We are one month in to 2018 and my life is already a rollercoaster of ups and downs. While leaving out the extreme personal stuff, like my daily battle with anxiety, I will attempt to give you a recap of my life and my many misadventures. For starters, I no longer work at a bar which is psychologically satisfying. I served 5 years as the Head of Security and this only added more stress and magnified my anxiety. I jumped off the boat at the first opportunity that presented itself.
This brought about other complications. I had a couple weeks of free time and this was painful. My mind rebels at stagnation. With a bit of motivation from some minor grief, I have been writing up a storm. I finished the first draft of a novel back in November and I have slowly started the revision process along with revising several short stories I have neglected. Recent motivations caused me to write a screenplay, first one, and it has been revised once. I am hoping to produce the film within the year, but it does not follow a traditional film script, and this could cause complications.
I have also started writing online articles in the hopes of starting a writing career. I wrote a couple articles for BuzzFeed and you can view them Here. I also have a couple articles on my LinkedIn profile and you can view those Here. The writing I am most proud of are the articles featured on TheMighty.com. These articles help me cope with and better understand my anxiety and it is a great place for people with any disorder to go and feel like a part of a community. Just because you are struggling does not mean you are broken. You can view all those articles Here.
As far as work and making money, I have actually turned down a couple jobs because I did not want to work some crap office job that I would hate after a couple years, just like every other job I have ever done. I am trying my hand at this freelance gig and hope that it pays off. I need more writing projects and I am already working on doing more in the entertainment industry of Tucson with my company, VaudVil. It will be a long process and none of it will be easy, but I am so much more satisfied with my life even with all the uncertainty. I think I am finally ready for my future.
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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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.