May was a time of personal and financial growth for me. It’s difficult to be creative, let alone be anything, without financial and personal well-being. My experience tells me that when going through trying circumstances to focus on resolving them and to focus on creativity and productivity after.
As mentioned in last month’s update, I had been going through a personal situation which grew difficult in April, peaking as an anticipated crisis in May and is now entirely resolved. Allowing myself to focus on resolving and troubleshooting that difficulty without pressuring myself to create has allowed me to tackle this personal issue head-on and emerge emotionally intact.
As for finances, last summer I headed a project that experienced significant financial losses. New to the field, I had invested money into the project and when it went red, so did my finances. This loss turned to be an incredible learning experience and I emerged more knowledgeable on business of entertainment. Nonetheless, my bank account suffered and without funds an artist cannot create. So after reorganizing my finances, I began a second job to earn back the money I had lost. Proudly, as of June 1st I am out of debt.
With my personal and financial well-being secured, I can focus my next month on pushing my projects forward. This coming month, Christopher Erlendson and I will be revising MAGIC? along with building it a business plan so that by October we have a developmental production with hopes of progressing to an Off-Broadway performance sometime after.
Further resulting from my financial well-being, I was able to purchase membership to two incredible organizations that will help me progress as a writer and producer:
I’ve become a member at The Artist Co-Op – a coworking space for performing artists, uniting New York City’s actors directors, dancers, playwrights, and more, with programs and services to support the performing arts community. Membership will enhance my tools and network for creating work. It also gives me a great environment to work.
I’ve also become a member at Theater Resources Unlimited – a nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and best navigate the business of theater. Membership will further enhance my tools and network for producing work, as well as further orient me with the business of entertainment.
With these items lined up and high quality tools in my repertoire, I feel ready to tackle my projects with full vigor. The lesson this past May teaches me is that it’s sometimes necessary to refocus one’s energy to secure well-being to attain creativity and productivity. Stay tuned, June is looking to be amazing!