How is it already November? Where did the fall go? I must admit though, I am loving the cold weather. I am one that loves to be cozy and comfy at all times. I prefer being under a mountain of blankets in a chill evening, rather than hot and exposed. Anyone agree?
So quarantine life is still going strong. Been trying to stay afloat with small projects and creations. Currently learning Ariana Grande's "Santa Tell Me" for a virtual holiday performance, trying to plan what I want the video to be and feel confident with the pop tune. Also been working on my audio engineering skills with editing/mixing a podcast. Details about that creation coming soon! Lastly, I've still been doing a little musical theater teaching with Acting for Young People. Currently teaching two virtual classes one day a week. It's nice to have to plan and then teach the kiddos. They truly bring a light to my week, ESPECIALLY after having to live through election WEEK! Can I tell you?! The anxiety and stress of that week was beyond words. The amount of relief I felt hearing the networks finally project a winner on Saturday was the sweetest feeling. On top of that, having the winner be Biden & Harris was like eating the whole cake by myself!
It has been a pretty calm couple months since my last update. Little play readings here and there, some vocals recorded for a "Vote for Joe" tune created by a friend in LA, and the occasional self-portrait photoshoot. I honestly need to do more of those, and one aimed towards headshots for myself. I was reminded by social media that my current headshot, which I took of myself, I took a year ago. The joys of taking my own photos? I can update them whenever I want.
Other than that folks, it has been pretty ok. Other than all the things everyone else is having issues with, I have nothing to complain about. Like the rest of the world, and more specifically the US, I miss seeing my friends, I miss living in my city, I miss going to work in a space that I love and enjoy, I miss being able to go anywhere without any worries about my health or the health of people around me. It is quite obvious and silly to say out loud but sometimes you just have to put it down in words. Then I have to just keep myself busy with things I enjoy and things to move forward my career. It's tough and I can tell myself over and over to keep moving, but it's also just easy to not do anything. But that's ok too! You can let yourself have a bad day, an unproductive day, and that's ok!
I hope you all are still thriving to the best of abilities, staying indoors, away from others, only going out when you absolutely need to, and WEARING A MASK! The only way we will get through this is by working together to get the exposure down and to keep people alive. Stay safe everyone! Love you all!
We have hit August friends. Can you believe it? I can’t. These last couple summer months flew by for me. Primarily because I had the privilege to return to my old teaching job, virtually on Zoom. Acting for Young People welcomed me back with open arms as their Musical Theater Vocal Teacher for the summer. I taught 45 songs to over 200 kids in the span of 8 weeks. As my past years doing this exact job, it was a blast! Not only did I get to teach musical theater but I got expose myself to new music that I hadn’t heard yet too! It truly was an awesome summer session and I can’t wait to see what comes this fall!
Want to know something crazy? Camp ended just on Friday and that same night I get a text from my peach friend who is developing and directing a new musical via zoom. She asks if I can join their read through the very next day to read stage directions as a favor. I said of course! Any exposure to theater I will pounce on. Then about 90 minutes before the read through is set to begin she sends me another text saying they need coverage on a few characters, so I end up reading some fun lines and stage directions. It was a wonderful few hours! I was so grateful for the opportunity. Now, as it turns out, I may be on to stay and play a few of the characters I read. You never know what’s going to come across your lap and if it seems right, just take it and run! I am so grateful for the connections and friends I’ve made these past couple years. They are truly keepers.
Now how is your world and life going? I hope well! I know we are hitting 4.5 months into quarantine life and nothing seems to look like that is going to be changing any time soon. Unfortunately we have people in this country who don’t quite understand that wearing a mask and quarantining will get us out of this pandemic much quicker than just imagining that the virus is just going to disappear. I know that it’s frustrating but keep your head up high. Keep your thoughts positive and keep being safe and trying your best to stay away from people. If you feel the need to socialize, I understand why you would, do it some where open so you can maintain social distancing and wear a mask but still have a good time! Remember, it’s ok to feel suffocated about our situation and it’s ok to feel anxious about the uncertainty of the future, but we can get through it and we can thrive even isolated in our homes. I say this to you all, but also to myself. We can do this together!