Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Dreaming Again

What can I dream up for 2007? What do I most want to get accomplished? Who am I and where am I going. Lots of of the same questions from last year and the year before. I would like 2007 to be the year that I transition out of street performing back into Club, Corporate and Entrepreneurial Work.

From a mental, physical, and emotional standpoint, I'm ready to start dreaming again. Boy, it's been a long time. I guess Seattle Magic was my last great brainstorm. Actually packing up and moving to LA to revive my career and be with the woman I love, was the best idea in a long time.

One of my New Years Resolutions was to be done with the brow beating and self loathing I've been doing with regard to my divorce (4 years ago) and issues with my kids that are what they are. So I will fill my heart with love, continue to keep a smile on my face and prepare to work harder than I ever have before to make good.

The biggest difference these days is Polly. She just went back to work after having a 3 week break for the holidays. Although I worked, we spent A LOT of time together. . . it was great. Nothing like love to bring back a wilted flower.

What are the dreams for 2007? The one man show, I've had in the back of my head is a good start. Prospecting some nightclubs and making some sales calls is certainly on the menu. Seeking representation and working on some new promo all exciting bullets on the agenda. I even have delusions of writing and selling a screen play. There is a neat club at the a City Walk called "The Rumba Room", wouldn't mind pitching them a magic, dance and musical revue show.

Anything is possible. I live in the city of dreams. The nice part of my life is that while all the pieces of the puzzle are fitting together, I just continue to do what I'm doing to make ends meet. I was thinking that after finding a small theater to perform the one man show in, that my street performing would be a great way to get the word out and HYPE the show. Nothing better than a demonstration, that's what I say.

Today it will hit 84 degrees. Another day in paradise blue skies and sunny. Will probably watch the sunset in Santa Monica them work the Promenade.

Great session a year ago • Click Here

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Thoughts from an aging busker

After months of persistence, I am now street performing at the Universal City Walk. The short 10 minute drive from the house and the parking pass they gave me, make for nice perks as I spend $7 a day, to park when I work Santa Monica or Venice Beach.

Friday was great, I worked a 12-5 in the Fountain Court and 6-10 in front of a store called Lush. Last night I worked a 6-10 at Tour Plaza. A spot that didn't really work so well for me, but I made due. There was a guy getting HUGE crowds, he was quite good at building and keeping his crowd. His music was blowing me out, so I just cranked up my shit to where I could hear the show I was trying to get going. I don't like being that way, but that's what I've learned here in LA.

Pretty happy with my performances lately. The best thing about the City Walk is the spacing of the acts throughout their property. There were two other magicians out there last night. I talked to one older guy named Alphie, of the tricks I saw him perform as I walked by, were the sponge rabbits and a 3 card monte routine. He had no amplification and kept his crowd tight around his table.

Sidewalk Show or Circle Show. . . that is the question?

OK I'm a sidewalk show. . . that want's to be able to morph into a larger show when need be. Standing on the stool to perform the rings is a good way to become more visible. I just need to continue crowd building before I launch into the finale.