November is here! Teaching Shakespeare is in full effect, Shampagne production is going well, That Bachelorette Show has added me to the permanent cast, a wedding in Philadelphia and a lovely vacation in Greensboro for Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!! This month, the mantra of being consistent and persistent continues! Onwards my friends, 2016 will be here before we know it.
A major reason why I was MIA last month, is because my Dad was in town! We got to spend a long weekend together, visiting museums, eating amazing food, watching great theatre, and having a large slice of home at Stella Adler when my first class of acting students took the stage. I don’t want to gush about how great the visit was, how I had not seen Dad since February, yada yada yada. Instead, I’ll do what I do best, show you in pictures!!!
An Etching —
it’s a softened slope
a warm canvas waiting for my paintbrush to fill it with movement, feeling and completion.
it has a mind of its own
a rhythm, a cadence, a time signature that is hard to understand
but as my study delves into its intricate layers, i find the the familiar
a gripping pulse that leads me to use my hands
giving my finger pads permission to explore on my terms
for its benefit.
a living, breathing form takes shape
the beat that lives within it begins to capture my heart
including me in its breath
“breath” being the only word i can think to describe it
because once it has taken hold i barely give it a second thought
i have already acknowledged it has burrowed into my skin
preparing its new home for your paintbrush, your vision, your melody
the painting you choose to etch into my body, my heart, my soul
Well, with Daylight Savings Time and Election Tuesday behind us and Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday coming up fast I definitely feel safely ensconced in November. The weather is still being a tad wishy-washy, not sure if it wants to remain crisp and cool or warm and humid, but fall is here to stay! It’s always a sharp slap in the face when the sun has vacated the sky after 5pm, especially considering that’s when I happen to go to work, but there really is nothing like this downhill journey to the end of the year.
I’m writing this month’s theme on very little sleep. I admit the time change always sends me through a loop, and my body is never really sure what it wants to do with itself, yet as I laid in bed ticking off the minutes my brain was rapid firing a to-do list for the upcoming weeks.
My poor Fall Firsts page, I have not forgotten you I promise. I’ve just been consumed with my various day jobs and a couple of one-off performances in between, to really focus on my fall bucket list. Lucky for me, I have until the winter solstice to check off as many of the items as I can.
Remember that exciting project I hinted at last month? Well, after finishing step one, and taking a prolonged, procrastination-riddled pause, I started back up last night and hope to finish the developmental stages of this by the end of the month. (Still keeping this under wraps until I’m further along).
Finally, the acting thing. The main reason why I decided to stay in New York City is to really find my footing in the performance world, whether that be on stage (my true love) or screen (a new friend). I have the tendency to approach my career in waves, completely focused for long spurts and then taking a nice “sabbatical” from the scene until ready to venture out again. While the last two projects I was involved with were wonderful experiences, I now yearn for more meaty and substantial projects. Hopefully, a new connection I’ve started to foster can grow into a meaningful relationship, helping me branch out and meet new people from all sectors of the theatre world, but performance is my true love, and it is time for me to give it the attention it deserves.
I am a-knock, knock, knock-in on November’s door and when December hits I will be prepared for 2015 a whole month early 🙂
Cannot wait to be reunited with Erin, Lauren and the rest of the Eppes clan at Grandma’s next week!!! I love Turkey Day in V-I-R-G-I-N-I-A!!!!!