Show Your Work and The Business of Performing

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Above: I’m experimenting with my cartoons again! Thanks broken feet for holding me down long enough to get me working on other stuff!

So it turns out that having broken feet can be incredibly motivating. Being housebound has meant that I’ve been working like a banshee on the logistics of the upcoming season of “Viking Mama!” at Judith Wright, writing new comedy material, finally making headway on some projects that have been floating around my mind for some time…and last night I devoured this:

It’s highly readable, super motivating and thanks to the wonders of Kindle technology, is smothered in highlights. I love highlighting things. It makes me feel like I’m paying attention and that I’ll actually return to said book to fully digest the bits I loved. I won’t. But it makes me feel like I could.

Anyway, the gist of the it is that you should be more openly and more regularly sharing the bits along the way of creating work, not just the end product. What are you working on? What’s inspiring you? What are some of the very unfledged ideas floating around your brain and your post-it notes? (By the way, you can get the book here).

So in the name of sharing…

I did a performing/business mentoring type session with the incredible Matthew Carey this week – he’s launched a site called The Business of Performing which I hugely recommend you check out. As I told Matthew, I’ve been really approaching things in a different way since Mum died. Something huge shifted in me during that time (DUH, you might say.) But in terms of performing, it really changed my “comedy is everything” kinda approach. Before she died, I was determined to work my ass off until I got a TV gig, a presenting gig, whatever…now I really don’t care about that at all. I perform only because I love performing. Truly. I couldn’t give a shit about getting “bigger”, whatever that even means. I really want to do the projects I love, but more than that I want to do them as PART of a really rich life, not as the rich life itself. If that makes sense!

Anyway, the hard part of that is that I feel like I’ve actually moved to the point where I don’t really know where I want to go with comedy. I’m kinda floating from project to project, with no real idea of where I want to end up. I think part of that too is realising how even the best laid plans, especially in the arts, don’t always pan out. But I think I’ve taken that realisation to the conclusion that there’s no point in making plans at all! Which deep down, I don’t believe is the best way to approach things. So…Matthew is helping me with that! Working out a bit of a road-map, such that even if I get diverted or even reach a destination I didn’t think I was going to head for but find that I enjoy it and actually yes this is where I want to be after all, I wouldn’t have gotten there without planning the journey first.

And part of that journey is…I’m going to be doing a podcast! Finally! I’ve been hesitating for years about this as I keep tying myself up in knots about what kind of bloody podcast could I do? There are a million different options! Do I want to do one about parenting? About comedy? About starting out in the arts biz? Just me and a friend talking shit? WHO AM I?!?!?!??!?!?!?! Matthew pointed out that I don’t need to treat a project as finite. Doing so makes it overwhelming and, as in my case, creates analysis paralysis. Thus I’ve decided to commit to a 6-episode series about…da da da da da da! Creative Mums. I think I’m going to call it “WHOA MAMA!” But I’m open to suggestions! After the six episodes I’ll reassess and decide whether it’s got legs and I want to keep going, or tweak it or do something different altogether. But yay! Decision making!

OTHER BITS AND PIECES:

Came across this old interview (thanks Facebook memories! You can really be like a PA sometimes, bless ya!). It’s called Facebook, Family and Fingers. Yes. Crikey. But I assure you it’s not what you think. Did you think that? I did. I might be a bad person.

And finally, the story I recorded at Woodford Folk Festival late last year for Radio National’s Now Hear This program is now online here. Warning: I have a TERRIBLE HABIT of clicking my lips between sentences, honestly it annoyed me so much listening to it I nearly wanted to break my own feet but goshdarnit they were already broken. I’m gonna break this habit, I swear!!! But I know this story is going to be the starting point of the next full length show I write. So if you’re so inclined you can watch the birth. In a manner of speaking. Ehem.

In terms of sharing, is there anything else you’re particularly interested in hearing about? Please let me know. I clearly need guidance. xx

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Jenny Wynter Written by:

I’m a comedian, cabaret performer, improviser, writer, Clown Doctor and mother of three. In other words, I divide my life between strutting around onstage like the egomaniac I am, dolled up and trying to win the love of complete strangers and wrangling kidlets.

3 Comments

  1. Chris Easton
    April 11, 2016
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    Loved your improve show that I saw a couple of years ago. You were so witty and funny. It was a small gathering at West End. Are you planning on doing more stuff like this??

    • jenny
      April 12, 2016
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      Hi Chris! Thanks so much for stopping by the ole blog! 🙂 That’s so lovely of you, yes will definitely be doing more blogging and performing too, just getting back on the horse after a crazy couple of years personally. But yes I’ll be around! I’m doing my newest show at Judith Wright in May, would love you to come, it’s 4-6 May if you can make it. xx

      • Chris
        April 12, 2016
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        Cool! Will have to check it out.

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