First and most importantly THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to all of my friends, new and old, and family who supported me this year by reading my articles, coming to my plays and comedy shows, sending me positive vibes, giving me words of encouragement and READING THIS BLOG!!!
This year has been pivotal in my growth and development as an artist and I would not have been able to get through it without you. I ABSOLUTELY would not have been able to get through it without you. You are the reason I am able to keep striving to reach my goals despite the challenges that are thrown at me everyday of this journey.
You guys are truly my light at the end of the tunnel!
The beginning of this year looked so scary to me at the end of 2009. I was unemployed (besides a part-time retail gig-so I should say I was not gainfully employed). I was not writing. I was not happy. I was not performing as much as I wanted. I was in a rat race. It was a very uncomfortable and it was a scary position for me.
I had arrived back in Michigan a little over a year at that point and things were progressively getting worse and worse each month. (It turns out that the month I came back was around the time Wall Street crashed and the automobile industry, namely GM, went to heck. It was really hard to find a full-time gig in Detroit that allowed me the opportunity to make my ends meet.) The end of 2009 I hit rock bottom losing my job, a dead-end job, but a job nonetheless. My universe was really off balance as it concerns my career/dreams.
I decided that I was going to take advantage of the freedom afforded to me by not having a full-time job. I worked on a couple of my creative writing projects, I wrote new jokes and started writing my one-woman show (I started doing comedy in 2009), I started going to more open-mics, I was in HAIR (& I got to sing "White Boys"-love that song!), I did my first non-musical ("Sherlock Holmes is Coming to Dinner"), I opened for one of my favorite comedians, John Heffron, AND I wrote for my favorite local magazines and papers (you can search through my archives to read some of my stuff). I took 2010 by the horns and I made a lot of progress as far as writing and performing. It was like God was controlling everything this year.
When I graduated from college I thought that I would have all the answers and everything would just work itself out. But, it didn't happen like that. Things actually got harder after college. I was trying to control the motions of my life but nothing was happening. The amazing thing was that when I let go and gave it up to Jah he took care of me. The most extraordinary dynamic of this year and my most valuable resource that HE has given me to get through everything has been my amazing support system.
My parents, my friends (new and old), my co-workers, you guys reading this blog-I am literally crying writing this. You guys have given me your time and to me that IS the most valuable thing a person can give to someone! I can't express enough how much your support has meant to me this year. I have been performing and creating since I was three years old. Writing and performing isn't just something I do it is who I am. And, the fact that you guys support that means more than I can ever express in words. Love you. Thank you for the love you have shown me.
A FEW THROWBACK ARTICLES FROM 2010:
So, what's next for 2011? Lots!
I will be self-publishing a few limited edition copies of my first novel that I wrote back in 2004, "Everything is Not Enough." Stay tuned for that. I am hoping for a February release. It's a story about a young journalist who has everything. She appears to have everything, at least. Like many people, she loses life's most valuable possession, love, because she thinks that the grass might be greener on the other side. Everything is just not enough for Maria. The books will be $10 a pop and you will be able to purchase a copy via this blog or the private release party I plan on having very very soon!
I will be playing Geneva Lee Browne again in January 2011! Yay! This time at Birmingham Village Players in Birmingham, MI in the '1940s Radio Hour.' It's going to be a little different this time. My rendition of "I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good" is new and fresh. So, please come check us out.
I will be performing in a tribute to Vaudeville and Burlesque in the spring of 2011. Stay tuned to this blog for info. I get to sing, dance and be funny! That's a dream come true for me!
I hope to take a couple of classes in comedy and dancing in 2011. It's all aimed at helping me develop my one woman show tentatively titled "Growing Up White."
I don't think I will make too many goals for 2011. I don't want to assume control of my life again. I'll continue to let God do the work and I'll do my little part and we'll see what happens.
Happy New Year everybody!!!!
Love. Laugh. Live. And, have a glass of champagne for me at midnight on NYE.