
The Formative Years
As much as I love living in LA now, I'm a Midwesterner through and through! I grew up in Michigan, just outside of Flint. My parents divorced amicably and quickly remarried. I have three brothers and two sisters across both sides, and I adore them all. I was the Ultimate Nerd in school - Newspaper Editor, Class President, Key Club Member, Water Polo Team Captain, and of course, Mascot (go Grand Blanc Bobcats!). We had season tickets to the Detroit Lions, where I first learned the importance of a good attitude and positive thinking. I had a very happy childhood.
Against my mother's Wolverine wishes, I went to The Ohio State University - and had a wonderful time! I graduated in 2005 and moved to Los Angeles to work for Dreamworks Animation and pursue my dream of making animated films. For the last six years I've been working as a Production Supervisor there on such movies as Rise of the Guardians, The Croods, and most recently, an untitled Bollywood-inspired musical.
On the side, I'm a freelance producer and script analyst. I'm producing an animated short that we're smack-dab in the middle of animating (more on that as we go). I'm also producing a live action web series - we just shot the first episode in May! It's probably the funniest thing I've ever been a part of, so I feel pretty good about it (more on that as I am able to discuss it).
When I'm not blogging, producing, or reading scripts, I like to swim, garden, and watch movies. I love movies! I think my top three favorite films areToy Story, Ocean's 11, and Best In Show. But I'm also a huge fan of film noir (Double Indemnity and Chinatown) and romantic comedies (Bringing Up Baby and Bull Durham). And pretty much every Coen brothers film ever (especially Fargo and Raising Arizona.So good!).
In 2011 I married the love of my life, Brandon (check out his trivia blog,Puzzopallo!). We met out here in LA in 2006 while singing karaoke at The Bigfoot Lodge. He sang Britney Spears'Lucky, and I fell hopelessly in love. No joke. Mega swoon. Hearts, stars, moonbeams - the works.
How "That's An Affirmative" Happened
As I get older, I find it's hard to remember on a daily basis what's important. It's harder to stay centered with all this stuff swirling around us. All these to do lists and feelings and house payments and guilt and pre-conceived notions and family drama and comparisons of success. It used to be so easy when we were kids - get up, play with Legos, eat a peanut butter sandwich, be happy, live life. Somewhere along the way, we all forget how to do this! It's hard to remember that, buried among this swirl ofstuff, is the good stuff, the happy stuff that makes up our lives.
So we have to find ways to focus on the good stuff. And to surround ourselves with as much happiness, as much positivity, as possible, so the good stuff in the swirl outweighs the bad. So we can stay grounded among the swirling.
This past year was hard for me on a number of levels. I was certainly going through (and still am...?) a mid-life crisis. A questioning of what's important. I turned to positive quotes and affirmations to keep me focused and grounded. I turned to words of wisdom from the past and present. And I felt comforted!
So I wanted to share them with you.
And...because we are all fractal beings with so much more to offer than one viewpoint...I feel this blog becoming a place to discuss other issues...thoughts on Los Angeles...on movies and the business of movie making...on what it's like to be a woman in this industry...on what it's like to be a woman in America today!
I welcome all forms of communications - let me know what you like and don't like! It will help me shape That's An Affirmative as we move forward.