From the other night. It truly is “big sky country”
As the days count down to the beginning of the Keystone Theatre Fringe Festival tour of The Last Man on Earth, I’ve been thinking about the challenges and changes ahead of me. Â The changes I’ve talked about: giving up my job and apartment and hoping for the best on this tour. Â That’s big for me. I’m doing my best not to even think about what I will do when I come back, because I’m a natural worrier and I know that if I start to think about it, I will not stop. Â So, the plan is to just concentrate on the tour and the summer adventure and worry about the rest when I get back. Â For now, all I have to really worry about is packing.
For the challenges:
– Getting out of my shell. Promotion for Fringe festivals is always about legwork; getting out and talking to people, schmoozing at the Fringe tent, and encouraging people in lines for other shows to come to your show. Â This will take me way out of my comfort zone, because I’m a closet introvert. Walking up to people and starting a conversation is not something I am good at, or even comfortable with, so that’s something I will have to overcome this summer.
– This whole summer will be a test of my social networking abilities. Trying to keep my own twitter feed up to date , while also updating @keystonetheatre and The Last Man on Earth Facebook page as well will be a challenge, but one I think I’m up to. Â I’ll have to make sure I keep taking pictures so I can tweet the Fringe experience and the show. And of course, I plan to blog the whole thing, in addition to tweeting and Facebooking.Â What I’m hoping is that I get better at doing all of these things, so that when I get back, I can add that to my skills to help with that Â whole “getting a new job” thing.
– Just sitting back and enjoying the ride. Like I said earlier, I’m a worrier, so just enjoying the ride isn’t in my nature. I like to know what’sÂ happeningÂ tomorrow, and the day after that. But when we’re on the road, and in new cities, I really won’t know these things, so I will have to learn to just enjoy it. Or as the actors say “be in the moment”.
All in all, I’m looking forward to tackling these challenges. Â I think I can do it.
What challenges are you setting for yourself this summer?
I don’t make New Years resolutions. Â They just seem to be a way to set unrealistic expectations, which lead to making you feel disappointed in yourself when you break them. Â So, no resolutions for me.
But I will set some goals for myself. So here, in no particular order, are my goals for the upcoming year:
So, those are my goals for the year. There’s more of them than I initially thought there would be. Â I might not complete all of them, but at least I’ll have made some serious headway if I accomplish some of them.
What are your goals for the year?
I am very tired. Â Too tired.
There is a lot going on. Â I have been looking for an apartment (hoping to hear about one by tomorrow), I’ve been rehearsing a one act play for Monkeyman Productions, directing another, producing both, and continuing my work with Keystone Theatre. In addition to this, I’ve been working the ol’ day job. That’s a lot.
I’ve been stressing about the apartment hunt and the impending move, stressing about producer stuff, and just generally burning the candle at both ends. Â Its starting to take its toll. Â I’m not feeling rested after a night’s sleep. Â Today, I woke up and felt almost as tired as I was when I fell asleep.
I need a few nights of not doing anything. I need to know that I have an apartment to move into on November 1st. Â I need a rest.
On Sunday night, I was out with Daisy MacLean having pancakes for dinner, when I got a call from my landlord telling me that the basement was flooding. Unfortunately, I live in said basement. I rushed home, and was fortunate to find that although the carpet in the apartment was sopping wet, that I hadn’t lost anything valuable. Â Only a few clothes I could stand to lose anyway.
The carpet, however, needed to be torn up and disposed of, and we had to start doing it on Monday. Â Fortunately, I had booked Monday and Tuesday off work. Â I’ll be honest, when I booked those days off, it was so that I could relax before attending the Dora awards on Monday night, and recover from a late night out on Tuesday. Â These days were certainly nothing like I had planned. I had to clear out all the wet clothes (and other soaking things) and move furniture around, so that we could start pulling up the carpet.
By the time it was time to get ready for the Doras, I was in a lot of pain. Â A hot shower didn’t help much, but I got into my suit and headed out to meet Dana Fradkin and Kim & Richard Beaune for dinner. Â Although none of the four of us were personally up for Doras for The Belle of Winnipeg, the four of us had been at the very first meeting for the project that became The Belle of Winnipeg, and we were bursting with pride to see Lorie Brown, David Atkinson and Ginette Mohr nominated for Dora Awards. Â In the end, only David took home an award, but for us, the nominations were a confirmation that the show we had worked on or 4 years had a future (and that’s something we’ll be pursuing). After the very long ceremony, I stuck around for the after party for only a few minutes, because I was dead on my feet, still in a lot of pain, with more work to do the following day.
Today, the carpet had been removed, and the floor needed to be washed. Â Right now, without carpet, its basically a concrete floor, but we’ll be looking at getting some rugs to put down. Â After the floor had dried it was time to start putting the apartment back together. It was slow going, because my body still hurt and every movement pretty much just made it worse.
The apartment is mostly put back together, but there’s still work to do. And at some point this week, a plumber will come to take a look at the drain that backed up.
I go back to work tomorrow, not having had much of a vacation at all, and still in pain.