It's kinda Fun...
Performed with these guys tonight - awesome! They basically needed cute girls to hold a spinning drum... it was cool! I met some fun people and I got paid, it was fun! They were hired to perform at a Nuskin Convention at the Energy Solutions Arena. (lots of asians haha).
I also got a copy of my latest voice over back,. It's kind of fun :)... I have a cool life
Last week I had surgery... on my face. Basically my upper jaw was too little and too far back for my teeth to fit together right, so they made it bigger and pulled it forward. It was quite invasive and I looked really silly for the entirety of last week. It was just funny though. I looked like a character from Wallace and Grommit which my family and myself found quite hilarious.
I went back to teaching today though, and I'm still a little bit swollen - the following were my favorite comments for the day
Teaching was awesome though, I had forgotten how much I love those girls.
When I got home I responded to an email asking for 8 attractive girls to submit headshot and res, to get paid to basically stand around at a convention. A friend of mine is doing some choreo for the same convention so after submitting I shot her a text to see if it was her thing and that if so I was available. And in the next 30 minutes I had gotten the job. Turns out it wasn't her exact thing but she was with the casting director when I texted and she told him he should call me (thanks Bon!). So boom. Stand around for 6 hours - $450. AND I rescheduled all my students so I don't lose anything from it either.
Then I went to the rehearsal for that, and then I went shopping for costume accessories, and now I'm home getting ready to go to sleep. Today rocked. And I have to say that this morning, I was really havin' a rough time, and I prayed that Heavenly Father would help me to feel better and get past it. And I know I shouldn't base my happiness on career success, and I don't. But a little providence like that gig today, in any area of your life, is pretty awesome and I want to give Him credit for it. So Thanks God, you're seriously the best.
Also... my face is less and less swollen everyday and I'm excited to not look like Chicken Run anymore.
Well that's all there is...
Today today today. Today was a little rough at first. I woke up later than I wanted and that always makes me anxious. Taught some lessons, came home, got some shtuff done. I picked out choreo music for my classes. Then I went to teach and I was pretty ornery. I just need to be more prepared and passionate about it. Then it'll just be fun. My tap class was surprisingly full. It's fun when there are a lot of them. I have more to offer. And the students are my age and skill level in other forms of dance, so they're easy to communicate with and they're professional.
Yesterday one girl Marli was asking me about New York. She's a very powerful, earthy presence but she's tall so she's looking into being a Rockette... it doesn't seem like it would be right up her alley of what she's best at. But she could do it, she's tall enough, skilled enough, it would be a worthwhile experience. It was fun to talk to her about what's important and what's not. I encouraged her to move with someone she knew and find a job with great people she cared about. I can stand by that.
I also may be doing a voice over gig tomorrow. It was a last minute thing. My cousin heard about someone whose boss needed an actress to do an Irish accent... yada yada... I called and got a call to leave a message of the copy on this guy's machine. The studio time is tomorrow. I would have to cancel some lessons that I already reschedule once before. It might be worth it though. I told the guy I was $100 an hour - which is my regular price for instrumental gigs... but I'm not sure if that's competitive or too much or anything. It came flying out of my mouth before I could stop it haha. So I followed up with "but what's your budget?" I don't know it would be awesome and a good thing to add to my voice over reel -- but I'd also have to stand up my student and my cousin is getting married tomorrow and there's all these events through the day... :S. They don't conflict but it still makes me nervous.
I also had another business coaching with Emily Grace yesterday. Which was awesome. All about Marketing! Good stuff. We did some fun brainstorming. I feel like we would be great friends if we just met randomly.. not to say that we aren't as is... but ya, she's awesome.
Well that's all there is...
Exciting vs. Frustrating
RIght now I'm exploring a schedule structure for things, i.e.: original song video blogs once a month, cover videos once a month, Newsletter once a month etc.. I had decided that blogs everyday might be a little overwhelming so this entry is supposed to cover the last week. But I'll be honest, it's more overwhelming to look back on the entire WEEK and try to pick out what mattered and what didn't. Those daily blogs were feelin' good. Besides that, if this is a career blog I'm proud to say that I'm getting so much done that if I tried to mention even just the big things all in one post, it's gonna be a dang-too-long-post! So in the future, a loose commitment to daily-ish blogs makes more sense for now.
The big things for teaching this week are both exciting and frustrating. First the exciting: recitals. It's so fun to tell a student we're having a performance because suddenly you can see exactly how they feel about lessons and/or their skill level. Some know exactly what they want to play and cannot wait, some do NOT care at all, and then the worst are those who are petrified and suddenly can't think of a single thing they like about music because they can't believe they have to be on stage in front of someone. It's fun. The frustrating thing?
Well, I went to take class Wednesday night and Bonnie was working out an audition routine on the class - she does that kind of thing a lot so I didn't think anything of it. I was really not in my body and not feelin' it that day so I was having a hard time nailing it, and cut out a little early from class. Then the next day, I teach at the studio from 4-7, and guess who's hanging out outside in the hallways? All the company kids and a bunch of spandex-clad-twenty-somethings prepping to go into this audition, that Bonnie's holding AT THE STUDIO, for a NUSKIN COMMERCIAL, that I was spoon fed the choreography for the night before, and where am I?? Stuck in a studio, being a really good teacher to 7 year olds. Apparently Bonnie had announced the audition in class, right after I cut out early ... BAH!!! Needless to say this experience was... really annoying, and made me question the viability of teaching as a flexible survival income. I still think it is, but I questioned it.
But on a more inspiring note, I have gigs!! October 30th, 7:00 PM in Utah Valley at my favorite- The Awful Waffle! I need to think of ways to make this halloween-ish and advertise it in a really fun way. Then November 8th in Salt Lake at Sugarhouse Coffee during the Sugarhouse Art Walk, 6:00 PM. Also, right after that set I get to split and go to the Tierney Sutton concert as a birthday gift from my parents... they are the best. Anyway keep your eyes peeled for more details on those shows but for now put em in ya calanda! It's gonna be a treat!
Also! I'm working on building my profile to this website : patreon.com. Go check it out! I need to shoot an intro video and figure out some rewards and stuff but I think it's the best idea ever... or at least one of them. ok I'm tired and I'm not gonna proofread this so don't judge, xo
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer, Instrumentalist, Teacher ... and lover of all things quirky and inspiring.