Catching up

24 Oct

It has been an extremely long time since I published any content to this site. I’ve been waffling – do I keep Cute and Paranoid as a persona (though, let’s be honest, I am still both of those things)? Do I pick a shiny new blog with a sleek minimalist template? What sort of content do I want to be putting out there these days?

A lot has happened in the time that has passed and I’m due to provide an update. I think there’s something to be said for accountability – both to oneself and to others. That idea of writing down your goals and sharing them.

Most recently, I accomplished my biggest goal to date: I performed my one-woman show, SHIKSAPPEAL: Getting the Chosen to Choose Me, in  the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. I sold out my run (6 shows) and was reviewed by The Jewish Daily Forward (!) and Indie Theatre Now declared the piece a Reviewers’ Pick. All of this felt absolutely fantastic.

As with all accomplishments, the question that inevitably follows is: What next?

I wish I knew. I can tell you what I’ve done since my show closed on August 26, 2012:

  • I wrote a ton of thank you notes and follow-up postcards to donors, industry and press.
  • I went out on 2 commercial auditions.
  • I gained about 10 pounds.
  • I switched from Bare Minerals to MAC make-up. Yes, this is worth mentioning.
  • I went back into stand-up immediately. I had four shows in October. That’s not enough.
  • I had meetings with my director and dramaturg re: next steps.
  • I met with a Jewish comedy colleague who is thinking about taking SHIKSAPPEAL to a synagogue
  • I took a workshop about attaching a workshop to your solo show, creating an interactive experience
  • I’ve thought a lot about THE NEXT SHOW and what that will be.
  • I saw Mike Birbiglia’s film, Sleepwalk with Me, at IFC, followed by a Q&A with Birbiglia and Ira Glass. Amazing. Inspiring. Funny.
  • I’ve pared down my possessions quite a bit. I feel like I can think better when I’m not thinking about all the stuff in my home.
  • I went to the gym about 5 times. Which is 5 times more than I’d gone in the six months prior.
  • I amassed some debt. I’ll say it. I’m not proud of it. Not at all. Every year, I seem to end up completely broke in October. Right before the holidays.
  • In addition to all the open mics and shows, I’ve seen a lot of stand-up, which feels great. I’m always learning. Tonight is Louis CK. I can’t wait.

I’ve kept a food diary since 2007. This food diary evolved into a spreadsheet containing food consumed (and calorie count), money spent, exercise and what I’ve done towards my career. I think I’ll be providing a snapsot of this data here, moving forward. Another way to hold myself accountable. If I’m going to remain in limbo, figuring out what happens next, what the Next Big Thing is, I might as well account for my time.


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