I’m opening up space for some coaching and consulting going into the new year.
Want to work on acting or monologue prep? Have a piece of writing that you want guidance on, or just want some encouragement to keep writing? Lets do it!
In addition, I’d love to do some work on kickstarting creative projects and ideas… similar to the “Get Sh** Done” Panel that Corey and I did at Leakycon, I want to get down and dirty with some of the projects that have been sitting on your to-do list for years.
2013 was a Why Wait year for me, and I want to bring that to you. It gets me so pumped thinking about being able to encourage and guide some of you toward diving in and executing some of the projects that have been on your list for years!
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll discuss!
Looking forward to getting messy with you!
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve posted this before. But tonight I felt pulled to write a post of gratitude; of pride for my life. I am proud of the life I’ve lived. One that has been neither easy or boring. Full of far away ambitions, surprises, victories and disappointments. It’s been costly at times, less than comfortable, full of stress and worry, but also full of laughter, hope, growth, joy, and such a crazy array of people. I’m proud of this life, and I’d like to keep being proud.
I find myself in a new season, a time of turning over a new leaf, or chapter, or whatever metaphor might fit. I have no idea whats coming, but I feel a miracle in the works. I could look at my current circumstances and focus on that, but instead I choose to know… that something incredible is on the way.
I hope you are living a life you are proud of. And if not, I hope you start- one step at a time- to change that.
Happy 2014! How is it treating everyone so far? I’ve come tumbling into 2014: a wild roller-coaster ride of emotions ranging from pride to fear, hopefulness to frustration, and then all the way back to discouragement and fear. But also still excitement and a few pretty good laughs. Oh boy.
2014 is a blank slate for me. And that’s awesome. But blank slates need filling, and that means figuring out what to fill them with.
A goal for this year is to be more diligent and consistent in my writing, in a more public way, in order to flex that muscle more, get better, and hopefully start (and finish) some of the many ideas I have. I’ve also wanted to be able to test out certain ideas on a readership while still in shorter format. Writing a book is a long and arduous task, and though completely worth it, I would love to be able to test out nuggets of ideas on a readership.
The problem I run into is trading time for money, etc. How can I commit myself to regular, weekly writing, at a level ready for consumption, while also having it supported in some financial way that gives me the freedom to continue committing the time.
So there’s this website called Patreon. It’s sort of like Kickstarter but also completely different. Basically it allows content creators to build a subscription page for their work, and fans to support their favorite content creators. Musicians, YouTubers, Bloggers- all kinds of people use it.
So I had an idea. What if I were to build a subscription base for my writing. For $1 a week readers could subscribe to receive an essay of the week, exclusive to the subscribership, Guaranteed in length. Sometimes they might be fiction, samples from a book idea I’m testing. Sometimes they might be more personal essays, as in a sequel to my first book, only now you’d be able to read it almost as an on-going series. Also, your feedback after each week’s essay would help dictate to me what you like, and where I should continue to gear my writing. By sharing my work in essay form, it allows me to test ideas while also holding myself accountable to completing them at least to a standard that is suitable for a paying crowd. It’s accountability.
So my question for you is- who’s interested? Should I do it?
I’d like to gain a sense of support before I launch into this new and potentially time consuming venture. I think it could be very cool, and have ideas for a podcast element associated, but the fact is I wont be able to manage it if there isn’t a substantial support. It just comes down to trading hours for dollars, and sometimes you only have so many hours to trade.
SO. If you are interested, or even if your not- would you take this quick survey?
It would mean the world to me to even just see how much, if any, support there would be for me to launch a project like this.
Can’t wait to hear from you!
hugs and magic for you and this coming year!
No, seriously, thank you.
THIS. this. This means more than I can even begin to express. We content creators survive only on the support of our fans. More thoughts to come in a bigger post, but for now, please just read this, and thank you Emily for writing it.
What. A. Year. I want to apologize in advance, this might be LONG! please stick with me to the end :)
My resolution and anthem going into 2013 was “Why wait?”. I like creating resolutions because I think goal-setting is always good, but I also like assigning an anthem or theme for each coming year because I think it helps ground everything. It’s a “why” for the coming year, not just results oriented, but bigger picture of what I would like the year to both look and feel like.
Going into 2013 I wanted things to feel sweeter and fuller and just right. In the past I’ve driven myself to breaking points with themes like “2012 will be TOO BIG” and other big, BIG goal-oriented dreams and resolutions. This year, I wanted to be happy. I wanted to be a little bit more peaceful. And I wanted to be active… I wanted to actually DO the things I kept saying I was going to do.
I feel great about how 2013 and my anthems resolved. It’s nice to go through the year and remember what all you did, because sometimes it’s so easy to forget what happened and what you accomplished.
So, for me, 2013 looked like this:
January: Spent most of the month in New York City and was so grateful for that freedom. Spent my days working on a young adult novel in progress with Melissa Anelli, spent my nights rekindling my love for NY, remembering who I was and what I love, and having good times with great friends. It was a great month.
February: I spun. Literally. I got really into spinning (indoor cycling) and spent most of the month on a spin bike in bitter cold Chicago. This was also about the time that I learned I hadn’t been excepted to Grad School, and so much of that spinning time was also my mind spinning about “What do I do now?” and “Wait, WHAT am I doing with my life??” Spinning became more about therapy for me than exercise. That month was rough in some ways, but little did I know good stuff was on the way.
March: An idea sprouted, and then started to take shape- we would re-mount The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, one of my long-time bucket list items. What started as a half-joking idea at the beginning of March became a fully mapped out Kickstarter and production plan by the end. March was spent planning that Kickstarter, fielding interest in the project, and generally freaking out that we would NEVER be able to meet our funding goal.
April: Judas Redux was funded. I was blown away. My dream was becoming a reality, and I really wasn’t waiting anymore. April I went back to NY for more writing and some auditions, also auditioned in Chicago, and reviewed tapes from friends in LA. April was all about casting, mapping out a production schedule, dividing up work, and getting down to business!
May/June: May and June blur together for me. I recall just a lot of Judas work, research, and reading the script one million times. I also recall one billion phone calls with Brian Rosenthal and Joey Richter, as well as Lauren and Corey. Oh also, Actors Equity. Just a blur of phone calls, emails, and paperwork. The end of June brought Leakycon Portland, where I had the honor of directing the opening ceremonies, which involved Anthony Rapp, 30+ cast members, 1.5 days of rehearsal, and a GIANT convention center to fill. That was certainly a “make it work” moment, as well as a “how did I get here?” moment. Corey and I also got to give a talk on creativity and business which went well! Another thing we’d been talking about doing forever. Overall, Leakycon was BEYOND a highlight.
July: Oh my gosh, we start rehearsals soon. I couldn’t believe that I was about to ACTUALLY begin working on this massive production. We scrambled to make sure we were ready, had a bunch of production meetings, and planned some pranks for people’s arrivals :) By the end of July the whole team had descended on Chicago and thus it began.
August: Rehearsals. All day every day. Then tech, all day everyday. Building sets by day, running rehearsals and tech by night. August was insane. And by the 23rd… we had a show. It was up. It was happening. I was very proud, but more than anything I couldn’t believe it was finally being checked off my list. Why wait, right?
September: Bittersweet as we closed the show and said goodbye to so many friends, but the work is never over. Now we had to wrap up all the business and finances, and begin work on the other half of the project- the documentary! Also in September we decided to finally tackle another long-dreamed project: THE MOMS. Lauren and I had been talking about re-writing and re-doing this show forever. Now was the time.
October: Writing, writing, writing for The Moms, and then back to NYC for that little novel I’m supposed to be writing with Melissa as well! Casting for The Moms happened somewhere in there, production planning and prepping, oh and that documentary… yeah… we need to edit that.
November: Editing. All day every day. Editing the Judas Redux doc, editing The Moms script, and then starting mid-month we began rehearsing for Moms at night. Life was moving so fast!
December: THE MOMS: FANNYPACKIN’ HEAT!! We did it. It was a real show, running in Chicago, and being prepped for live streaming and recording. It still feels surreal.
From September to now I also tackled another thing on my to-do list that I’d been avoiding for quite awhile. My weight. I want to preface this by saying that I am a huge advocate for good body-image and loving yourself exactly where you are. I also know, though, that we all recognize when we just don’t feel good in our bodies or healthy. I was there. Over the stresses of the past couple of years I had gained a lot of weight and even more bad habits. I loved myself, and could still look in the mirror and feel beautiful, but I didn’t feel good. So I embarked on a plan, and I’m happy to say I’ve lost 30 lbs. That may not seem like a lot for some people, but for me it felt like a huge accomplishment, as well as being able to keep it off as things got busy again with the show, etc. My default is to put my own health and wellness second when things get busy, and my greatest goal of 2013 was to fix this. It’s a still a journey, but I think I made huge progress this fall. I would encourage anyone who knows they want to make healthy changes to just go after it, let it take time, because before you know it you’ll be on the other side and so happy that you just started. Again, why wait?
WHAT. A. YEAR.
I have to do a little shameless plugging here of all these projects that took over my year.
The Moms- We did a live stream on Friday 12/20 and you can still buy a ticket and access the archive the watch the show HERE! If you are in the Chicago area we still have 3 more performances! Tickets available here and more info at www.themomsplay.com. Also we have some great MOM GEAR.
These are more than just projects, they are a few of my long-awaited dreams coming true. I’m so happy we can share them with you, and I hope you’ll check them out.
It’s crazy. I’ve realized that if you just keep waking up each day and working a little harder, and believing a little firmer, that eventually you turn around and you’ve accomplished quite a lot. That was this year for me.
What’s in store for 2014?!? This is the first New Year’s I’ve gone into where I really feel like ANYTHING could happen. I have no idea! I can’t wait. I’ve got an idea for a little project I might want to venture on, which would involve my writing, and would greatly involve you all. A separate post to come about that, and to see what ya’ll think ;)
All to say, 2013 was a GOOD year. I can’t wait for 2014.
Let’s make our dreams happen, gang. Why wait?
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In a world where it’s all for the kids, and fanny packs reign supreme, six parents duke it out to see who’s got what it takes to rule the school district once and for all (the coming school year). Friendships are challenged, patience is tested, and the wine coolers run dry in The Moms: Fannypackin’ Heat. There’s just one question: are you Mom enough?
Full of 90’s nostalgia and mom-jeans galore, The Moms: Fannypackin’ Heat brings a quirky cast of seven together to see what happens when the ultimate prize is on the line: PTA President. Moms, Dads, and anyone who’s ever had a mom or dad can relate to the delightful and zany antics of these Applewood School District parents. 90 minute runtime, fanny packs and ugly sweaters encouraged.
Jaime Lyn Beatty
Play by Julia Albain & Lauren Lopez
Directed by Daniel Strauss
Scenic/Prop Design by Corey Lubowich
Costume Design by June Saito
Lighting Design/Production Management by Sarah Petty
Music Direction/Composed by Nick Gage
Stage Management by Kelsy Durkin
Script Consulting by Daniel Strauss
Produced by Julia Albain, Lauren Lopez, and Corey Lubowich
Thursday Dec 19: 7:30pm
Friday Dec 20: 7:30pm
Saturday Dec 21: 7:30pm
Sunday Dec 22: 2:00pm
Saturday Dec 28: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday Dec 29: 2:00pm
1. You have a child.
2. Small humans follow you around and call you mom.
3. Hearing “What’s for dinner???” when you get home from work is enough to send you to that second box of Franzia.
4. Every day is a Chico’s kind of day.