And hello blog, it’s been awhile.
I know I say this way too much, but I’ve been busy. It’s good. I’ve officially launched Laughing Cat Productions on Facebook (website coming soon) and have started shooting for Callgirl of Cthulhu, which is a short I wrote and am producing/directing. I’m excited for spring and new developments happening in all areas of life… for example, I’ve been paid for creative work twice in the last week, which is something that I could get used to happening daily, and I am definitely getting closer to that point. And I have more auditions coming up too, including ones for several Fringe projects… it would be nice to do two years in a row of Fringe.
In life-news, I’m like 2 1/2 months out from my wedding, too… Thankfully, all the vendors I’ve been working with have been great! Recently, we decided on Bella Cakes for our wedding desserts, and I was lucky enough to win my flowers, courtesy of Elegant Baskets-Floral & Event Decor Studio. I’m also very excited to have my hair and makeup done day-of by Jamie Hudson at Glam Gorgeous.
Oh, and if you want to have a peek at what Greg and I have in our registry (which we just picked out today) it’s through The Bay, Registry #: 400108637939.
Also, I’ve had two thoughts brewing for awhile that I’ve been meaning to write about, especially for those of you who want to know more about being a successful creative person. One is something that I keep constantly re-discovering, that you absolutely have to know a) what you want and b) how valuable your time and skills are, in order to get the kind of work you want and to be paid accordingly for it. For me, I am happy to do charity shows without pay, provided the money goes to a cause I believe in, for example, but I have a very short list of projects I’d do “for free” at this stage in my career.
Secondly, and this goes for pretty much anyone anywhere… it really pisses me off to have one-sided artistic relationships, where people expect to get attention/support/have me attend their shows/plug their work/etc and then they disappear or go silent when I tell them about my work.
I know I’m not the only person to experience this, and for some reason it seems to be an exceptionally prevalent problem in Toronto where a lot of people are self-absorbed and only care about their own projects. (Straight-up, I know I’ve been guilty of tunnel-vision in the past too, and I am working at getting better at it.) Regardless of who you are, if I like what you’re doing I’ll want to support you in whatever you’re doing, but when you consistently never come to any of my shows and still expect me to come to yours… then you’re getting onto thin ice.
Same with sending Facebook pages to like, to be honest. I’ve been really innundated with “like my page” requests lately from people I never talk to and who (despite having been invited) have never come to a show or screening of mine or liked my Facebook pages. And I want to tell you all now – that’s just not cool. It’s not the way to build friendships OR fans, to be honest. I want to support everyone everywhere doing awesome art – but I can’t do one-sided, energy-leeching anything anymore.
In other words, the bottom line here is that you get what you give (and this doesn’t just go for people in creative fields) so give what you want to receieve.
That said, ranting aside, life has been pretty sweet for me as of late. I am super-grateful to everyone who’s been an active support to me (both in my career and personal life) to this point – you guys are seriously the best, and here’s to more to come, coz this ride’s just started. <3