After finishing up my summer stock contract, I was just moseying around my apartment, packing for my big trip across the pond. I had some extra time with nothing really to do, so I reached out to some local overhire opportunities as well as some of the theatres I used to work for to see if they had any job I could do.
Lo and behold, one did!
The Omaha Community Playhouse was one of the first places I worked after graduating from undergrad. I enjoyed the people and theatre there very much. They were one of the places I contacted, and they snapped me up very quickly. Originally I went in just to bring to life some of their older Christmas Carol wigs (they were balding and needed some ventilating).
Once I was there working, the resident designer asked if I would style some wigs for the upcoming musical, Sister Act. I said, "I can do that!"
Next I was asked by the associate designer to style a wig for her show, To Kill A Mockingbird. Again, I said "I can do that!"
It is important to me to say "yes" as much as I can. That small little word opens so many doors and opportunities. Not only did I style the wigs for Sister Act, but working with the designer, she had me design then as well. This lovely design credit and experience would never have happened if I had not have said "yes".
I have been traveling recently for school as well as personal holiday, so my posts have been lacking. I am currently in London studying with my MFA program at Shakespeare's Globe. I have been so lucky with the opportunities I have been afforded. This is no exception.
Enough about my luck. Why is there a scribble on this page? That believe it or not is something I created today in one of our Drawing Labs. I drew it left handed and without looking at the paper. For a first time go it's not too bad. Not that you can tell at all what it is (my C3P0 lego keychain and trusty flashdrive), but it does have something interesting to it.
In this Drawing Lab I learned that taking it slow is key and resting is important. Not just in sightless drawings, but in life. Sometimes we are so hurried to get our ideas out or on paper that we don't take time to think them through and they come out as jumbled up sentences and scribbles. This was my first sketch out of a series we did, so right out of the bat I was gung-ho to get going. I rushed. I also kept jumping around with my eyes not slowly following the "map" as one of my fellow students said (rather helpful to think of the object that way). It is important to slow down and rest to let your thoughts (and drawings) settle.
Also, to challenge yourself. I am by no means ambidextrous, so drawing left handed was very challenging. Yet, since my left hand has not been conditioned to draw a certain way, it was easier to get used to this new form.
London is shaping up to be a fun experience with museums, plays, and just exploring the city. More to come!