A month since my last blog. Oy! I’m trying!
First off, I want to say that I really enjoy my new job! It has been such a nice change to actually be satisfied in going to work every day. However, it actually keeps me far more busy than my last job. In other words, I don’t have time during my day job anymore. There, I admitted it. So teacher, that’s why I haven’t had time to do my homework. However, in spite of the loss of “free time” I actually feel far more motivated. I have actually laid some groundwork to continue motivating myself for the upcoming year, I’m quite excited.
I have had a very busy week. It began with a networking event, headed by Doug Shapiro (www.dougshapiro.com) and the Savvy Actor (www.thesavvyactor.com). He gave a lot of great tips for networking – both on social networks and face to face. I actually was very inspired by a lot of what he said, and will be working to implement a lot of his suggestions over the next few weeks and months. I have already started utilizing them at some holiday parties!
I also saw to cabarets this week. I went to another one of Chris Stepen’s Sing Smart, Act Smart open workshops. I admit some of the physical work is a little awkward to watch, and I do see the benefit, specifically for chorus work. I did think some of the work was pretty good as well, though a tad indulgent. Their focus was “getting over their fears,” so I suppose that’s acceptable. I also went to my friend Elizabeth Selden’s cabaret. I am very proud of her, she too was getting over her fears. But I was a little confused about it. There was no program, and I didn’t know where the majority of the people came from. Elizabeth said she found the listing on craigslist. To be honest, I was rather unimpressed with most of the singers. There was very little storytelling (except Elizabeth – well done), which is strange because most of them were “actors who sing”. It also started late and went very late. If I had a program, I’d know what cabaret series to avoid…
The high point of my weekend was seeing Next to Normal for my birthday. What an incredible show. I think it is what the future of musical theater should be. True, there were not many songs that you could leave humming, rather, it felt almost like a long recit. But it was wholly apparent that they were moved to sing. It didn’t feel showy, it felt nauseatingly real. As an audience member I was unbelievably moved. I did have a few directorial thoughts. Some actor choices were stale for me (the son swung around like a monkey!) and I felt that the beginning of Act II could have had a different color (slightly less sadness, slightly more confusion and reflection), but the performances were wonderful and story stirring. If you can see it before it closes, do so.
I'd like to say I'd get one or two more entries done before the holiday, but if not, have a wonderful New Year!