So much to tell, so few updates.
But today I find myself wiped out on the couch with sciatica which, while excruciating, has finally given me the couch-time to get my shooting-pain-filled* butt into gear and write!
*Please feel sorry for me.
Between Clown Doctoring, MCing some comedy shows, and doing corporate gigs, I’ve been flat out working on da da da da da da…
…an all-new web series! Introducing the soon-to-be-seen-in-2018…
HOW ME PARENT GOOD! And You Can Too!
Around a year ago, I went down to Melbourne WebFest to pitch Viking Mama as a web series for the ABC iView Pitch Perfect Competition. To my amazement I won and went to Marseille Web Fest to do a Writers’ Residency. After both of these mind-blowing festivals, I was charged up like some sort of mad electrified creative banshee.
“What,” I thought, “if I put half of the blood, sweat and tears – not to mention money – that I currently spend on my live shows , into producing comedy for the web? Instead of working my ass off on a show that only has a finite number of audience numbers and lasts for only as long as the show runs, I could put that energy to creating something that can last for as long as the internet (that is forever, right?) and has at least the potential to reach so many more people than the number of seats in this little theatre.”
I was determined! I was inspired! I was focused!
And then I went right back to doing what I’d always done and producing live shows.
It was only when Facebook Memories – you feisty minx, you – reminded me this year that it had been a year since Melbourne Web Fest, that I wanted to slap myself in the face, only I didn’t have the guts. A YEAR SINCE MY EPIPHANY AND I’D DONE NOTHING!!!!!!
But that’s the great thing about realising your inaction: it can lead you in two directions – chocolate or action. (Full disclosure: I chose both.)
Fast forward a few months and I’m thrilled to tell you that Moreton Bay Regional Council have super awesomely awarded funding towards my next project, the abovementioned web series which starts shooting this week. To say I’m excited is an understatement (note: as I went to type ‘excited’ I accidentally typed ‘exhausted’. Hehe. No coincidence there, move along.)
I’ve partnered with Torchwood Productions, a fab and local production company and already I feel a genuine affinity with Duncan who runs the show. He really understands what I’m trying to do with this series and gets my sense of humour to boot. #blessed
And even though Moreton Bay Regional Council have been incredibly supportive without in any way asking to dictate the content or change the scripts I’ve given them, my God. The pressure I’m putting on myself to make these amazing is quite full-on. I’ve gone through all the motions of writers’ block, re-writers’ paralysis, and have worked my way through the Procrastinator’s Handbook with such dedication you’d think it had been written by JK Rowling.
BUT…we have the scripts. And you know what? I think they’re pretty ok. Hopefully shaping up to be more than ok.
My own kids are starring in the series alongside me. #nepotism #lowbudgetfilmmaking
They’re super excited, having done tons of improv workshops both formal and informal with their showpony mama. Also I don’t have time to try to develop some semblance of rapport with little Macaulay Culkins, so my own loinfruit will have to do.
While I haven’t yet done my annual “summary of the year that’s been”, nor have I commenced operation “2018 resolutions” in earnest, I have drawn up a draft of my career focus for the coming year. NONE of which include live gigs*.
- How Me Parent Good web series
- Viking Mama web series (still currently with the ABC, crossing fingers and swords!)
- Mum Versus Teen podcast (with my daughter)
- Clown Doctoring
My word for the year? FOCUS.
*Note: I’m still performing live from time to time, but no longer producing shows myself. Instead I’m doing gigs that are organised by others where my income, energy and stress levels aren’t dictated by the logistics! Speaking of which, come hang at Woodford!
We’re bringing all six kids, I’m performing a zillion gigs, it’s going to be exhaust-citing!