"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Burn, Baby, Burn

I'm part of the LA Fire Brigade and we were chosen out of hundreds (thousands?) to perform in the Great Circle right before the big effigy at Burning Man this year.

I will be spinning my 5 foot staff, lit on fire at both ends, along with my 8 other Rain Dancers, in one  section of our 20 minute piece. There are double staffers, hoopers, poi spinners, drummers, and fire safeties, and we are going to Work It Out!

Am I excited? Hell yes!

photo by Maria Rangel
Here's almost all of us, right before we bow at one of our dress rehearsals downtown.

But BEFORE I leave for the desert, I have a show! This Saturday, August 18th, I'll be performing in yet another Our Time of the Month. If you're a lady, come on down and hang out for a bit. Drink some wine, eat some chocolate, and if you're a guy, hold fast! We're producing our Date Night show and will be selling tickets for that October 6th show soon! (You know, once we're finished writing it. ;)

Have a great next few weeks, ya'll!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Patton Tells It Like It Is

My dear friend Phoenix wrote me:
Take out "comedian" and substitute in "actor/actress" and this is not only one of the most inspiring things you'll read all day, but also follows up nicely with your "Own Your Talent" blog post you wrote a few weeks ago. Solid stuff and it will make you grin! ♥
And here's the accompanying link she sent: Patton Oswalt's Keynote Address at Montreal's Just For Laughs 2012.

Read all of it. Especially if you have a smartphone. And especially in the summer. And even more especially in December and January.