February 9, 2009

I’d like to be a meaningful specific too.  Except that I’ve always been kind of a Gill of all Trades.  And I’ve taken that identity very seriously.

In this recent video shot at TED (I think), Seth Godin (I read his blog daily) is interviewed about his statement that “everybody needs a tribe” – which is not exactly what he said, but they interviewed him about it nonetheless.  He’s basically pontificating in the delightful Seth Godin way about the 1000 true fans rule.

The interviewer goes on to ask him why he’s not on Twitter.  And since I’m not on twitter (and have recently been feeling like perhaps I should be, but then decided to let that wave pass), I was interested to hear Seth’s reasons.  Go to about 9:00 minutes in to hear what Seth has to say about Twitter from his lips.  But here’s my take…

Basically, he says that he’s becoming the best at being who he is: really good at writing/blogging about marketing.  And he emails.  He prefers personal private meaningful conversation as opposed to thousands of anonymous people yelling at him (aka Twitter).  At one point he says that if he tried to bake, and do photography, and all these things, he’d become a “wandering generality instead of meaningful specific.

This hit home.  I’ve been struggling with wanting to be a writer, producer, director, actor, voice actor, photographer, graphic designer and whatever else struck my fancy.  And consequently I’ve been concerned with becoming a wandering generality.  So, I’ve narrowed it down.

I’ve cut photography.

It’ll still be a hobby, but I’m not going to try and be a photographer.  I’m not going to try and earn money at it.

What then is my meaningful specific?  I’m a storyteller. That’s why I loved photography.  I loved telling a story though the pictures.  And I do love beautiful pictures!  But I’m a storyteller.  As a writer, as a director, as a performer, I’m a storyteller.  So while, it may seem like I’m still a wandering generality because I’m not narrowing my focus between writing and acting or producing and directing, I’ve convinced myself that I’m a meaningful specific, because I’m a storyteller and I use whatever path or medium I’m inspired to use to tell stories.  And that’s okay.

I’m a storyteller.  And I take that identity very seriously.


January 29, 2009

I am at the theatre. Ryan is sitting beside me reading the program. This is my birthday present! Ryan has just commented on the prolific nature of the man who is about to entertain us. I just witnessed a staff member flaunt her status by bringing her coffee into the theatre. The usher followed her and said that she wasn’t supposed to and she flashed her staff laniard saying, “I won’t spill it or leave it behind!”

I’m excited. I love the theatre. And this is an exceptional little space filled with about 300 seats. Procenium. It is filling slowly. The anticipation mounting.



April 16, 2008

…to Vancouver?  I desperately want to get back to Van to see the current show playing at Pacific Theatre.  One of my bridesmaids, Rebecca deBoer is rockin’ the show as the female lead, according to Georgia Strait reviewer Colin Thomas.  She’s a shining star that previous few theatre patrons get to witness once every few years when she decides to grace the stage with her luminous talent and skill.  And I’m not being superlative.

So yeah, I need to get to Vancouver before the show closes on April 26th…  Need.


October 18, 2007

…everywhere a strike-strike. As the time draws near for the WGA (Nov 1st), the local Broadway IATSE union in New York is set to follow suit. Or should I say, precede accordingly.

This news has a special place in my heart because I spent some time managing a professional theatre in Vancouver, Canada. I hit my head on those vom doors more times than I can count, and yet, I loath unions (except you Equity! Everybody loves Equity! ;)). However, I absolutely support supporting the technicians that make the magic of theatre possible.

I admit to ignorance of the Broadway ways; but still, I’m not sure that in NY striking will be the best solution for IATSE. There are ways to avoid the technicians’ necessity. However, back on the left coast, WGA is counting on their members’ products as being foundationally necessary. The American public cannot subsist on a solely reality television diet for too long! Yet, with the sneaky advent of non-guild production companies by many of the major studios and networks, many non-union writers are getting their chance! It’s hard for starving artists to show solidarity when a “chance” or a “big break” is carrot-ed in their faces.

What would I do? Take the chance to be abused by the big boys? Or eat ramen, while the storm passes? Thankfully, I’m not purporting to be a working writer yet. So I’ll cross that bridge once the canyon appears…

UPDATE: 90.3% of the 6000 WGA members that voted recently will support a strike.


September 27, 2007

A moment of silence.

Note: I didn’t know how to write this post without laughing; but I think he would have wanted it that way…


May 25, 2007

Say what you will, Elementary School Theatre is still theatre. Last night as hundreds of parents, grandparents, cousins and friends filed into the auditorium of a school in Pasadena, the tangible “excitement before the show” electricity was in the air. I know this feeling. It’s the energy that kept me going at Pacific Theatre when I was tired, busy, or overwhelmed. I would leave the office and walk up to the front of house just as they were opening the doors and I would stand at the back of the house while everyone found their seats. Tangible excitement.

Books, papers, and dissertations have been written about why this excitement exists – why we love theatre. I don’t want to attempt to address that here. I just know that there’s a thick energy in the air before a live theatre show; one that just isn’t as viscus in the cinema (although slightly present).

Last night, that energy was present for an Elementary School production of The Beauty & The Beast. Two of our friends were in the show! One played Beauty…

Gillian, Ingrid, & Ryan

…the other was in the chorus. They are talented sisters.

Ellen, Ingrid, & Gillian

Of course it wasn’t the best production of the Disney story ever, but it was theatre. And the audience enjoyed themselves. And they were rewarded for their investment – their excitement. 180 pre-teens told a story, with costumes and music, and lights; and an audience came, and an audience laughed, and an audience nearly cried. Theatre happened. And it was good.