Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 181

Spent a lot of time on the phone attempting to set up appointments for when I return to NY to handle business for my Mom. I learned some new info today as I entered the world of geriatric care managers. One of the things that struck me was how a case manager assured me that she could find ways of taking care of my Mom without us having to use our own money and without losing all of our assets yet the cost for this is astronomical. There is a price to pay for living longer. I'm not saying that we shouldn't try to live as long as possible, but at what point does one get to enjoy all that they have worked for and not have to worry about people taking advantage of them? I hope I'm making sense because this is quite confusing to me. I wish my Mom had a family that was willing to work together to help take care of her. They say it takes a village but our village has a very small population. Except for my beloved Danny and my godbrother Harvey every one else expects payment for their services. And this little home attendant I hired is taking us for a ride too. I called my mother's house today, they were at the doctor's and the answering machine wasn't even on. That may sound petty, but for what I am paying her, that phone should never go unanswered. People had been over to the house yet no one has seen her. If I cut her pay like I want to, she needs to work for the next three weeks and not expect a check from me. When I get back to NY, I'll take it from there. This is just a rant tonight people....a stream of consciousness.
Wanted to wash my hair for my big prom scene on Thurs. but now I have two auditions tomorrow (you know I'm grateful). As some of you know, the hair thing is a two day event. Now I will just have to tighten up the front and hopefully pile it all up on top of my head.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 180

Ooooo my feet are killing me! That's what happens where you have an 11 1/2 hour day on set. I am not complaining...I love my work. I've been working on the film PROM for about six weeks now and even though I have not worked every day I truly feel like a member of this family. Everyone has been wonderful and I'm so excited about this project. Some may say I have a small role, but my character has a very strong presence even though she may not say much. When she does speak, it's powerful. Underneath she has a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. I can't wait to see what Disney has in store for the promotion of this film. Shhh, I can't talk about it yet. Just keep your eyes and ears open.
On a not so happy note, I realized today that I have been bamboozled by my mother's home attendant. I have been paying her for hours she has not been working and she knows it. I however, have to take responsibility for not paying attention and saying anything sooner. This is all new to me as I've said before and I refuse to beat myself up for making a mistake. As my godbrother said this evening..."time to re-negiotate". So tomorrow the home attendant and I will have a little talk and her hours and pay will be cut. I will also have to check up on her more often. Every day, every hour, every 5 minutes if I have to. It's so sad. I always want to believe that people want to do the right thing. It's time to start adding more professionals to the team to help me figure this stuff out. I did what I had to do at the time. After I finish working on this film, we take this caregiving thing to the next level.
On a happier note, my mother seems to be more willing to prepare for the future and she appears to be do doing much better. She doesn't have to go back to the doctor for her knee for another 3 months. It's all good and it's all God. Right Boo?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 179

A beautiful relaxing Sunday. Preparing for work on the Disney film tomorrow. 6AM call in Northridge. Looks like we will be working on one scene all day. Almost all of the main characters are in this scene and I'm sure it will be quite exciting. It's day 26 out of 30 which means the film will be wrapping up on Friday. I may have one or two more days of work this week. It's been a fun project and I can't wait for all the hype to begin.
I must get a copy of The Back-Up Plan so I can add it to my new demo reel. Projects, projects...always projects. New demo reel, website updates, promo material for college gigs, etc. It never stops and I love it!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 178

I love being at the center of creativity. At LATC today I was right there in the vortex. It's a great feeling to be around so many talented artists and really get to enjoy the work, the process, the energy. I didn't have be in performer mode, I just got relax and take it all in. One of the highlights of the day was seeing the 10 minute plays two of which were written by Arthur French III. I know him from New York where I worked with his father. I remember Arthur III as a young boy. Now he's a grown *ss man and a playwright following in his father's footsteps. I love that! It was so inspiring I feel like I want to write a 10 minute play to submit for next year. Yeah right, like I need another project. Well now that I've put it out there, let's see what happens.
In two separate conversations, I chatted with my Beloved and our Hawaiian Paradise Goddess Ayin about our trip to Maui in December. It will be the vacation of a lifetime. I've done a ton of traveling but most of the time it was to visit family or to perform (which makes it a job. a fun job, but work nonetheless). This will be a long overdue vacation for me and my Boo. I wanted this birthday to be special but it's becoming more than I could ever dream of. GOD is good.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 177

No, I didn't meditate before I went to bed last night, but I did say a prayer before I went into my audition this afternoon. Sometimes I think I need to stay away from this new agey stuff. Yesterday my chakra healing revealed that my third eye and crown chakras were closed indicating that my intuition and connection with God needed some work. So of course I spent all day thinking about this. I am not the kind of person who needs to hear that I'm not doing enough of something. I know my connection to God is open. I pray through music, my thoughts, other people, CDs/DVDs, quiet time, books, etc on the daily. And if all I need is faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains, I've got that and more. I think what could be shut down is my willingness or ability to Let Go and Let God. I tend to feel overly responsible for things that are out of my control and so I try to fix whatever I think is broken. I need to pray for faith in God's will and then move out of the way. It's difficult, but I'm gonna work on that.
I do miss having a church home and singing in a choir has been coming up a lot lately...hmmmm...God's will? I will be still and know.

A Clear Channel - Day 176

Living my life like it's golden. Auditioned for the role of a doctor today. I actually felt like I could get this one. Usually I'm the nurse and until now that felt right. There's been a shift in my perception and I feel like I'm moving on up! Of course I will book it because the shoot dates conflict with my trip to New York. We'll see what happens.
Drove down to Long Beach for a chakra healing. That was interesting. Discovered that I could use some work on my connection with God. I know I often forget to pray although I meditate but inconsistently. I do feel a little lost without a church home and I'm unsettled about what to do with my tithes in the interim. I'll work on that. Thank God I have a praying man in my life. Without getting on my case, he reminds me to pray. He leads by example and for that I am grateful.
After my chakra healing, I met with my friends Jack and Eric and we had cuban food, then went to Hot Java for coffee and dessert. It was fun to hang out there and not have to do a show. A lot of the locals know me from hosting Laugh-A-Latte and it was nice to be able to sit, chat and get to know them for a change.
Maybe I'll meditate before I go to bed. Tomorrow I'll let you know if I did.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 175

I was having such a wonderfully relaxing day at home I decided to blow off my drum class and going to play cards. I took care of stuff that I knew I wouldn't get done if I wasn't at home. I paid some bills, balanced my checkbook (partially), prepared for my audition, and made a special compilation of itunes for me and my sweetie. After that and a steamy little conversation with him I booked a flight to New York. (hearing Oleta Adams' "GET HERE" in my head)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 174

Nice relaxing Tuesday. My intention was to go to hoop class this morning, but I just have trouble making it to that 10AM class. Danny called me twice to wake me up and finally suggested I just go take a walk when I get up. That's exactly what I did. Took a nice long walk to downtown Santa Monica, came home and got ready to go have dinner with my dear friend and brother Chris. We always have a nice time together and it was fun telling him all about my new love. I'm so proud of Chris. He just graduated with his Masters Degree and is officially a therapist! He got a great job that he loves just after graduation. Awesome! He deserves it. Now we just have to find him a partner. I want to see him with someone special. I hope my Danny story was inspirational. You just never know when and where love will appear. I'm so grateful I was ready. I think that's the key. God will give you what you need when you're ready.
Just finished reading a film script for an audition on Thursday. This would be a great supporting role as a doctor. OK Lord, I'm ready.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 173

I have a bit in my act about people mistaking me for the Pine Sol Lady. What they don't know is that she is a good friend of mine. She lives in San Francisco and whenever she's in town it's like a holiday. I always look forward to getting together with her cause we do all my favorite things: eat great food, tell great stories, laugh and play cards. Her name is Diane and she was here shooting a pilot for what I pray is a huge boost to her already successful career.
All this newness about caregiving for my mother is encouraging me to take a look at getting my papers in order, so today I had someone come over from a long term care insurance company so I oculd ask him some questions. Of course he had some questions of his own and I applied for the insurance. In the event that my Beloved and I get married, I even inquired about us too.
So this is what being grown-up is all about.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 172

Why do I think I need to keep taking workshops that I believe will accelerate my show business career to the next level only to be disappointed time and time again? What is that all about? Yesterday I took part 2 of a workshop that I swore I would not attend. I was disappointed, angry even when it was all over yet I want to take part 3. Somehow I think the answer to my question is there. In the meantime I feel that the workshop leader is a scam artist and is just taking people's money for some "theory" he made up. And there I am....drinking the koolaid. Unbelievable.
All I can say is, I know when I do my comedy workshops I make sure I deliver on my promise. So far, no one has been disappointed and I have a waiting list for my next session. I need to stop giving away my money to people who can't help me. It's time to give back and I won't take advantage of people.
Last night I hosted Laugh-A-Latte for the first time in 3 months and boy did it feel good to be home. The energy was high, comics were great and the audience appreciative. Part of me feels the need to expand it, take it to another level and part of me is happy with the show the way it is. Think I'll let spirit guide me on this one.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 171

What a beautiful day. I worked on a side project for the Disney film. Sorry I can't reveal any details but I love the way they are including my character as much as possible. I'm very excited to be a part of this movie. Now let me shut up before I say too much. After my shoot, I stopped to get some ahi tuna for dinner then went home, prepped for Laugh-A-Latte and sorta rushed to prepare my food so that I could go meditate. So there I am on a Friday evening sitting in traffic in a car facing AWAY from the ocean feeling a little stressed because I might be late. I had to have a little chat with my self. Why was I willing to drive across town, in traffic, on a Friday and pay for a meditation and channeling session? I know I have a full day tomorrow with an all day acting workshop and hosting my comedy show in the evening. It took me exactly one exit to decide to turn around and come back home where I have all the peace and serenity I need right here. I have enough new age/soundscapes music to open a store and didn't I just share the other day that I joined Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation Challenge? Oh, but first I took that $20 I was going to give to the channeler and put it in my gas tank.
Having another little chat with myself..."Girl, light that candle and start chanting." OOOOOOOMMMMM....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 170

Had a voice over audition this afternoon. What a mouth full! Lots of dialogue that had to fit into 30 seconds. Booth director was nice enough to give me 5 takes. He'll edit the best parts of each and I will sound fabulous!! One thing I learned...I don't like the headsets. It distracts me to listen to myself while I'm talking. It may work for some roles, but not for this one. Figured that out on take #5. Whew!
Then I headed home making a couple of stops along the way. Found myself in a jewelry store inquiring about what size I ring I wear just in case someone wants to buy me one. In case that someone is reading this....I wear a size 8.

A Clear Channel - Day 169

Spent the morning washing and braiding all this hair. Running out to a voice over audition. I called my voice over agent yesterday because I hadn't heard from them in a while and wanted to let them know I was in town "just in case" they forgot. Come to find out I had this audition waiting in my email before I even called. So now I'm going to this audition with all these braids in my hair but it's cool cause I won't be on camera. Tomorrow I will though. Disney has called me in do to some new media stuff for the film I'm working on. I'm so grateful that they are including me in on all the extras. Now, let me go get some mo' work!!

Laugh-A-Latte via @constantcontact

Laugh-A-Latte via @constantcontact

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 168

A productive day at home. Got some laundry done, fixed an awesome lunch, prepped my Comedy Show, made some important phone calls. My buddy Ron came over to help me with my presentation for the colleges and introduced me to a great raw food restaurant right here in my hood of South Central Santa Monica. I always pay him in food for helping me then I get to find out where the healthy places are. Time for me to start making some substitutions.
I just got an email from my friend Kimberly telling me that Dr. Laura is quitting her radio show because "she is tired of not being able to speak her mind without being attacked." Dr. Laura please. You used the word nigger (yeah I said it) repeatedly to a Black caller for no apparent reason, then went on to question her about why it's OK for Black people to use the word but others (white people) can't. That's just the way it is. No one has been able to explain it...it just is. So quit Dr. Laura. You're supposed to be so tough, so big and bad. You didn't even help the caller with her problem (she was in an interracial marriage and wanted to know what to do when her husband's friends make racist comments), you magnified it. You can't stand the heat so get out of the kitchen.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 167

In my morning prayer and meditation today I realized that "A Clear Channel" is only 1/2 of my theme for this year. I don't wish to disclose the other half but I realize that I only have a little over 4 months to make it happen. I still feel like I'm moving in the right direction, but I've had so many huge & unexpected events happen that could throw me completely off track if I'm not careful. So I'm stepping up my game. I must make a stronger effort to commune with God on a daily basis...just special time with him, not all mixed up in my day. Music is prayer for me but I feel I need to use my own words. Praise Him, express my gratitude and ask Him for what I need. My beloved is so good at that and reminds me on a daily basis when I start trippin'.
I found myself in Culver City today with time to kill and all of a sudden I felt a calling from my dear friend Nell Carter. She passed away in Jan. of 2003 (I can't believe it's been that long) and even though I was at her funeral, I never saw where her body was laid to rest. I had a strong urge to visit her today so I did. There she was at a Jewish cemetery, in a mausoleum on top of a six person stack. I couldn't help but comment, "Leave it to you Nell to have us looking up at you. There's nobody higher but God." I thanked her for her friendship and for helping me out of a major jam just before she passed away. She told me to never mention it and today I declared us even. She is definitely one of my angels and I asked her for a special blessing.
I then took myself on a little shopping spree. Gotta keep up with my sweetie. He dresses his *ss off and loves to go out so I gotta keep up. See, my fashion strategy has always been go lots of different places but with lots of different people so I could recycle the same outfits over and over again. Back in New York I could never get away with that. I was always buying something new for the next event. I'm starting to like dressing up again. It's a good thing.
Went to my first Caregiver Support Group at Leeza's Place. I got to share my story and got confirmation that I am doing the right thing. I'm doing all I can and the best I can. That's what makes it right.
At home, I prepared a couple of recipes for the week and ended the day by signing up for Deepak Chopra's 21-Day Meditation Challenge. The message I keep getting is that I must take care of myself more than ever at this stage of my life and that's exactly what I plan to do.

A Clear Channel - Day 166

Nice casual Sunday. Peaceful before the work week begins. By work I mean unexpected auditions and dealing with the rest of the world who have had the weekend off. We don't have weekends in show business. As a matter of fact as a live performer the weekends are our work days, during the week is for rehearsals and pounding the pavement.
Today I did a reading for a screenwriter. Hadn't done one of those in awhile. As you know, I enjoy being a part of the creative process at any point along the way from start to finish. It was cool to see several members of Bill Duke's bootcamp. Hard to believe it was a year ago when we all met and worked together in class. Thank you Aaron for the email blast.
Came home and cooked a delicious salmon and roasted veggie dinner, prepared some stuff to be mailed tomorrow and totally got my praise on with Pandora Radio. That's the internet music site I told ya'll about. I played my gospel station tonight and loved every single song they played!! I had to make myself turn it off to get some work done. I even ordered a CD from amazon.com.
I want to get started early in the morning so I'd better get some sleep. Zzzzzzzzz.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 165

Got up early to meet with my walking group. We went to Descanso Gardens. What a disappointment. It was more of a walk than I thought it would be and far less of a garden. Apparently this was "off season" which makes no sense because all around town I see flowers and beautiful gardens everywhere I look. A staff member told us that the flowers are really pretty in the spring. Does that mean they stop watering in the summer? Couldn't they at least remove the dead roses from the bushes? And the cobwebs? They have some nerve even charging people admission. Well at least I can say I've been there. The camaraderie of the sistahs is always fun.
No drumming class today. There was a special event happening at Motherland Music but it hadn't started when my friend Kimberly and I got there so we went to eat 'cause we were hungry after roaming around among the dead foliage. Won't tell you what we had. Not very healthy but oh so good.
After a little nap, I read a very interesting script that I will be reading for the screenwriter tomorrow. Now I'll go get familiar with my characters, prepare my script and go to sleep thinking about how much I miss my beloved.

A Clear Channel - Day 164

Friday the 13th and it was a good Friday. Took my dear friend David J. out to lunch for his birthday. I was proud of myself for two reasons; I had a nice healthy, delicious salad, and I never mentioned my solo show once (he's my director). It was not a business lunch, although we couldn't help chatting about our acting careers, after all this is Hollywood. We chatted about real life stuff like relationships, elder care and the transition of our beloved pets. Well we are baby boomers. David J. is one of the most awesome people I know and I'm so grateful for our friendship.
Then I went to a commercial audition in valley followed by bid whist with "the girls". After having mediore hands all night, Kimberly and I ran a Boston (my bid) on the last hand. Yeah!

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 163

Started reading the book on proprioceptive writing before I went to sleep last night and ended up tossing and turning for what seemed like hours. I originally thought it would be something I could incorporate into this blog, but it is not. It's a very deep, spiritual, therapeutic type of writing which should remain private and not placed in a position where it can be judged. Obviously this blog is anything less than private. Despite the fact that there are hardly any comments (I wish there were more) I know people are reading. I know who's lurking in the shadows but there are also strangers who check in from time to time. Either way, I know some of you are judging what I write, how I write etc. and I have no problem with that. Believe me, I will never post anything here that I don't want people to know. Or judge. Or comment on. However, if I go the proprioceptive route, I would not be able to be completely honest with myself or anyone else. I would too conscious of my "audience". So I will continue to read the book and save those "writes" for my journal.
Speaking of an audience. I did stand-up tonight for the first time in a while. I did a couple of elder care jokes followed by some tried and true material. I had a good set, nice audience up there in Ventura County and had fun doing some improv, but I must say the best part was hanging out with my buddy Jason Dudey. We enjoyed our road trip. It was long overdue. Thanks Jennie McNulty for the gig!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 162

My beloved was having a bad day today and as he was telling me all about it, I started bombarding him with questions asking for all the details. He got more upset than he already was and hung up on me. Then I got upset, called him back to let him know that and apologized for aggravating him at the same time. We spend the rest of the day apologizing to each other which was kinda funny. See, neither one of us likes drama and we're not ones to wallow in negativity. I'm so grateful we can talk about these moments and get past them in a relatively short amount of time. What I've learned is that I really need to keep my mouth shut. Sometimes it's best to just listen. It may not be easy for me, but I will certainly be more conscious of that in the future.
Then I drove 30 miles to a city I'm not familiar with called Lakewood for a business meeting and the person I was meeting never showed up. I waited 45 minutes. No phone call, no text, nothing. No worries, I got back in my car, drove home and hired someone else to do the job he was going to do. Once again, I was trying to help someone out and they blew it. That seems to be a pattern in my life. I look at it as a sign that he was not the one to do this job. It will get done.
After those events I was more than ready for my drumming class. I almost didn't go because I got so comfortable in my home, but I'm glad I did. I played the best ever! I sometimes lost the beat and some of the combinations were kinda tricky, but I hung in there. I think I may finally have a hobby, something I do just for sheer enjoyment.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 161

I've fallen off the wagon a bit regarding exercise and healthy eating. I was doing so well up until May. I know I have to get back on track. I think part of the problem is, I'm thinking of too many things, too many ways to exercise so I end up doing nothing or taking one class here and there. Maybe I need to just commit to one thing and one thing only. When I was driving up the coast to the beach party on Saturday I saw groups of bikers out early in all their biking regalia and I felt a longing to get on my bike again. I will always remember training for the AIDS ride back in 1995. I was in the best shape of my life. Unfortunately, I was also going through one of the roughest times in my life personally and I think that might be holding me back. I am committed to get over that and get back out there and ride!! Out of all the things I could do to get this body moving, I must say cycling is my favorite. So what's stopping me? The good thing is I'm not gaining any weight, but I'm not losing either. Being the self-help junkie that I am, I just bought a CD called What's Holding You Back? (or something like that). I'm going to check it out tonight before I go to sleep. And I think I'd better join my walking group on Saturday.
D, you are my inspiration.

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 160

This evening I went to a meeting of a fellowship I've been a member of for 6 years. I felt the principles discussed at these meetings could help me with my current situation with my mother: reminding me to take care of myself first, accepting that I am powerless over certain things, turning my will & life over to God, etc. These principles do apply to all areas of my life, but after tonight's meeting I feel I should go to a support group that specifically speaks to my needs as a caregiver. There was one share that I could identify with but overall the atmosphere was a bit depressing. It was a small, dingy room on the P1 level of a parking structure. No windows, no color, and too much air conditioning. I saw some familiar faces and that was nice, but I still left early. I had had enough and I don't want to mention what I had to pay for parking but that was my own fault. I had heard about this meeting many times and always wanted to go. Now I can cross it off my list.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 159

What a relaxing weekend. Yesterday was spent at Paradise Cove in Malibu for my friend Jane's birthday. She is an amazing woman who honored so many more people than just herself. She celebrated her father-in-law with American flags for his service to our country, her husband for his birthday, her parents for their 50 year marriage , her widowed mother-in-law for 85 years of life. She even had acknowledgments for them from The White House signed by Barack and Michelle Obama!! We had a meditation service and a sound healer. We learned the Hip Hop Hula choreographed by Reggie Thornton and lots of other activities. Too much fun. Paradise Cove is cute and apparently a Malibu hot spot but it did get a little crowded. I had a good time people watching as usual.
Today I just chilled at home and added some more music to my Pandora account. Cleaned off my table/desk....what a difference. Now I feel like I have a place eat/work. When you live in a tiny space, a sister has to do what a sister has to do! Next, I'll be clearing off this desk because I started reading my book on Proprioceptive Writing. It's meditation, creativity, spirituality and therapy combined so there can't be any clutter.
I promised my beloved that I would watch last week's So You Think You Can Dance so off I go before I get sleepy...

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 158

Everybody's talking about Pandora.com. The first person to tell me about it was my sweetie. He has it on his phone. Then I heard about it from one of my hoop instructors, now today I read that it's all the rage with the kids. I'm still old school, so I want my phone to just be a phone but I registered with pandora on my desktop and it is so cool!! Thanks sweetie! Pandora is an internet radio station where you can create your own station(s) with only music you like. You put in an artist or a song and they create a playlist with similar music. The only thing is, I thought I would be able to listen while blogging, but I can't.
I got my book today on proprioceptive writing, so it's about to get deep up in here. I've been trying to keep things light and fluffy...let's see how deep I am willing to go.
Didn't blog last night so I didn't get to tell ya'll that I went to see Young Frankenstein at The Pantages with my friend Rob. It was a cute show. I enjoyed it. Went for a drink after and Rob and I caught up a bit. Hadn't seen him in a while, it was good spend time with him.
Today I had a couple of auditions and now I'm preparing for a day at the beach tomorrow. I plan to just a have a day of fun and celebration. It's my friend Jane's 50th birthday. Welcome to the club girl!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 157

Just finished reading a movie script for an audition I have on Friday. I love it when my manager sends scripts because it gives me a real feel for the character within the context of the project. It also gives me something to talk about at the audition. It's a sign of respect when an actor takes the time to learn and understand the story. For me, it gives me even more to work with.
Earlier this evening I had my second drumming class with the teacher I really like. The class was smaller this evening but still fun. It's a challenge, still can't master all of the beats but it gives me something to strive for. I'm going to buy my own drum soon.
Went shopping at Dewberries, Jackie Kennedy's hip and fun boutique on Pico near Fairfax. Bought a really cute dress, some matching jewelry and a gift for my friend Jane. I really like Jackie. She's smart, fun and confident. I will be going back...it's a feel good place.
And my first stop this morning was a Comcast audition. Felt really good. I just know I will be at those callbacks next week. My GEICO commercial is getting plenty of airtime. Check it out on YouTube. It's called A Bird in the Hand. Thank you God!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 156

Today I managed to get the hula hoop around my waist for more than one or two revolutions. I actually waist hooped until I was out of breath. I used the DVD that came with the hoop I bought oh so many months ago. The DVD is a better teacher than the live person I took class with last week. I kept my head and torso up, tucked my pelvis in and before I knew it that hoop was spinning around my waist. I did notice that when I put my left foot out front I had more power than when I lead with my right foot. I would think that my right side was stronger but I did discover in that skills assessment test I had back in May that my left side could very well be dominant. Interesting.
Another piece of good news, I am now officially an artist represented by Adilah Barnes Productions for taking my solo show, FIFTY! It Doesn't Look This Good On Everybody into colleges throughout the United States. I am so ready to do this at this point of my life and career. I've already made an appointment to work on my promotional material next week. Let's do this!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Clear Channel - Day 155

Had a wonderful 11 1/2 hour day on the set of PROM today. I didn't work on the actual film but was honored to be a part of a special DVD bonus written specifically for one of the main characters. An adorable, 6'6" tall, young actor named Nick. For someone his age he is quite focused on his craft and extremely confidant. It was a joy to work with him and chat between takes. He was reading a book on acting that I had to immediately order from Amazon. I haven't read a book on acting in years!!
The book I brought on set with me today was The Complete Elder Care Planner, so you know where my head is at. I am determined to approach this elder care assignment with as much grace, peace, serenity and balance as possible. One of the things I read in my book is something I totally plan to look into. It's a writing technique called "proprioceptive writing" that facilitates emotional health, spiritual awakening and creative breakthroughs. I believe I may have already started this process through blogging every night, but I wish to go deeper so get ready....you're going with me.

A Clear Channel - Day 154

I wonder what significance circles have on my life? They have been showing up a lot lately. In my mandala workshop on Thursday, the drums in my drumming class and yesterday when I walked a labyrinth with my friend Carol Ann. Just an observation but I'm sure the meaning will surface soon. I do know that when I was a little girl, I wanted to live in a round house. That stills intrigues me a bit even though I don't think about it much anymore. I am attracted to architecture that has a roundness to it: lighthouses, towers, etc.
Well, that's all I got for today. Circles. Let's see where they show up next.