Remember That Time When I Was Supposed to Start Shooting Today?

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well food poisoning made quick work of that.


That’s my cat*, my book, and two sets of feet belonging to two sickies who both had to call out from work today because they spent the entire night ridding their bodies of everything they’ve ever eaten in their entire lives.

But hey, what could make a couple closer than becoming intimately aware of the particular sounds of their partner losing his or her lunch, and dinner, and breakfast?


*Apologies to those who are offended by cat vagina. She did that as I was snapping the picture and I just didn’t have the energy reserves to take a whole other picture once I realized the situation.


So Many Things, So Little Energy

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hi. Hello. Welcome to my last three minutes of consciousness this weekend. I have naught the energy to tell you anything but how my designer told me to prepare for this coming week, my first week of shooting (which begins with me waking up a scant six hours from this moment):

“Pack as if you were going camping. Or to war.”

Soo I’ll let you know how that one goes. In the meantime, happy Halloween.

Peace in the middle east. I’m out.

I’m Bad at Being Anonymous

October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I'm Bad at Being Anonymous

If you’re in the DC area, come see my show*. It’s awesome.

*If you actually want to see it and don’t know who I am already, let me know and I will give you the info 🙂

A Thing That I’ve Been Thinking Today

October 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

I think it’s important to note that I am incredibly fortunate. I know I am fortunate because I am surrounded by people who love, support, and encourage me to pursue my craft with the knowledge that if I fall, one or all of those people will catch me.

I was reminded of this today, when I got a terrible surprise at the bank, in the form of 90 more dollars than I possessed having been sent to Sallie Mae without my knowledge. It’s been that kind of month for me; unexpected expenses in sets of one and two hundred dollars each, with almost no new income for the duration of the month. A forgotten parking ticket, a phone that needed replacing, paying for this semester out of pocket, and so on and so forth, so it goes.

It’s not anything sob-worthy, most of it is my fault: oversight and such. But I’m remembering the days from the first time around, when my roommate would come home from her work at a crisis center with stories of people exactly like me, in exactly the same position, but minus the loved ones willing or able to provide a safety net.

This feels a bit like one of those 99% posts, and maybe it is a little. I just feel incredibly lucky to have the friends, family, boyfriend, and employers that I have, and today especially my heart breaks for people who don’t have that, for whatever reason that they don’t, and I take no issue with giving away some of my income to provide them a semblance of the safety net that I was blessed with, but did not earn and doubtfully deserve.

Anonymous(?) and Networking(!)

October 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m a bit at a loss as to whether or not I should remain anonymous on this blog. My instinct is to keep it this way, but then I’m reluctant to talk too in-depth about what I’m doing and where I’m working for fear of outing myself, which is kind of the whole point of the thing. But if I’m totally out, maybe I’ll get in trouble for what I say here in the mind-bendingly small community that is art and entertainment.

It’s a conundrum.

I think, for the moment, I’m going to refrain from using proper nouns and see how far that gets me. If you guess who I am and which companies I’m talking about, so be it. I don’t think I’ll die. Probably, anyway. I guess we’ll see.

So now that I’ve gotten that sorted out, I can tell you my awesome news. I got a gig assisting a costume designer for a tv miniseries being shot in West Virginia.

Ahem. Excuse me, let me rephrase to show my true feelings on this subject a bit more clearly. HOLY CRAP I GOT A GIG ASSISTING A DESIGNER FOR A FREAKING TV MINISERIES OMG OMG OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS IS MY LIFE.

So yeah. I’m excited. It’s basically my dream foot-in-the-door job*. And the way I came about it still makes my head spin because honestly, even three years in the business, I had my doubts about the efficacy of “networking.” Mainly because if I’m cognizant of the fact that I am at that moment supposed to be schmoozing, I suddenly become a hulking, painfully awkward nuisance who is more than likely standing creepily at the edge of a group and laughing at all the jokes but not actually introducing herself or looking anyone in the eye for more than an apologetic/also creepy glance.

That said, if I just think I’m catching up with old friends/coworkers I’m totally fine and only as awkward as usual**. So thankfully a week or so ago I remained in the latter category when I ran into a director I have worked with a few times over the past few years at the fundraiser for my show that opens in a week***. My renewed career as a freelancer came up, and I asked her to keep me in mind if she heard of any jobs floating around. That night she emailed me the post for this gig, the next day I emailed the designer in question, and the day after that she emailed me saying she would love to work with me.

And just like that, I got the best/best paying gig I’ve ever had.

This is the gig I was talking about a few posts ago when I said I had to burn every bridge I had forged this fall, and just hope that I would not be blacklisted from DC/Baltimore/DelMarVa theater****. So now I’m about to go on this wild ride and I’m not remotely ready, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. But it’s a thing that is about to happen, and I guess I’ll find out once and for all if I’m cut out for film.

*Ok well, one of them. I have a lot of dreams for a lot of jobs. I plan on living a very full and ever-changing life.
**Which is to say, mainly in realm of “funny/quirky,” and only crossing the line to inappropriate or weird in a weird way a socially acceptable number of times.
***Having trouble not advertising for this right now because I think it’s going to be AWESOME and want everyone to see it. Maybe this whole anonymity thing is the pits after all.
****So far so good. Also, four asterisks is just too many.

Post Script for the Night

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

So, when I walked in to work at the theater at which I am a house manager*, it had been lightning-ing with threat of rain. A few minutes after I stepped inside, it was MONSOON SEASON with threat of tornado. From the moment the first act went up til after the third act came down, the skies were completely dry. As soon as I got my coat to head out the door, it was monsooning again, and stayed that way through my entire white knuckled** drive home. In the minute it took me to park and grab my things, out was as if the rain never was. It’s now pouring again.

WTF Maryland, W.T.F.

*I could (and let’s be honest, probably will) write an entire post on the differing job titles I hold/actively pursue. Freelancing, man. It’s not for the one trick pony.
**I don’t do lightning, y’all. And don’t even talk to me about tornados. We don’t talk about tornados here at this blog.

Things That Are Happening Currently

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

1) I am writing this from my new phone that I HATE (just you wait til tomorrow little bugger, the iPhone goes on sale and I’m still within my 14 days!)*

2) The first show I’m really excited about having designed goes up in a week**

3) Our living room is currently in our kitchen and bedroom because Mr. B is in the process of giving us sweet new floors/himself some horrible lung disease I’ll have to deal with in 40 years
3a) The cats are mad

4) School starts tomorrow and I haven’t ordered my book yet

5) I got an amazing opportunity job that forced me to burn every bridge I built this fall. (Thankfully all those bridges admit they would make the same choice so no hard feelings.)

6) Autocorrect probably just made this post RIDICULOUS
6a) This phone utilizes “swype” technology and actually it’s kind of awesome

7) I’m at work right now

*Great now I feel guilty for making the phone feel bad. Its not your fault you were made by a third rate company riding on HTC’s tails!
**Have I mentioned yet that I’m a costume designer? That will happen. You’ll catch on.

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