So the last 3 months of 2010 were really nuts. I decided to leave my office job and move from Los Angeles to Oakland, move in with my boyfriend, and work on being an independent artist and dancer. It’s a hustle, people. Every time you look at an artist without a “conventional job”- please know that they are constantly moving, talking to people, finding work for themselves to make ends meet. They’re NOT living a life of leisure and just “making art” all day.
It’s been a great experience so far. I mean, I’d love to have a day off now and then, but being able to sustain ourselves with freelance work, sound, dance, and DJ gigs- is really great. I just didn’t realize how much WORK goes into planning out all the details, making sure things are scheduled correctly, etc. 😀
Oakland is an amazing place, and the Bay Area at large is very comfortable to me. I’m still building the map in my head and finding my way around- but I really am enjoying being out of LA right now. Don’t get me wrong. I still love LA- I’ve been trying to visit at least monthly to stay in touch with my LA family– friends and co-workers I’ve come to love as family over the 6-7 years that I called Los Angeles home. But, it was time for a change.
I’m hoping that 2011 will be a year of growth for me- in terms of my dance, and my visual art. So far, I’ve got 3 workshops booked for this year- which isn’t that many, but it’s my first real year getting out there and teaching. 😀 (Thanks to all of you that are having me! I can’t wait!)
We’ll be heading to the East Coast and Europe in March- Amar and I will BOTH be teaching along the way- he with his music mixing workshop, and me with the Calamitous combos and such. Heehee.
We JUST got back from Los Angeles where we performed in Zulu Lounge- an amazing night of dance, music, and fun! Elizabeth Strong was the headliner, and she never stops wowing me. I stare- slack jawed- at her strength and grace every time I see her perform. THEN! Her workshops! WHEW! Totally kicked my ass. But in a good way! I’m still sore, and actually liking that. hahahaha
February is shaping up to be a busy month of getting ready to leave the country- packing up not only our backpacks and case, but all of our stuff- we’ll be getting a new place once we get back, so our lives here in the US will go into storage while we’re gone. We’ll be homeless travelers for the month, and I’m perfectly fine with that!
See where we’ll be and when: