The State of Entertainment in Tucson

Entertainment is a very broad term.  Before we can appropriately analyze this we have to be more specific of what exactly we are talking about.  When I discuss entertainment in Tucson, I am not referring to sports, I am not referring to national tours, I am not referring to seminars or festivals, I am not referring to films or movie theaters, and I am not referring to contests.  So what am I referring to?

We are talking specifically about the local entertainment and local talent right here in Tucson, AZ.  We are talking about local musicians, local singers, local actors, local dancers, local performers, and local entertainment.  Over the last five years there has been a surge of local talent in Tucson and it continues to grow every year.  Tucson has become a hub for Burlesque performance.  One can easily throw a rock and hit three people who perform or have performed burlesque at a local bar or other venue in Tucson.  And that is the problem.  There are so many performers but not enough shows or venues for all of them to perform.

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Looking for Producers

Simply put, I am looking for other folks to help financially speaking.  In return, I offer exclusive content that no one else has access to and the opportunity to be included in the creative process.  This may not seem like much or it may not seem interesting but this is the beginning of something greater.  In a few years time, Tucson can easily become a hub or mecca for performing artists and those who are interested in the entertainment industry.  There is a lot of potential and I am trying to channel that potential into one place.

You can learn more about the different options of being a producer for VaudVil is you check out this page detailing all the information, We Are Looking For Producers.  You can also skip the middle man and go directly to our Patreon Page and choose which producer option best fits with your budget and sign up right there.  This is also where the exclusive content will be located and there is all ready a few goodies on the site.  These include videos about how to get published or how to pitch your TV or film ideas to studio executives.  This is valuable information that you cannot find anywhere else in Tucson, AZ.

Other exciting things would include different images and audio files and videos about the content we are creating and of course being able to participate in planning our live events throughout the year.  Our next event is Monday, August 21.  We are still working out the minor details and more information will be posted soon, but with your financial support we can produce more shows and continue to be Tucson’s source for variety entertainment.  Do you want to be apart of something new and exciting or just watch the world pass you by?

Slow Summer

The summers in Tucson are always slower due to the extreme heat.  Many businesses close and take a vacation because there are not enough customers coming in to bother with staying open.  With an entertainment industry still small but growing, this makes my line of work difficult.  We have many plans for the Fall and things look good for the coming season in Tucson but, for now, times are hard.  This has not stopped me from pursuing creative endeavors.  To put it simply, I can’t be stopped.  I’ll give you a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to the last couple months.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I sent out some short fiction to be published in online magazines.  I submitted about four stories to four different magazines and e-zines.  Two have been rejected while the remaining two are still under review for another month.  I will continue submitting to different places until at least one is published.  This is all part of the master plan and I am always nefariously plotting.  (insert evil laugh)  The final goal is to get a traditional book publication, be it a novel or collection of short fiction.

At the end of May, myself and a few others were voted onto the Board of Directors for the Tucson Fringe Festival.  This has been a new and exciting experience and I am looking forward to working the festival in January.  Fun fact: World Fringe Day is July 11 and it is the first ever celebration of the 70 years of fringe.  That is one reason why I’m excited to be apart of this.  The point of fringe is to help people who can’t normally get their foot in the door at more traditional venues.  It kind of makes me feel I’ve been on the fringe my whole life.

Finally, I want to mention my company, VaudVil, and our Patreon Page.  This is a great way for you or you or anyone to participate, at least a little, in the creative process.  By donating a little money, as little as $1, you can support VaudVil and be included in our future endeavors.  The more you donate, the more you get access to, including how to videos for the publishing industry or how to pitch your movie or TV show ideas.  All it takes is a small amount of money and you can even help during our events if you want.  Check out Patreon and tell me what you think.