Back In The Today

IMG_20180827_181346_832.jpgI feel like I haven’t checked in with you in a bit. Hi! How are you? How are your kids? Still nonexistent for some of you? Oh, how I’ve missed you.

I shot my first commercial this past week. I was essentially paid to sit around most of the day and eat free food, occasionally I pretended to be a worker in a glasses manufacturing plant, and went home. The irony of doing a glasses commercial and pretending to wear glasses after recently getting laser eye surgery is not lost on me. Anyway, it was great, and I can say that I’m a paid actor now.

I also did my first video audition, which was to include some information about me, a monologue, and the lines for the role itself. Apparently, actors justĀ haveĀ monologues that they’re prepared to do at the drop of a hat. I was not aware of this, and had to learn one as quickly as possible because there was a tight deadline for submission. After thirty or so takes, and a two hour break that I had to take because I was getting too angry, I was able to finish off the interminable 4 minute video. After my final take, I hit upload, then waited anxiously before pressing “Submit” at 11:59pm. There was one view on the video and I had no calls the next day saying I was the best thing they’d ever seen, so I’m guessing I didn’t get it.

I also started Improv classes at Second City. They are fun. They are more fun than I thought they’d be by a pretty long shot. I was not embarrassed or concerned about how I looked because I’m in a new city where there are zero people with an expectation of the way normally behave. It’s freeing in a lot of ways to be an unknown.

Lastly, I did stand-up again the other night, and it went pretty well. I was probably a little tipsier than I needed to be, but I got a few laughs and the host told me he’d like me to come back. So ya know… That’s something.

Three weeks in. It feels like it’s been much longer, and I feel like I should be much farther along than I am, but I’m loving the shit out of this process when it isn’t dreadfully dreary, and I look forward to more.

Maybe Try Going Up Less Drunk

It’s odd to have a travel blog when you’re not traveling. My process when moving to a new city or acclimating to a new lifestyle has consistently been messy, and moving here has been no exception to that rule. As many of you know, moderation truly isn’t my thing.

I’ve repetitively made my rounds to bars and night clubs and comedy shows and more bars, and it’s been a crazy week. Like most of my weeks, I suppose. For the sake of updating you, though, I’ve now done a total of four open mics since landing here. My understanding is that I will have to do more like 5-10 a week to be truly “committed to the craft.”

After the show Friday, the primary note I got was to just keep plugging away. Repetition, repetition, repetition. The secondary note I got was, “Maybe try going up less drunk.” I think both are decent pieces of advice. It’s hard to remember which pieces of which jokes struck the audience when remembering the evening as a whole is a bit challenging.

For me, one week is an impressively short time for the pendulum to have hit an apex, and begin its swing back in the other direction. I find that each critique and each bombing (the comedy kind, not the terrorist kind) only encourages me to push myself harder, work on my material more, and get out there to try it again.

Last night went better. I felt more nervous on stage, or at least I think I did. In any case, I remember feeling more nervous this time. Another thing I remembered was all of my lines, and I think that’s a start in the right direction. As for the direction of this blog, I think it will begin to take on more of a “repository for stories” role for me. I may not be doing anything worth sharing in this moment, as working on oneself tends to be less entertaining, but dammit I’ve done some pretty ridiculous shit in the past that should be written down somewhere.

Pulling from my past will also allow for a little more consistency with the pacing of my posts, so this too will develop into a sustainable practice. Or maybe this is all just masturbatory for me, in which case enjoy the show!

Here Comes the Bride – Me!

I have wonderful news! After four days of not having a functioning shower, I finally made the leap and spent $17 to use the showers at a gay bathhouse about three miles from my apartment. I considered a gym, but this was cheaper and I was too hungover to even pretend to want to exercise. While I was there, I met the man of my dreams and we’re going to elope this weekend!

Alright, I’m pretty sure that’s enough characters to get me through the preview on Facebook. I was going to make a joke about how I’m getting “married to comedy,” but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it (except for that sentence).

Anyway, I started my new job on Monday and I love my new coworkers, but being in another animal hospital definitely made it obvious just how much I love and miss my old coworkers. Y’all are wonderful, and I sincerely appreciate the support I feel you telepathically sending my way, and I’m choosing to ignore the anger at my absence that goes along with it.

I also went to my first open mic in Chicago, as I couldn’t reasonably say, “I had my first day of work” without having done both new jobs I came here to do. It went alright. I wouldn’t say it was a great audience (I’m not basing that on my experience – literally every comic that went up made note of it), but I was still able to pull some laughs out of them. I also abandoned my written material about half way through just for the sake of ranting a little. I think sticking to what I intended on saying is probably a better way to go from now on.

I look forward to more bombing and more honing of my craft, but more than that I look forward to meeting more Chicagoans. They have largely been ceaselessly kind and willing to placate me in my antics. Sleep isn’t that important, right?