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.

The Publishing Adventures

I have submitted one of my short stories for publication in an online magazine.  I probably will not hear from them for a couple months, if at all, but I will keep everyone updated on the progress of this.  I am working on polishing some other stories to then submit to other publications.  The main goals are to build up some publishing credits and earn a few extra dollars along the way.  By obtaining publishing credits, I stand a better chance of getting some of my other works published by traditional publishers.  That of course is if my stories are accepted for publication.

I have a few stories that are finished and I have sent them off to a few friends to read and offer opinions.  They will likely notice mistakes or issues that I have not because I have been staring at these stories so much.  They are all avid readers and a couple of them are writers as well so they should offer valuable information.  Once they finally read them and get back to me…  I am confident in their abilities.  Honestly, I appreciate that they even offered to read them which is more than most people would do so I really cannot complain.  I am in their debt.  The writing process just seems to go by a lot faster now than when I first started writing.

Once I have enough stories finished up, I can finish work on my dystopian novel.  This one will take a lot more time to polish as well as to write.  There are more words to write and then I have to make sure there is continuity throughout to avoid mistakes and plot holes.  It is a very time consuming process but I hope this will not take as long as I am expecting.  We shall see how things turn out.  I am looking forward to having so many stories finished.  I do not care if they never get published.  I have achieved more than most and that is all that matters.

Job Hunting

I have been searching for new employment since before I completed my Master Degree and I finally and having some luck.  I have an interview with an advertising firm.  I am not sure about pay or benefits or even most of the job duties but I will learn all of that at the interview.  What does this mean for me?  I do not know yet.  I may decide the job is not for me or the employer may decide I am not right for the firm.  Everything happens for a reason and whatever the outcome, it will be for the best.  I know it!

I am still looking for a venue to meet with local entertainers but that has become low on priorities with the job search.  Getting caught up with bills is more important.  I am not giving up but I need to take a step back and reevaluate everything.  I will continue offers entertainment consultation part-time until I can build up a client base.  This could take a couple of years but as long as I can pay my bills I will manage and continue to move forward.  Stability is key while I build my brand’s awareness.

I am also working towards completing a couple new stories as well as starting a novel.  I have five stories finished that I have a few friends looking over and a couple more that are nearly finished.  The novel has a long way to go but I do have three chapters completed and a plan for the next chapter.  I like having projects to keep me busy and it is nice that I have time to work on them and make some progress.  This does not always happen.  Naturally, I will post excerpts of my stories on this blog once I feel they are ready for the general public.

Until next time.  Perhaps I will have something to add to my resume the next time I post.  We shall see.  Until then, stay creative.

~ James

Cat Photographs

Here are just a few in a series of photographs of some cats that wondered around the neighborhood of my previous home.  This was also my first time using my 70mm-300mm lens.  Pics taken around January 2016.




The Morning Routine

I awake to the Alarm yelling in my ear.  He’s like a broken record, “Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up!”  As I hurl his plastic body across the room, he screams in terror.  Let that be a lesson to the other Clocks in my home.  I am not afraid to bash their heads in the wall.

After having brutally murdered my Clock Radio, I step into the bathroom and turn on the shower.  I must wait for the water to warm up.  The Dirt doesn’t like hot water.  Once the steam gently floats from behind the shower curtain, I peel off my pajama skin and creep into the tub, which will soon become a battlefield.

The Dirt on my body runs in every direction trying to escape the flood from the shower head.  They cling to my body and hair fighting for their lives.  Hot water is not enough to rid me of the vermin.  I pour shampoo and body wash into my hand.  They are eager for battle this morning.  The Suds attack with such a force that the Dirt lose their grip and fall to the watery graves below my feet.

As the battle nears its end, the Suds drag the decaying corpses of their enemy down to the nether reaches of the sewer drain.  I shut off the water and dry myself promptly, wiping away the scars from the war that took place on my skin.  Now the sensual portion of the morning begins.

The Hair on my head is knotted and uptight.  She refuses to flow gently in one direction.  Angry and seemingly untamable, I prepare to relax her as I call in a specialist.  The Hair Brush sits patiently in the cabinet.  Always ready to do his job.  He begins by gently rubbing her sides, making sure wild hairs are kept behind the ears.

She is beginning to relax now, allowing the Brush to romance her.  He works his way to the back and discovers the tangles.  It was sensual in the beginning to warm up the Hair, now it’s time to play rough.  The tangles don’t come out too easy.  The Brush penetrates and pulls out from the Hair faster and faster until the final release.

Now exhausted from the physical strain, the Hair lays to rest ever so gently on the top of the head.  The Brush returns to his cabinet awaiting the next day when they can make love again.  He has a cousin and neighbor in the cabinet.  The Tooth Brush is not as sensual but his job is perhaps far more important.  Disposing of germs and preventing tooth decay.

Inside the mouth there are many Germs.  They dance to the music, drink many alcoholic beverages, consume hallucinogens and rot your teeth away.  The Tooth Brush rallies his men outside the mouth.  Toothpaste, his trusted partner, Floss, the new recruit, and Mouth Wash, the head of the SWAT Team, all wait patiently to begin the raid.  They’ve planned this raid for hours, ever since the last raid from the day before.

Tooth Brush and Paste bust in first, pushing everyone towards the dance floor.  Floss, eager to prove himself, chases down all the Germs hiding between the teeth.  Finally the SWAT Team comes through and drags all the Germs out.  There won’t be any parties in the mouth for a while.  So now the coast is clear for breakfast.

Breakfast can take on many different forms.  Sometimes it’s only a muffin or some fruit.  I personally enjoy eggs and bacon.  As I pull the food from the fridge, they are all very cheerful, greeting me with “Good Morning!” unaware of the horror that will soon unfold.

I grab the first Egg.  He begins to worry as I hold him over the pan on the oven.  A blood curdling scream echoes through the kitchen as I crack his shell on the pan.  The other Eggs are panic-stricken.  As the first Egg’s entrails pour out of his shell, the sizzle on the pan is like music to my ears.  The torment grows for each Egg that gets boiled alive.  I don’t cook all of them.  I put the few that are left back into the fridge so they can live in fear of when their time will come.

The Bacon is less fun to torture since the ones in the package are oblivious to the world.  But I enjoy eating them more than frying.  And there is some brief satisfaction in hearing them squeal right before their fat pops and they begin to shrivel.

Some may think torturing your breakfast is wrong and if it is than I paid for it when I drank my orange juice after brushing my teeth.  It’s nasty but maybe the raves will stay away for a while.  Well that’s how I start my day.  With Death, Morbid Torture and Sex!

Searching For A Meet & Greet Venue

I am in the process of booking a venue to hold a meet and greet mixer for the entertainment community of Tucson, AZ.  I’m hoping to have this on a Sunday Afternoon, Evening or on a Monday Evening.  If you work at or own a business that would be interested in hosting an event like this, please reach out so I can get something going sooner than later.

I am still establishing myself in the Tucson Community so an event like this would be really nice to start getting to know most of the people I’ll be working with in the future.  It is very important that we begin to build and strengthen the entertainment community in Tucson so that we may all benefit.  Also, please feel free just to shoot me an email just to say hi and introduce yourself.  And now, here’s a phone pic of me from this past year’s Red Nose Day!

First Update

The site is coming along nicely.  There are still lots of things that must be added and those will be coming in the next couple weeks.  This blog will mostly be used to share my writing and other artwork and also update everyone of projects and public appearances I’ll be having.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can always contact me through the contact form or by phone.

Also, please let me know if any links do not work on this site so that I may fix and correct those issues.  I hope you all enjoy my personal web page and I look forward to hearing from each of you.

~ James

Site Under Construction

This website is still under construction.  Once complete, this will be the place to see new things from James Pack; events, projects, writing (fiction and non-fiction), and many other things.  Thank you for checking in and be sure to send an email to tell us how things are going.