Amalgamation of Life

September Wrap-Up

Well then, let’s check in and see how well I did, shall we?

  • Request to attend the auditions for The 1940s Radio Hour and observe the production staff through decision making
  • Hold down the home front
  • Read five scripts in my desktop folder
  • Develop a new weekly post topic with a theatre focus, similar to my *peek* posts
  • Consistently run three to four times a week — do not allow yourself to get upset if you don’t meet this goal (8K on September 16th)
  • Finish reading and analyze three books for school:Honeyman, R. (2014) The B-Corp handbook:
    How to use business as a force for good. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.Eisenstein, C. (2013)
    The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, North Atlantic Books
    Wicks, J. (2013).
    Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The unexpected journey of an activist entrepreneur and local economy pioneer. Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.
  • Further develop the Scrooge make up with Director
  • Complete the costume design for 1940s
  • Check in on mental health via a) yoga, b) journal-like entry on this blog, c) running capabilities, d) attend more yoga/training sessions and e) time spent with friends and family
  • Enjoy the Netherlands, make an attempt not to feel guilty about missing a class night
  • Identify and sign up for a conference focused on writing, marketing, and consulting skills (if such a thing exists)
  • Plan next trip with my two sets of girlfriends, plan first solo trip, plan next Disney trip with family and/or friends
  • Stay on top of my magazine collection (current count should be zero, hopefully)
  • Sign up for voice lessons with Melisse, the classically trained opera singer
  • Celebrate my birthday – can I get into a Phillies game this year?  (Secret pleasure of mine as a theatre nerd)
  • Supporting my friends’ charity

Overall I have to say that I set out some super lofty goals for myself this past month and couldn’t be more pleased with how well I accomplished a majority of them. I almost had a topic for every day of the month – I lagged a bit at the beginning of the month for posting, but I eventually caught up and exceeded my due dates (not going to lie, even this post was written a few days ahead of schedule). Get ahead while you can – there’s a lesson here.

As a director, when you decide that you’re going to own a show for the next six-nine, if not longer, months – you have to be as prepared for the evitable and inevitable as much as you can (yes I made up a word, sue me, Webster). It’s hard work and it’s even harder to plan but it’s a part of the decision making process. Do I feel like giving up weeknights and some weekends for this amalgamation of props, scenery, actors, staff, leaky roofs, vermin, tech, etc? Is it all worth it going in? No, not really. Is it all worth it coming out? Yes, almost always 100% it is.

I can’t say that I am most excited for when I pick a show – I’m scared to death, I think that’s part of the reason I keep backing away from planning out the large amount of minutia (conundrum city) required of directing a show. When I am ready to do it, which will be soon, it’ll be amazing – I just know it, I can feel it. And here, I find it encouraging and it’s probably why I keep up with this blog and the theatre.

‘Til next time.

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