Monday, October 26, 2009

Sugar Crash

You know that sugar high feeling?  I had that over the past week as an artist.  I danced a private gig a Saturday ago.  I danced Monday and Wednesday night at two local shows after leaving tech rehearsals for the play we opened Saturday.

I'm going to take a moment to talk about the show I just opened Saturday before I continue listing out the awesome stuff that happened this week for me as an artist.  I'm so fortunate to be part of a theatre company that nurtures playwrights.  The writer and director, Jacob Smith, I cast as Sonny in Tracing Sonny earlier this year.  I absolutely loved working with him.  His directing style is similar to my own so I feel very comfortable with him.  This is a wonderful show and I hope everyone who reads my blog in the So Cal area can make it to see the show.  More info is available here.

Friday nights after Landscaping the Den of Saints, you can see our latest anthology -- Tales of an Unsettled City: Exodus.  Our actors are so talented and several of the pieces were written by our own writers.  I wrote one of the pieces.  It was fantastic seeing it come to life.  I was in tears watching my show.  You'd have to see it to understand.

Friday night was our soft opening for Landscaping the Den of Saints.  There's a chunk of the play where I'm not onstage since it is an ensemble piece.  I spent that chunk writing a short play for The Artist's Nightmare, the second installment in our 24-hour play festival series.  I was given a topic, a cast breakdown (1 man, 1 woman) and I set to typing.  My play was hilarious, perfectly cast and perfectly directed.  I laughed so hard I was coughing.  These 24-hour play festivals are great sprints for writers, directors and actors.  I love that I was able to write for it.

So today I'm back in the real world after some intense creation.  I'm making aprons and pasties and trolling online for work.  I'm going back to my dance classes and home life activities.  I do feel like I've had a sugar crash, but I know life will return to normal after a few more days.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Support My Habits!

I've been working some.  I'm very much a freelancer.  I did a couple one-time projects for different companies and work for another a day a week.  I also dance to pay my bills.  I'm using my talents to open up new income flows, and now you can get in on the action.  Don't worry -- this isn't an infomercial for real estate.

I have my Etsy shop up and running.  I have puppets and showgirl accessories, and now I have something everyone needs: aprons!  I'm making vintage reproduction aprons with a little bit of extra flair.  They're very affordable and make great gifts.  Hit the store and contact me if you want something custom.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stay of Execution

My title is a bit dramatic. I've been running around a lot lately. I have some freelance work and my dance classes. I also have play rehearsals which are really fun and going incredibly well. I'm also working on a new number and have dance shows from time to time this month.

Anyway, my current activity level sometimes keeps me away from home for ten to twelve hours. I'm pretty exhausted and haven't been able to sleep in. The weather is changing so I'm a little sniffly. Feeling worn down and sniffly doesn't bode well for the girl with two dance gigs and a play opening next week. I'm taking Nyquil at night along with vitamin C so I can sleep and heal at the same time. Here's hoping it works.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bargain Showgirl

As you may know, dear reader, my job status has been questionable since the beginning of June.  I'm still freelancing and loving many parts of the freelance lifestyle.  I've been able to help Andrew with some projects that he didn't have time to finish because he was out making real money. 

Anyway, my limited funds have rightly prevented me from making new costumes.  I'm not doing "one-off" numbers right now, meaning numbers that I perform once for a theme show and have to costume from scratch.  Every number I'm doing between now and December will come from my existing repertoire and costume stock.  Last year was very expensive for me in the world of burlesque costumes.

I do have a couple new numbers in the works.  The first will debut at my December show.  Because I have to be smart with my money, I designed the costume on paper first.  I listed out how much fabric to buy to make it and all the colors of rhinestones that would work on it.  I found the perfect fabric yesterday to make most of the costume for just under $7.  I did spend about $30 on rhinestones, but I got some acrylic rhinestones to save money and really make the Swarovskis shine.  I still need to buy a piece of fun foam and perhaps a few notions, but I really saved time and money by designing on paper first.

I'm also going through my fabric stock and making things to sell in my Etsy store.  I'm quite crafty.  If I'm not going to do anything with the fabric and trim I have on hand for myself, I might as well create something and sell it.  I'm making aprons right now for my Etsy store.  I am purchasing some fabric since fuzzy leopard print woudn't make the smartest apron, but I'm trying to use the resources I have first.  I do encourage you to share my Etsy store with friends, especially because I have to pay for that stupid $436 red light ticket from June.  And because I make good stuff.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

When I Grow Up

I've finally decided that when I grow up I want to have a kickass show in an awesome and legendary venue.  It's going to take baby steps to get there I fear, even though I want it to take off quickly.  I've started producing my own show in North Hollywood.  I have to build a following for that show, but Andrew and I have some ideas.  Our first show went really well but I'd really like a bigger audience.  I may investigate taking over a time slot for a monthly show at an established venue, but I don't know that I'd want to do it for more than a year.  I want to take over bigger venues.  I want to work with live music.  I want to bring back as much classic burlesque as I can.

I also want to tour more.  I may go to Costa Rica in January.  I'm going to apply for New Mexico's burlesque showcase in February; we talked in Boston and they invited me to come out.  I think there are two potential tour dates in March.  April is Viva Las Vegas and Boston Burlesque Expo is the same weekend.  This all takes capital.  What's going to help me afford touring is selling my online merchandise.  You can pick up some of my handcrafted items at my Etsy store.  I have showgirl accessories there, and you can find some puppets made by me and Andrew.  More merchandise will be uploaded as the holidays approach, but you can pick up some stuff now.

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