July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Oh hey, remember me? No? Ok, yeah, I get that.
So hi. On Sunday afternoon, around 7pm, I stepped off the roller coaster that has been my life since April, and took a moment to look around. Colors were brighter, sounds were clearer, the air felt still. I had not only survived the summer of insanity, but I had done well. I felt like I had gotten away with something.
On May 2, the date of my last entry, I had no idea that I was about to get a call that would set in motion the frenetic, creative, explosive pace of the summer. On May 3 I went on a day trip to New York with the sewing design studio, on May 4 my temp job was very abruptly ended, and on May 5 I went to my best friend’s birthday party for a couple hours before I drove through the night to get to the Jersey Shore, where I spent the next month working 12-17 hour days shooting a feature, then on the way home an extra couple of days in Philly shooting a pilot. And then I was home, back at the studio, and barreling straight into designing three more projects: wigs for an opera, and costumes for two Fringe shows. And then the opera ended just in time for me to design and crew wigs and makeup for a second opera, finish the Fringe shows, sleep very very little, and… then… it was Sunday, 7/22, at 7pm, and I was done. Not a one of these projects did I get more than a couple weeks (some a couple days) before go time, and not a one of them do I regret. This summer I was stretched artistically, emotionally, and physically, and I feel like I’m finally getting in running shape.
Next month will be my one year anniversary of quitting my job and attempting for the second time to be a full time artist. As of today I have not had to seek out or take a non-industry job in three months. Knock-on-keyboard, I’m hoping I won’t have to take any in the near future.
This year my birthday was spent in New Jersey with strangers who were soon to become friends, throwing me a (rockin’ if I do say so myself) party after a 17 hour workday. According to my director, working on your birthday is good luck because it means you’ll get work all year, and so far he wasn’t wrong. I am 26 years old, I am engaged to my best friend*, I am working full time** as an artist, and I can pay my bills. For being the year that I hit rock bottom financially and decided to get all my ish together, one thing at a time, I feel like 2012 has been pretty good to me so far.
Now if I could just get ahold of some health insurance, I would be A-Okay.
*who, as it happens, is just as crazy busy as me so who will actually plan this wedding is anyone’s guess
**plus overtime, if artists got things like overtime