Saturday, May 15, 2010
I walk on the treadmill for 5 1/2 minutes when I finally give up because the ever now and again jerking motion is beginning to make me contemplate returning to the life that trades exercise for chocolate cake WITH vanilla ice cream for every meal. This won't do.
I get on the elliptical machine and do my best to get motivated to work up a sweat and 2 minutes into it get off because having my hands above my head for 20 minutes sounds like something out of a SAW movie. Goodbye fitness room. I will not be returning for anymore of your aggravating punishment.
To the lobby, pour a cup of coffee and into the elevator to head back to my room and hopefully shake the funk in solitude.
The grumpies never stay with me for very long. Even now I feel the chipperness creeping back into my soul and will once again go on to have a great day with only mild bumps and bruises. It's times like this where I have to take the time to reflect on all the good that is in my life. It's hard to stay negative when you practice gratitude. So in order to get myself back to being myself here is what I am grateful for at the moment.
I am grateful that I woke up this morning.
I am grateful for my body who has taken me to so many places and has not given up on me even though I treated it badly for so many years.
I am grateful for my family and friends who love me and support me in everything I do.
I am grateful for my job because it challenges me everyday.
I am grateful for the free lobby coffee that will hopefully kick start my day.
I am grateful for my faith because without it I wouldn't be alive and would not find the strength to try over and over again.
It looks like it's going to be a gorgeous day and I am thankful to be here to enjoy it.
Love and peace,
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Ok...I have to just throw some info up here to catch up quickly so we can mooooove along.
March 6-7, 2010 Day 93 - 94 Buffalo, NY
This was the message that was displayed on the marquee as we were leaving load out. It read:
Thank you Riverdance Cast and Crew for a wonderful run.
March 8 - 9, 2010 Day 95 - 96 Manchester, NH
Our one and only...one night only. It was nice enough...arena style..it was fine.
March 10 - 14 Day 97-101 Wallingford, CT
We had a few rehearsals for our upcoming week at Radio City Music Hall.
March 15 - 21 Day 102 - 108 New York, NY
I could hardly believe that I was working at Radio City Music Hall...it was a dream come true. We loaded in on Monday, Tech Tuesday with some Rehearsal and Press calls, Wednesday 2 shows, Thursday walked from 52nd to 14th street and back again before 1 show, Friday walked from 52nd to 150th to meet up with Brionne, took the subway down to 17th for lunch, walked back up to 52nd then time for a show, Saturday 2 shows, Sunday met up with Katie's mom and had a lovely bike ride in the park with her in between two shows.
Friday, March 5, 2010
It's a nice theatre with plenty of room in the dressing rooms and plenty of room on dcck...this makes for a nice load in. I spent some extra time today making some dressing room number signs for the doors because the dressing rooms aren't numbered...this tends to make me a little crazy. The signs turned out lovely and I was off to put up the name plates and move along my day.
Within the hour I had been attacked by whatever illness had been taking out our cast, crew, and band. I had been fighting it off for the past two months and this morning it body slammed me. I threw down some cold and flu medicine hoping to catch it early and by evening started feeling a little more alive.
The show seemed to go by pretty quickly then it was off to sleep and kick the rest of this cold.
Day 90 - March 3 - Wednesday - 1 show
I spent the entire day drinking water and napping and successfully won the fight!!! Woo Hooo!!!! I'm BACK!
Day 91 - March 4 - Thursday - 1 show and load out, travel to Buffalo, NY
Today I wrote a letter of reference for one of my cast members from the Disney Wonder and it was so nice to revisit the memories of working with her. I packed up again and got ready to drag my suitcases down to the car. When you are on tour for 8 months it takes a lot to live day by day out of your suitcase. I officially have too much stuff now. I have a big suitcase full of clothes, a big suitcase full of kitchen supplies, a small suitcase full of books and a duffle bag I use for laundry. I need to send stuff home...soon....before my back breaks.
Day 92 - March 5 - Friday - Load in and show in Buffalo, NY
I'm up at 7am and would normally go for a jog on a load in morning, but yesterday I moved onto my 3rd week of my 10 week plan and my legs are needing a recovery day. The pain is a good pain...I've grown to love it. xo
Love and peace,
Monday, March 1, 2010
We stayed at the Camino Real Hotel and all I could think of is my friend Brionne and how he let me borrow his Tennessee Williams "Camino Real" script and how I still haven't returned it....sorry Bri!!! xo
Day 71 - Feb. 12 Friday - Load in and show
The hotel was just across the street from the theatre which is always awesome! The load in wasn't anything special, just the usual. We went for lunch at the hotel and it was fine. Back to the theatre, sound check, troupe checks, and show.
Day 72 - Feb 13 Saturday - 2 shows
It was a normal 2 show day for us.
Day 73 - Feb. 14 Sunday - 2 shows and load out
The 1st show was great as usual. As we were waiting for the time to start troupe checks the fire alarm started going off...REALLLLLLLY??? We filed outside and we took a roll call of everyone to make sure we had all cast and crew out of the building....All those Crew Evacuation Drills on the ship really paid off...Dario our Safety Officer would be so proud. We did troupe checks outside in the parking lot and still pulled off a good show. The audience loved getting everyone's autographs before the show. Load out went quickly and then time to pack.
Day 74 - Feb. 15 Monday - Travel to Lubbock, TX....LAST TEXAS CITY OF THIS TOUR!!!!
My friend Steve warned me well before getting to Lubbock about how bad it was going to be. It was such a bizarre town...very brown without any architecture. Very strange.
Day 75 - Feb. 16 Tuesday - Load in and show
Load in went quickly, lunch at Chili's, sound check, troupe checks, show, sleep.
Day 76 - Feb. 17 Wednesday - show
The weather is very cold here so I wasn't able to go walking around....boring. I worked on my Niece's blanket that I am crocheting for her 1st birthday. The colors are really bright and I think she will just love it!! It's 100% cotton and it's the easiest to crochet with so far.
Day 77 - Feb. 18 Thursday - show then load out.
Good show...quick load out. Pack. Sleep.
Day 78 - Feb. 19 Friday - Travel to Independence, MO
Another flight...it never gets easier...I always hope and pray that one day I will get over my fear of flying. I have been on more flights than I can count so I figure if I haven't gotten over the fear by now it's probably not going to go away. So I will keep up my mid flight prayers and promises to God that if he gets me on the ground safely I will be really, really, really good. Amen.
Day 79 - Feb. 20 Saturday - 3am Load in....and 2 shows
We had a super early load in because we had our first show at 4pm. It was a very, very, very long day, but we all made it through. We were playing in a hockey arena and arenas are nearly always a challenge. This was no exception. We thought everything was going to be great until we turned off the lights and saw the awful houselights spilling allllllllll over the preset look from all angles because the lights were for the entire arena not just the half we were using....we did what we could with what we had...sigh.
Day 80 - Feb. 21 Sunday - 2 shows then load out.
2 shows went by quickly, load out was super fast because we were all down one corridor, pack. Sleep.
Day 81 - Feb. 22 Monday - Travel to Youngstown, OH
I was in 4 states today...barely. We started off in Texas, flew to Milwaukee, where we barely missed our connection, but the connecting plane was also delayed so we made it on, touched down in Pennsylvania, then a drive to Ohio....the snow tried to slow us down all the way from Texas to Ohio, but we made it.
Here's the weather above the snow....
And a picture of what was under those fluffy clouds...
Day 82 - Feb. 23 Tuesday - load in and show
It was nice to be back in a real theatre... Load in went well, quick lunch, sound check, troupe checks, show. sleep.
Day 83 - Feb. 24 Wednesday - show
Nothing out of the ordinary today....we love that on the stage management team!
Day 84 - Feb. 25 Thursday - show, load out, sleeper bus to York, PA
Another good show, load out, change into comfy clothes, climb into sleeper bus bunk and try to get to sleep before we start moving. Mission accomplished.
Day 85 - Feb. 26 Friday - load in and show
Deja Vu... I was at this same theatre last year with Altar Boyz and it brought back so many memories of the Boyz. What a crazy tour.... I miss them very much and still so thankful that I got to know each of them and see through many challenges together. We were quite the little family.
Day 86 - Feb. 27 Saturday - 2 shows
Coffee, coffee, coffee....somehow I slipped back into being a full time coffee drinker again. I just love it! Black of course..unless it's a soy latte.
Day 87 - Feb. 28 Sunday - 2 shows, load out, sleeper bus to Rochester, NY
2 shows couldn't go quick enough today...it seems like the last day in a city makes everyone antsy...we are all ready to get back on the road and move along down the line. I'm not sure why the temperature on the bus fluctuates so much but I have adapted a well known childhood song for your enjoyment...sing with me:
The temp on the bus goes up and down
up and down
up and down
The temp on the bus goes up and down
all through the night....
Day 88 - Mar. 1 Monday - Day off in Rochester, NY
We got in to the hotel just after 4am and it was one of those toss ups of whether to try and go back to sleep or stay up and face the day. I stayed up until 7am watching "Go Further" (one of my fave films) then went for a quick shower hoping to relax and fall back asleep. I was able to sleep until about 9:15am and then I contemplated going to the gym until about 4pm and then decided to wait until the morning. I normally like to go to the gym before load in because it puts me in a good mood and I feel very awake. I spent the day crocheting, watching law and order, flipping through magazines, reading, and watching movies....I love a monday off!!!
Love and peace,
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The tour will be ending on June 6th so it's time to start job hunting again. Every time I start looking for a job I think about if I want to go back to normal life, do I want to live in a new place, do I want to settle down... It's can be very overwhelming if you let it.
For the most part I have accomplished my two career goals that I had: 1. Work for Disney and 2. Become a touring stage manager. But...now what? I'm not sick of touring so I feel like I should keep touring until I can't take it anymore and then settle down for awhile until I get that familiar itch to take off on the open road again...or open waters if it may be.
I'm only 30 so I feel the need to come up with some new career goals and life goals in general. I know that I want to own and run a farm animal sanctuary, live in New York, San Diego, Montana, travel, vacation, have a cat, a boyfriend, and maybe....MAYBE even a family....although it really seems like way to much pressure at this point.
In any case I sent off my resume and cover letter to a couple different production companies to see if I can't stir something up on the touring front and make decisions according to that. But who knows what my future holds...I'm up for anything at this point.
Love and peace,
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Today was one of those days that just would not end. These days seem to always come after a night on the sleeper bus. I think it's because you don't get to have your usual "go back to the hotel and relax" fix that you need at the end of a run and load out. Sunday night after load out I got into my comfy clothes, got ready for bed, then walked my frumpy-ness across the load out and onto the sleeper bus. The bus is filled with yummy non-diet/non-vegan food that is waiting with open arms to hug you and comfort you while you wonder why you live such a crazy life. The buses on this tour are always really nice but for girls it's a different experience entirely than it is for the boys...mainly for the fact that you are not allowed to use toilet paper on most buses. On the upside though our tech guys are really good about cleaning up after themselves in the kitchen and not leaving trash around the place so it's great to share space with respective peeps.
The sleeping area is always an adventure...you have twelve bunks very close together with people that snore, grunt, moan, listen to music, and watch DVDs as well as (god-willing) a driver who will stay off the drunk bumps and you try and get as much sleep as possible before arriving at the theatre the next morning for load-in or if you're lucky at the hotel at 3am. I have found that if you can get to sleep before the bus starts moving you have a better chance of staying asleep. Also...a great suggestion (thank you Catherine) is to put in some ear plugs!
Halfway through the night the bunks got very warm and I wanted to take off my sweatshirt, but being raised by a Dad, who is a firefighter and on a rescue team, I had always been taught about being prepared for emergencies...so I left it on. Our overnight bus trip was happening at the same time as it was snowing so in my worst case scenario mind I thought that if our bus was so hit ice and slide off the road and I was knocked unconscience it would be best for me to be in a sweatshirt and not die of hypothermia. I know...I'm a little nuts.
We arrived at the theatre later than expected so the advance crew got up and started the load in, while the rest of us tried to get another half hour of sleep. Catherine and I waited nearly an hour for a cab to get us to the hotel (which was less than 3 miles away) so we could grab a shower before coming back in instead of trying to shower at the venue....never an extremely fun event. We got back to the hotel for an hour before heading back in. The shuttle from the hotel had a driver named Carlos who everyone in the van seemed to know besides us. We found out that Carlos likes Diet Rootbeer, tenderloins, and has a broken nose...so there's nothing wrong with his lung like he had originally thought...uh, good?!?
The venue has a long driveway covered in snowy mud, rock salt, and small lakes at the bottom of it. As we come into the venue there is a distinct smell of camel shit which was just cleaned up after the circus that was playing in the arena the previous night. THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY LONG DAY........ Our load in goes pretty smoothly, the smell of camel feces is lifting and the office is getting warmer by the minute...things are looking up!
We get away for a quick dinner at The Olive Garden after driving in circles for a minute or two trying to catch up with our blue dot on the iPhone. Sound check goes well...we have our singers back in the show! Troupe checks, half hour, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, beginners please, lame house speech, lights up.
Another show down and back to the hotel to crawl into bed and hopefully not wake for many, many hours.
Day 68 Tuesday - Stage Managing
I woke up this morning feeling groggy and wanting to sleep another 8 hours...but my body is ready to get on with the day. FINE. Start the coffee maker.
I am reading "The Backstage Guide To Stage Management" and really enjoying it. Thomas A. Kelly totally had be grinning from ear to ear as he ended his introduction to the book while he described what his experience as a SM has been. I think it's very true for most of us in this field...it's a job you can love and hate at the same time. It's one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life, it has caused me much happiness and much heartache, but there's nothing in the world like it that comes close. He talks about what a great escape it is because you don't have time to think about what might be going wrong in your life while trying to call a show or help a performer stay off book for a rehearsal. There are times when I want to pull my hair out, but there are more times when I sit back and am in complete awe of the beauty of theatre.
I love my job. It really is my dream job...camel shit and all.
Love and peace,
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I'm not one to ask for apology gifts...I'm not a freeloader and I don't want to be mistaken for one, but can we please have someone at the front desk who knows how to put the DND on both lines if there is more than one line?????? Please!
Love and peace,
The very tired and now cranky Kimmy
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Starting next week I will be training in the gym with one of our dancers that is a personal trainer when she is home. I am extremely excited about this but also nervous to the bone. I've stayed the same weight since I started living as a vegan so it's time to take it up a notch and start kicking butt in the gym. Chloey took my measurements last week so we can compare those along the way in case my weight stays stubborn. I'm thrilled to be working with Chloey because everyone that has worked with her tells me how good she is and how supportive she is. Can't wait!!!! Come on next week!
Well it's time to finish up my soy latte, update my script, then get on with another show.
Oh...another cool website: http://www.peta.org/accidentallyVegan/default.asp
Love and peace,
Friday, February 5, 2010
Day 64 - Load in for Albuquerque, NM and realizing I am a crazy person when it comes to chocolate cake.
Everyday I renew my vegan vows to not consume or use any animal products and most days are very successful and I am very proud of myself for having more good days than bad ones. I just need to work on being more forgiving of myself and focus more on the things that I AM doing.
I thought I would post some of my very favorite websites and products that I have been using and that I think are actually really cool.
Today I just signed up here: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/green to start getting some new tips on living a healthier, greener life.
I am reading "The Kind Diet" and became a member of thekindlife.com It's the book that the actress Alicia Silverstone wrote about becoming a vegan. It's really great with lots of tips and recipes. She posts really often on her website and seems to be a really down to earth kind of gal.
The hair products and face products I have been using for the past month are called "Yes to Cucumbers" and they are really fantastic. I buy them at Walgreens but I have noticed they are popping up in other stores all over the place. Here's the website: http://www.yestocarrots.com/
Hmmmm....I think that's all I've got for now.
Time for dinner, sound check, show, sleep...in that order.
love and peace,
Thursday, February 4, 2010
So one of the reasons why I haven't been updating very often is because I've been crocheting like a mad woman trying to finish a blanket for our Tour Baby's 1st Birthday!! I spent all of Monday in bed watching A&E detective shows, napping, crocheting, and munching.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
As I made up my way up the snowy roads and passed cars that were stuck on the side of the road because the snow and ice got the best of them I thought about the past 12 years that I had been driving this mountain. I was extra careful around the curves that I know get icy and just kept moving along until I wound up at one of my favorite old jobs...Fairway Market.
Day 51 1/23/10
One of my Jr. High School Teachers came to see the evening show and it was so great to see her! Mrs. Carratello, Patty, looked exactly the same. She had brought her sister to see the show and they loved it! We took a bunch of pictures together and talked about their favorite parts of the show. She was also very complimentary on the article that was written about me in our hometown newspaper: http://www.idyl.com/stories/story.2.20091210.html
Here's pic of Patty and I near the stage door of the Pantages:
Day 52 1/24/10
Two shows and then a load out. I love load out day. It gives me a sense of accomplishment as well as of feeling of freedom. It nice to move along to another city....sometimes it good, sometimes it's bad...but it's nice to move along none the less. After load out it was back to the hotel to have a little champagne with Ryan (just for the hell of it) then down to throw the suitcases on the luggage truck and then sleep..love it.
Day 53 1/25/10
Travel day. I was up early to make sure my hotel bill was at a zero balance and then waited outside in the sun for the bus to the airport. The trip to the airport was nice, I finished up crocheting a scarf for my Aunt. The plane ride was only an hour then less than a half hour to the hotel. The hotel is the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at....the grounds were well landscaped, the grass was a beautiful green, the flowers extra bright, the fountains bubbling, the birds chirping pleasantly...heaven. We are in this hotel for the next week and a half and I am loving it. Did I mention that the pools are all kept very warm and there are 8 of them!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I love seeing my friends while I am home; it's always a happy get together for a few hours, but it does make it hard to say goodbye.
On a happier note... Laci and I went out to breakfast at this great little place in Pasadena with a very yummy tofu and vegan cheese scramble and a soy latte the size of my head! Here are some pics:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I wonder if the people that inspired me know that I look up to them so much! I listen to and watch a lot of Dr. Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay as well as keep in touch with my friends who encourage and inspire me on a daily basis. I understand what it is to visualize something into existence. I understand what it is to leap without knowing where exactly you will fall and IF you will fall safely in a good place. When I leap it's because I've got nothing to lose. If I stay where I am then I won't grow and I won't know what other things are in the world for me to experience. I want others to have faith in themselves enough to take those leaps, trusting in themselves enough to know that it can only get better. Things will happen if you make them happen. Dreams come true if you make them come true.
I know this all must sound so out there to people that aren't aware of the power they hold inside of them. And I'm not saying that I am the most powerful being because I know that there is something bigger than me that helps all of this to come to life, but I do understand what power I do have inside and what I can accomplish.
In any case I just want you to know you can do it. You can do anything you want to do. I encourage you to go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined. I'll be there walking beside you.
All my love and much peace,
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Later that night Lindsay and I headed over to Fofi's house for a game night to celebrate his bday. It was a lot of fun! It took around 3 hours to get through a game of cranium with lots of yelling and laughter, homemade chicago style pizza and ice cream cake. My tastes are changing when it comes to food now. Our friend Rob made the pizza and wanted everyone to have some. I love Rob and I love his cooking...but cheese just isn't the same for me anymore. The ice cream cake on the other hand...well...we all know how I feel about those yummy baked goods. The last time I had actually eaten real cake would have to be in early November because I had vegan cake for my birthday on Nov. 30th.
Today was awesome. The rain stopped and you could see the most beautiful blue sky and the air was very clear. As I walked to the theatre I passed by so many different types of people living here for many different reasons. The guy with his guitar case I imagined to be the next up and coming alternative rocker, the woman rushing by with a cup of starbucks is probably on her way to a production meeting for a new show...all really exciting. When I lived in LA I felt like everyone was very self involved, but I think it's a must in this city...it will eat you alive if you're not looking out for yourself. There is some kind of hopefullness in this city that is a little sickening for my taste, but really motivating for others.
I was really happy to see my friends while here and feel reconnected to my life in southern california. Here are some pics from today after the rain. I will miss it here...more than I would like to admit.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Yesterday and today we had two shows. Yesterday at 2 and 8pm, and today we have shows at 1 and 6:30pm...which I love! It's so nice to get home early on a Sunday night.
Friday, January 15, 2010
As I was laying on Lindsay’s couch this morning I was reflecting on how it was nearly 4 years ago (next month anyway) that I came down to LA to live on Lindsay’s couch and pursue my dream of working in theatre full time. It’s been a whirlwind of 4 years. I could not be here if it wasn’t for Lindsay telling me to "just do it."
It was in January 2006 when I called her up and told her I had to make a decision. I had to either work full time in theatre or give it up entirely and as much as it would break my heart to give it up I was ready to because working full time in an office and then working at 2 theatres as their resident lighting designer was actually killing me. My back was thrashed…I was diagnosed with sciatica because I wasn’t sleeping but maybe 4 hours a night and my body wasn’t able to repair itself at night. Since high school I have worked full time at a “real job” and in theatre part time at night or on the weekends with production companies…for the past 8 years at that point. The first thing out of Lindsay’s mouth was “move to LA and live on my couch, we’ll figure it out once you get here.” She was a couple years in working at CTG and was also involved with the Elephant Theatre Company as a Director.
The next day I went into the best office job I had ever had and told them that I was going to be leaving in month to move to LA and find a full time theatre job. My boss, Susan, was very supportive and told me to go for it! She made sure I felt good about going and said “Kim, anyone can be trained to do your job here…please don’t stay because you think you are leaving us without enough help.” This nearly made me cry because there had been so many jobs I had stayed at because you don’t want to leave your employer short handed…she knew exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you Susan.
My Dad came up to Nor Cal to help me pack up my Ford F150 and a U-haul trailer and we were soon on the road to Sunny Southern California. We drove up to Idyllwild where nearly everyone told me I was crazy for leaving such a good job behind to go after a dream….I just shrugged my shoulders and said…it’s time to see if I can make it. When I pulled up to Lindsay’s in my massive big blue truck I had to chuckle….what was this mountain girl doing in the big city? I met Dave Fofi (Artisic Director of the Elephant and then boyfriend of Lindsay’s) that night and made a date to go into the Elephant the next day to do some tech work…organizing gel and lighting equipment and generally help out at the theatre complex.
Before heading down to LA I had signed on for a lighting designer job at the Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro getting paid a $100 …I’ll take it!!! Within a week of being in LA a job opened up and I nabbed it at CTG as their Master Electrician for their P.L.A.Y. program, which is a high school outreach program. At the same time I went in for an interview with Annmarie Duggan to be her Assistant Lighting Designer for the new American Girl Store opening in The Grove. I had a great interview and was offered the job!!! The ball was rolling and rolling more smoothly and quickly than I could have ever imagined.
As we neared the end of the teching process for the American Girl’s Revue I was offered the position of Lead Lighting Tech…a full time position in theatre!!!!!! 38 hours a week, full medical, dental, vision, 401k, a flexible spending account, and a great pay rate!!!! I had heard that these jobs only existed in fairytales and movies...but it’s my life now! Crazy!
As I worked at American Girl I was asked to work as Child Supervisor and then finally as the Calling Stage Manager for our Bitty Bear Matinee show! I was ecstatic! While working at AGP I also worked at the Elephant as their Resident Lighting Designer and eventually started Stage Managing for them and worked at numerous other theatres in the LA as a lighting designer…which I actually kind of miss….
After a year and a half of American Girl I interviewed with Disney Cruise Line and became their Production Stage Manager/Company Manager for the Disney Wonder. I had always wanted to work for Disney so I considered this another dream come true. Within 3 weeks I had given my notice to the most amazing job I had ever had and taken a job aboard a cruise ship to set sail and live on the ocean for the next 4 months. I missed my AGP friends so much…the stability, the drama free environment, the dry land…. I worked for Disney for 2 contracts and it changed my life and my career. The shows I worked on there were the biggest and craziest shows I have ever come into contact with to date. I was calling lights, sound, automation, pyro, 2 followspots, fireworks, stunts, camera shots, and the kitchen sink…all by mouth…not a cue light in sight. In the Walt Disney Theatre we had 3 lifts in the stage, scenery moving up and down, in and out…and occasionally a very rocky ship with audience members throwing up all over the theatre…FUN!
After my second contract with Disney I told them I was ready to be on solid land again but would consider coming back to work for them if a couple minor changes were to take place. My next venture was working as a Production Manager for the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena. Since the AGP theatre closed Hillary (the AGP Theatre Manager) had moved over there and offered me the gig. Being a PM is a HUGE job and I felt accomplished in the job I did…but I missed Stage Managing.
I had a phone interview with a touring company to go out on the 2nd National Tour of Altar Boyz and I got it! I was finally a touring SM! This was something I had wanted to do since I was in the 8th grade and had a book on “Jobs in Showbiz.” Altar Boyz was a wild ride. Mostly one-nighters and 15 people on a 12 person sleeper bus…it was cozy to say the least. We all made it through the tour with a lot of love, we made friendships that will last a life time, and gained experience on many, many different things some having nothing to do with theatre.
The last week of the Altar Boyz tour I was contacted by the Stage Manager I took Altar Boyz over from and she was seeing if I was available to come fill in for her while she moved into the Production Stage Manager spot on Riverdance. I had a phone interview with the Company Manager Jesse and was offered the job on the spot. I hung up the phone and went into hysterics. I had watched Riverdance over and over as a kid and loved, loved, LOVED the show. I called my Dad and Mom and through sobs told them that I was going to be the Stage Manager for Riverdance. Altar Boyz closed on a Sunday in Milwaukee and the next morning I was on a plane to Saginaw to meet up with Riverdance.
I went to work for Riverdance as a Dep, but it very quickly turned into a longer engagement. Riverdance was such a different experience from Altar Boyz and I was loving every single minute of it. There were ups and downs of learning to work with a new crew and PSM, but all in all I was still doing a job that I had always wanted to do and found much joy in my work.
On our last week of tour in Vienna, VA I was asked if I was interested in coming back out on tour and that they would be making a decision over the next few weeks as to who was coming back out in the fall. I was so excited to have even been spoken to about returning and immediately went to work visualizing myself back out on tour.&
October first we started the beginning of the final leg of the Riverdance Farewell Tour and I was so happy to have returned. The cast and crew on this show are so brilliant and I have learned so many new things in the past few months. Each night I start my show being thankful for being here and living this dream. I hear the audience applauding and see the performers smiling and I am at home. We still have 5 more full months left on this tour and I already get teary eyed thinking about our last show together.
It’s time for another show here at the Pantages in Los Angeles so I just want to say how thankful I am to have a friend who will let me sleep on her couch whether or not I am gainfully employed.
Peace and love, Kim
Thursday, January 14, 2010
3510 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026-2106
5907 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-5409
Of course all this fun will have to wait until I am done with laundry... I don't miss much from working on the ship, but the way my laundry would come back pressed and beautiful...welllll...I do kind of miss that.
Here's the info on Bright Spot:
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Here's the website: www.californiavegan.com
Peace and love,
I was thinking and thinking turned into gratitude about everything that has and is happening in my life. I was thinking about my friends and how I am so blessed to have such good friends who love me and back me in everything I do. And by friends I also include my family, because my family is more than just blood, they truly are my friends and some of the best friendships I have. I would not be here if it wasn't for the support I have been given in my life choices. I've never really reflected on how much I try to change others and I'm actually really sorry for that. I try my hardest to motivate them to do what I think they should do. It's always something they have mentioned to me they want to do, but when they change their mind and want to do something else I should also support them in that choice as well. I promise to work on this.
I am so proud of my friends, who they are, what they do and I will tell them that more often.
The load in to the Pantages was so awesome. I could hardly believe that I was working at a theatre that I had always wanted to work out of. The day was long, but the show was fantastic and the audience really enjoyed it.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Day 31-38 Load out of San Jose...leaving behind Christian, Travel day to San Diego, San Diego Veggie Sushi...
On Monday I drove down from San Jose to San Diego with our Lead Wardrobe Gal, Brigid. The drive down was verrrrrry boring because 75% of it was in heavy fog. I HATE driving in heavy fog because it doesn't feel like you are going anywhere at all. We stopped a few times for leg stretches, coffee, and finally In and Out Burger...yummy! I had a veggie burger which is really just the bun and all the fixings minus the meat and cheese. I had forgot to order it without the thousand island so there was a minor glitch in the vegan diet that day (also I must remember to look up their ingredients of their buns). You don't really notice the absence of meat when you get the flavors of everything else and not to mention their ever so famous french fries! The drive took about 8 hours and the very last bit of it was in some light so cal traffic, which wasn't terrible because the sun was shining and all was beautiful.
After we arrived and I unloaded 4 grocery bags, 2 suitcases, a big box, and my purse it was hard to believe that we were going to be here for a week. I need to seriously lose about half the stuff I am lugging around while I have my car. For dinner I went to this place called Sushi Deli 2 and it was the BEST veggie sushi I have ever had!!! The waitress I had was super fantastic and a vegetarian so she recommended some great rolls to try! They had my favorite roll which is tempura yam with avocado on top. I love it!!!!! I went there a total of three times this week.
The next day I made a trip to Ralph's to gather some other necessary groceries:
- Orowheat Whole Wheat and Double Fiber bread (no eggs, honey, or dairy!)
-I make really yummy PB and Banana sandwiches on this bread or PB & J with smuckers organic grape jelly and Skippy's All Natural Creamy PB.
- Wheat Sourdough bread (no eggs, or dairy) and very yummy!!
-This bread is for my tofurkey and fake cheese sandwiches with spicy mustard and veggie crisps. Also great for dunking in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a touch of garlie salt.
- Tofutti American "Cheese" absolutely no casein in this, which isn't the case in a lot of other soy cheeses. It was a happy find!
- Apples (Gala, Red Delicious, Pink Lady)
- Paper Plates (to be thrown away in the recycling bin - well done Westin Hotel!!)
- Straws (disposable...couldn't find reusable ones...these are for my protein shakes)
- Soy Yogurt
- Chili beans
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Seasoning Salt
- Garlic Salt
The theatre we are playing at is great! It's the Civic Theatre. Love it. Love the house staff. Awesome. This is the first theatre that I have seen other shows in and also get to work in. It feels great! I saw Rent with Shannon and Danielle and Miss Saigon with Linz and Jason years ago.
The weather here is so beautiful and it's going to be hard to leave here tomorrow. I have decided that I will return to SD and live here after I am done touring and have lived and worked in NYC. So...several years from now, but I'm still ecstatic about it.
I was able to see Monty, Genn, and Justin while in San Diego and it was great! When Monty saw me the first thing he said to me was that I looked really healthy which made me feel good because I think there is a misconception about vegans looking un-healthy or weak. I find that I look the opposite and feel fantastic! In the past month that I have been living the vegan lifestyle I have maintained my weight but still lost inches. I can only attribute it to the fact that I am keeping my muscle mass, but continuing to lose fat. I have kept up the jogging every other day and because of that I make sure to get all my protein and carbs more than I think I normally would have. The veggies are much easier to eat now as well and I never thought those words would pass my lips.
Tomorrow we will be traveling to LA and performing there for 2 weeks. I'm really excited to be near some great health food stores that I know of there...Erewhon, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's...and I'm sure I can hunt down a few more. Seeing Linz, the Elephant Theatre Company, and hopefully some former teachers will be the highlight of these next two weeks....then off to Arizona.
Love and peace,
Saturday, January 2, 2010
New Years Day I spent in bed with the expected champagne headache...I woke up at 10am and ate a tofurkey sandwich, took a nap, woke up watched the docu "The Beautiful Truth"...hello...amazing! Took a nap, woke up, had a tofutti better than cream cheese sandwich with tomatoes and red onion...yummy, took a shower and headed into work.
As much as I had set up 2010 to be something amazing it really just felt like another day....until showtime. When the show started I started to feel really happy...how blessed was I to work on such a great show. I started thinking about future job interviews and how I will be asked about my time spent with Riverdance, what was my experience like...it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I love my job very much and look forward to these next 5 months together with some of the most talented and lovable people I have ever known.
Living on the road and being single is always a strange thing...I'm sure people on the road who are married would say the same. The lifestyle itself is unlike anything else. It's strange because you go on day after day without much personal contact and you don't realize how much you miss it until you have it. Spending time with my family with all the hugs and kisses really makes you realize how much you need those things. It's been proven that babies will die without human contact in their first few months of life, so it makes me wonder how long adults can live without this kind of personal touch. The cast is a pretty huggy bunch so we do get enough to get by and it's nice to have some friends close enough to lean on...but it does make you wonder.
Peace and love,