Category Archives: Journal

Fundraising…. yup..

When I got into acting, I remember someone saying “Oh dear… acting? Actors are beggars.”

That made me feel discouraged and somewhat determined not to ask for help. And, I did well for awhile. I supported my “folly” with side jobs and eventually a decent career in costuming. I earned my “big” bucks on film sets, and then… Continue reading Fundraising…. yup..

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Lumps, bumps, and costuming fun…

Today’s post?

Simply that while Dean, my director, and I rehearsed, re-wrote, found sub stories, philosophized, ate strawberries, and discovered new elements of Dusty Shoes, my friends were laughing it up as they began creating one of my character’s, ‘Madame Rouge’, new outfit.

Dawn Climie and Kevin Harrison are skilled veteran theatre/film costumers I worked with years ago during my costuming career. Who would have thought that ‘flash forward’ they… Continue reading Lumps, bumps, and costuming fun…

Giving anxiety form…

Things continue to rock and roll with the creation of Dusty Shoes. My last post of “Hat Juggling” pretty much sums up what will continue until showtime. However,  doing as much of the producing part before full on rehearsals, and the opening seems to me to be a smart thing to do.

I must admit I was feeling somewhat … Continue reading Giving anxiety form…

Hat Juggling…

Which hat am I wearing currently? That is the question I am most posing myself these days.

I actually love wearing hats, and at one point in my life  was a hat maker (milliner), but that’s another story!

shoehat

These days, however, I’m juggling the producer hat, the marketer hat, the social media “expert” hat, the fundraiser hat, the graphic artist hat, the writer hat, the actor hat, and all the other “normal” life hats. Okay… maybe those … Continue reading Hat Juggling…

Le Retour….

Yes, it’s been awhile since I have written here. I haven’t forgotten about my work, let it go, or anything dramatic. I took a time out to visit my family in Eastern Canada before my summer really took off. It was necessary to do for many reasons.

My parents live in Prince Edward Island, where I spent many years. The energy by the Atlantic Ocean is quite different from the Pacific Ocean sensations. Both bring deep feelings to me.

Kamouraska, Quebec
Kamouraska, Quebec

Now, I am in the countryside in Québec, in a small gentle area called “Kamouraska”. I am fortunate enough to be … Continue reading Le Retour….

A Solo Show Isn’t…

If you think doing a solo show is all about doing everything “on your own”, you’re wrong. Now is the time when you truly need a team more than ever. And, it’s a humbling experience.

On Friday, May 3rd, I marveled at the meeting of minds when I introduced my director, Dean Fogal, to Tom Carter, artist/composer, and now our sound designer. As I suspected the creative juices would start flowing and … Continue reading A Solo Show Isn’t…

Tornado of tasks…

Oh my. The last week has been a whirlwind of activity with Dusty Shoes, and life. In fact, as I write this, my goal is to get to my bed at a reasonable hour tonight. The last two nights have been busy with getting details together for my Regina Fringe Festival information deadline, yesterday. Hmmm… taxes and the Fringe on April 30th.

What did I have to have ready? Well…. Continue reading Tornado of tasks…

First Dusty Shoes Interview!!

Today marks another milestone for Dusty Shoes! My first official online interview regarding my show.

Seeing as I haven’t finished writing, it is a bit unnerving pulling together a “press release” and intelligent, informed answers.  You still want to give enough information to create curiosity but not too much that you can’t … Continue reading First Dusty Shoes Interview!!

Back to the drawing board… sort of…

April 16, 2013

Today I gave myself the whole day to work on the play. My only outside task was to get my Dad’s parcel off for his birthday, which I did.

I started off in a cafe for a couple of hours, then hunkered in on my bed (a room with a door) and dove into the read through feedback. I must admit that I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with ideas, contradicting opinions, and all the work still ahead of me. But, I know it’s to be expected. And, even a lot of good ideas can still overwhelm!

writing

Today I examined the script from a couple of perspectives. Continue reading Back to the drawing board… sort of…

The Next Stage…s…

It’s two evenings since my first public read-through of Dusty Shoes, a work in progress.

Reading a fun character! (Photo by CharaBerk Photography - another talented actor & friend)
Reading a fun character! (Photo by CharaBerk Photography – another talented actor & friend)

How am I now? What have I done since?

I thought I would sleep like a baby after my full, adrenalin and friend filled evening, but no. My brain decided to start re-writing as I lay in the dark begging for a solid sleep as I had to rise at 5:55 a.m. the following morning. No grand ideas came from the dozy re-write attempt. That’s okay. I really did need to get to sleep. Continue reading The Next Stage…s…