I hope each and every one of you are having a wonderful festive holiday season, regardless of what you celebrate (…or don’t celebrate!). Personally, I try to make the holidays about spending time with the people I’ve neglected throughout the year while touring. I’m not a fan of the consumerism surrounding the season, although in the past I have enjoyed many a wonderful pre-holiday shopping busking day. These days, however, I get too cold easily, I’m often too busy or booked with other events performing to get back out there on the street to do some winter shows. This year, I tried valiantly to make it out on the street to remind holiday shoppers to stop and smell the roses, but, sadly, I ended up being caught up in the frenzy of the season myself!
I do think, however, it is important to take some time out to do something selfless is important during a season where price tags and purchases demonstrating degrees to which we love one another take precedence. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to work with the lovely Mariatu Karmara in a fundraiser for her charity, The Mariatu Foundation. It was my first foray into event planning. Typically, I’m hired to perform at events, but, having spent enough time in the industry, I figured that when Jason Dudek of speak on behalf of ADW and screen films I had made while working in Africa last year (for those of you interested, you can check out a reasonable version of my short, ‘What is Development’ here on Youtube). Maybe if you’re lucky, I’ll cut together the video of my talk. Although…how would that reflect upon a website for a mime artist? 😉
Speeeeaking of work, which is probably why you are reading this, you’re all probably anxiously awaiting any updates about future tours and new work. Well.. currently, I’m in a ‘professional development’ phase, which means, of course, I am working on some AMAZINGLY exciting new material, collaborating once again with my talented prop-builder on something wickedly cool and new, as well as firming up my winter tour that will begin in March! As it was, over the holidays, I got picked up to perform in a wonderful film that is being directed by an amazing director, and that is being shot by a DP who has worked for Guy Maddin! It’s been a great process and I’m excited by the final piece when it reaches completion. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be a good one!
While I’m loathe to make ‘resolutions’ at an arbitrary time of year, I wonder: what are YOUR plans for 2012? Mine involve reaching some fitness goals, building some new material and lining my career up for growth and change. I like to look at it as an overall process as opposed to a final goal that needs to be met. So much less pressure, don’t you think? Still, whatever your goals happen to be, I wish you all wonderful luck and hope you have a GREAT New Year!