Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Start

Hey! Remember me? I blog about my life in New York and stuff. It's been awhile hasn't it? My last post was on March 1st and today is March 20th. What the hell happened to March? Where did it go?! That's life though, right? It whisks by faster than you can say "Hey, slow down!" and before you know it's time to bow and exit stage right. 

So lets see, what has been going on since we last talked. Well I am in the second week of rehearsals on Aint No Such Thing As Free Pizza by Analisa veleZ. We had auditions two weeks ago and cast some really talented people. we saw around 38 people for our auditions, and maybe my heart is too big, but fell in love with them all. I saw lots of talented people, and a couple some weird ones, but deciding who to pick was hard because everyone was wonderful. But I ended up casting the four that the playwright and I felt were best for the roles. 

Now we are in our second week of rehearsals and having a blast. We don't get to rehearse in the space we will be performing in, so finding and rehearsing in spaces can be quite an adventure. We have settled down now into a pattern of locations, but its sill quite an interesting experience for a person who came from Iowa where we get a few weeks to rehearse on stage as opposed to one day.

A friend of mine from Clarke came and visited for his spring break. His name is Luke, but you can just call him lumberjack. Its his favorite nickname. Anyways he stayed for seven days and we had many adventures. I realized, with lumberjack here, that I am not an adventurous person. I typically don't go out to bars or eat dinner out very often, but lumberjack was all about exploring and finding new things. It was great having lumberjack here of fun and plus, now I have a list of great places to take people when they come and visit. 

As I write this my mother is in the airport waiting to fly home after a short visit. We got to see the show Once on St. Patrick's day and it was amazing! The story and the music and the acting was all top notch. I highly recommend it. Mom stayed for a few days and it was just really nice to be with family again. Sad to see her go, but I'm sure I will see family again soon.

Other than visitors and directing, I've just been working away at my Full-Time job Actors Equity as an Audition Monitor. That usually take care of my mornings and early afternoons and then I have time to rehearse in the evenings or work on Snappytitle productions.

Speaking of which! The Snappytitle fundraiser is drawing to a close and it looks like we won't reach our hopeful goal of funding, but I am really hopeful for the future. Things like this happen right? We hope for one thing but we don't get what we want, and that can be really disappointing. There were a few days recently where I felt really depressed that we wern't going to reach our funding, but after reflecting on myself and my goals I am now more than ever excited for what my production company will create. So we wont have a lot of money? Thanks to some very generous donations from some amazing people we will still have some. Enough for a start. Then from there I can take that little start and make it grow. Make it turn into something a little bigger, step by step. And in a few years? Who knows what it will be, but I am ever hopeful that it will be something awesome. As George Bernard Shaw once said:
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." 
In closing, I'd like to leave you with another poem I wrote while riding the subway one day. I am hoping my blogging can return to a more regular schedule so keep checking and keep sharing and thanks for reading and patiently waiting. Until next time!

21cent.

I'm a Twenty First century kid.

I see the world through pixelated glasses,
The people I interact with are just names and passwords.

My family is digital,
At the tips of my fingers.
Distance means nothing,
When you can just upload pictures.

When happiness is signals flying through the air
And coursing the veins of copper wire
weaved so tightly into the earth and sky
one almost doesn’t even know its there.
Blinking, on and off, at the speed of light.

I’m a 21st century kid,
Flying at the speed of imagination.    

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