Helena Cassily was our first meeting. Helena is a screenwriter and photographer who recently moved from Los Angeles to Rio, so I learned. At the time of our meeting, I wasn’t exactly sure who she was or how she could help. I had been connected to so many different people through so many different chains that the who and the how was sometimes a little vague.
The purpose of this first trip was to be on the ground, meet people, and hopefully figure out how to make the project real. Especially in the beginning of the trip, I wasn’t sure who could help or what I needed help with exactly.
Nevertheless, I’m so glad this first meeting was with Helena, because even if my fumbling to ask questions and explain the project was transparent, there would have been no better person to have broke the ice with.