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Writing My Legacy: Book I

Published June 8, 2014 by RowanMeir Films

“You are not going out this day, nor any other day that strips away what you have yet to do. You have not fixed it. You have not done what it was you were born to do. I’m not going to do it for you. I’m not going to lift your banner for you to see it through. You’re the one, you’re the one who’s going to have to do it. You’re going to have to fight through this blow in order to shine on.” – The Wolf King

(Excerpt from Legacy © Copyright 2014 NeverMore Publications, LLC)

Rebekah and Reginald

Rebekah and Reginald

When I first began writing the screenplay to Legacy, I was in a place in life where nothing was really happening–all the humdrum of the hours was nothing but that…a hum. And what I needed was the loud beat of the drum, pounding its way into my soul, summoning the call of the soldier within to march to a different tune than the hum I was repeating from the sunrise of the days before. I had to ask myself, Why is it that I feel this way and what is it that I was ultimately after, for the answer to that alone would be the key to my unsung door. What I wanted was to be in a different place in life where I did not have to struggle so hard to live the life I had chosen for myself–that of a creator–an actor, a writer, a dreamer.

The Mariner Princess and Shark Warriors

The Mariner Princess and Shark Warriors

So I pondered my existence at that moment, remembering the day when I veered down another path than the one I was on, asking myself, what do I want out of this, and why do I feel the need to do it? Well, for one, I have to do it; there is no surer answer. And yet, I wanted to live a life better than the one I was living. I wanted to dream a bigger dream where those that came after me–my friends, nephews, nieces, godchildren, children and grandchildren–would know without a shadow of a doubt that dreams were possible…and that they could thrive, that they could grow, and that they could be lived upon. And out of that moment where I looked ahead to all the goals I had set in place for myself and all my bloodline after me (if they wanted it), I had forgotten a very simple thing: it is who you are and how you lived that is remembered best. Not the money and success you leave behind. That may encourage someone with a similar dream, but how you live and what you stand for is what truly inspires. And it was off that reminder that the story to Legacy came to life.

"Remember...remember..." - Chief Netapheha

“Remember…remember…” – Chief Netapheha

I think I wrote the outline to the screenplay in a single sitting, pouring over the pain of the moments where I have felt myself standing still, marking the barriers that stood in my way, wondering where it was I was meant to go, and knowing that when I got there I might not be equipped for the moment I alone have imagined. Weaving it into an epic fairytale, I found myself lost in the inspired worlds of my childhood–Neverending Story, Star Wars, Legend, Krull, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia–all over again. What I came up with ultimately broke my heart and put it back together again. I had no intention whatsoever of turning it into a book, but like all things…you should always be open-minded. You never know what door is the one that is meant to be opened. And this one opened like a flood.

“To never have what you thought you wanted, to never be what you dreamed you could be, to give everything you had and get nothing in return…it is a choice you have to make, young lion. Do you engage?”
Marcus stood and looked up at the eagle captain towering over him.
“You may fail, prince…but the better question to ask is…what if you win?”

(Excerpt from Legacy; Property of NeverMore Publications, LLC)

May you enjoy the passion of my heart…my Legacy

Written by: #CorinaMarie

(Corina Marie is an actress, producer and screenwriter.)

Illustrations by Scott Edward

Illustrations by Scott Edward



(Actress, Writer, Producer)


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Create Your Opportunity

Published March 18, 2013 by RowanMeir Films

One of the first experiences I had on set was in a little independent film called A Month of Sundays. It wasn’t so little for me since it was my first starring role in a feature film. Even bigger in my mind was who was cast as my co-star–or rather, I was cast as his–Rod Steiger. What a mammoth, a chameleon, a master, and an absolute gentleman. To say that Rod set the bar for me on how generous you should be to your fellow actor, is an understatement. To have been able to act opposite such a behemoth of an actor was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t cherish those days on set with him or bring that experience with me from project to project.

I’ll never forget the day when Rod said to me, “Create your opportunity. Don’t just be an actor who waits around for your manager or agent to get you cast in something else. That was my mistake.” I looked at him, completely taken off guard by the comment. Here was an Academy Award Winner whose legendary scenes such as the famous “Taxi Cab” scene with Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront is shown in almost every master acting class known to man, here was a legend who had won the Oscar for his tornado of a performance in In The Heat of the Night with Sidney Poitier, and here was a man whose silent scream in The Pawnbroker gives me chills to this day. So I asked him, “What do you mean?”

“It was after I had won the Oscar,” he said. “I thought, ‘Opportunities will hunt me down now.’ But four years went by and not a single one came. That was my mistake. I waited. And because nothing came, I got depressed. And there’s nothing worse than an artist who gets depressed. You’re young. Create your opportunity. Find stories for yourself and don’t wait for others to find them for you.”

Those words have motivated me and inspired me ever since. As projects come my way, I am creating my opportunity outside of them. I’m not the best at networking, as a matter of fact, I despise it sometimes. But I have, thankfully, found a means of connecting and networking in a manner that I can tolerate, and have come to realize that the best moments only come when I find other creators doing the very same thing. Writing screenplays, turning those screenplays into books, finding music that inspires the circumstances and art that takes my breath away and captures those moments I seek to write and embody…how can one not dream of creating an opportunity? We live in a world of “do-it-yourself-ism.” As an actor, why wait? As a writer, why not dream? As a musician, why not perform? And as an artist, why not wield your brush for all to see? For those of you who make the idea a reality, it is you who continue to inspire me.

Create your opportunity...I know I am creating mine. Here’s to you, Rod…

-Written by: #CorinaMarie

(Corina Marie Zurcher is an actress, producer and screenwriter.)


Me and Rod at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Marlon Brando in a screenshot from the trailer...

Marlon Brando in a screenshot from the trailer for the film en:On the Waterfront. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rod Steiger in ''The Pawnbroker

Rod Steiger in ”The Pawnbroker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)