My wish for excruciating Summer heat has finally come true! I'm positively melting with excitement! Sweating with joy! Perspiring with Inspiration!
~The Pish Tosh Podcast ~The Loft Circus Arts ~The 1st semester of the 2nd City ~Short Film Shoot ~June's Artwork ~Urban Exploration
The Pish Tosh Podcast
On June 12th, I decided to start my own podcast. Less than a week later, I had published the first episode of The Pish Tosh Podcast. I simply purchased some equipment, scheduled some interviews, taught myself the basics of recording & splicing audio, & hoped for the best. I was not expecting just how much I would love getting to know my guests one-on-one & discovering what brought them to the Second City. At first, I planned to publish an episode each month but I enjoyed the interview process so much that I quickly changed my mind & will now be publishing episodes every Tuesday for the foreseeable future. I currently have the first two episodes completed & published, three additional interviews recorded, & an array of promising guests for the future!
The Loft Circus Arts Training Center
I have discovered even more wonders that Chicago has to offer! For example, the Loft Circus: Contemporary Circus Arts Training Center! Before heading to Illinois, I discovered my love of the circus arts in Concord, NC at the Cirq-U Training Center while taking a Lyra workshop (hanging hoop acrobatics). On the first of June, I attended this fabulous show [videos below] performed by the students currently in the most intensive & inclusive program at the The Loft. If you can believe it, they are only 9 months into the program (only about half-way & are already amazing)!
I hope to start beginners trapeze in the Fall (time & energy permitting). Fortunately, I have already broken my neck before & I've heard it's like chicken pox, once it's happened, it can't happen again.
My First Semester at the Second City
I absolutely loved my Improv level A course & feel as if I made some lovely connections with some very talented & brave individuals.
I learned so much from my Writing 1 course & walked away with at least a half dozen original sketches in my portfolio. With the valuable feedback I received from my instructor & classmates, I now feel confident that, with some workshopping, my writing can be considered legitimately good literary comedy.
For my second semester at the Second City, I planned to take acting & more improv. When I expressed this to a classmate they asked why I didn't move into the Improv for Actors program at Second City. I let them know that the program required that the applicant have a degree in acting &/or theater & I didn't feel like my experience would be enough. The more I thought it over though, the more I was reminded that I enjoy a challenge & that the worst that they could tell me is no & I at that point I would be in the same boat. I talked to instructors, sent emails, made phone calls, spruced up my acting resume, & on June 10th, was accepted into the Improv for Actors program. This means it will take half as long & half as much coursework to reach toward my overall goal of auditioning for the Conservatory Program (similar to an internship).
I started my first Improv for Actors class on Sunday, June 30th (yesterday). While inside the black, windowless walls of the classroom, I felt completely free & exactly where I'm supposed to be. To someone else the class might be suffocating, terrifying, embarrassing, but not for me. Through the exercises & activities, I felt transformed into dozens of characters, I felt as if I traveled to multiple locations every time I stood up. I was an old woman, a hairdresser, a professor. I was at a concert, a mini golf course, & The Walgreen's.
I can honestly say, after only one class, I can vividly remember the teacher's & all of my classmates' faces & names clearly. What I mean is that this feels important. This is important to me.
I performed my first speaking role in a film!
June's Doodles & Dallies
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Small-town southern ginger librarian moved to Chicago to pursue acting & comedy with her best friend, havanese dog Judy Books by her side.