I have dabbled in a few creative things over the years but I’ve really felt pulled to do MORE recently– whether that’s sharing a message about creativity or creating experiences, instead of just participating in them. Doing creative things on my own is great but I feel like I am being of the most service when I can share or create an experience with other people.
While I figure it out, I’m throwing myself into every creative endeavor I can manage. Here’s what I’ve been up to!
Ukulele Lessons and (gulp) Performing
I have been taking ukulele classes this summer with the lovely Cynthia Lin. She teaches group classes that run in 6 week increments and it has been the perfect structure for me. I’ve taken two six week series and hope to continue on. The environment is super supportive and Cynthia makes learning as minimally frustrating as possible!
In the spirit of pushing my comfort zone I signed up to be considered as a presenter for a “Show and Tell” type event hosted by my fitness community November Project – San Francisco. I performed “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga using my bare minimum ukulele skills. Talk about nerve-wracking but SO.MUCH.FUN. The November Project community is the most supportive group of people you will find so I am super grateful that I could make my ukulele “debut” with them.
Here is a recording of the performance and all the brave presenters from the evening (start from the beginning).
I got the idea a couple months ago to organize a jam session type event that would be collaborative and have a performance aspect at the end. I’ve jammed with friends before and after a couple hours I found myself wishing I could share this experience with other people and to have it “culminate” in something like a performance. I decided to experiment with this with an event in late June with a friend to see what would happen!
I posted a synopsis of what happened on Facebook, along with the performances in the first comment below. I get overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about that evening. The hope is to do another one before the year closes!
No Mirror Movement
I auditioned and made it onto a new dance company called No Mirror Movement and I am SO.EXCITED. for what is to come. The company’s mission is to create dance art that shares a message of positive body image and self-love, as well as events and programs that give people confidence to dance and be in their bodies. The director/founder of the company is a badass, uplifting woman and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of something so special. We focus on the dance styles of hip-hop, contemporary and waacking.
Our scheduled events so far include:
- September 6: Going on a Dance Workout @The Embarcadero– a dance workout in a park!
- September 24: Going on a Dance Workout @Fort Mason
- October 26: Performace at RAW Artists SF Showcase
- November 5: Waacking Battle (more info to come)
If you’re in the Bay Area, I would LOVE to see you at one or more of these events. There are a lot of exciting things in the works and I’m super excited for the journey that is to come with it.
Producing Creative Events
I have been exploring what it looks like more to produce events that have a creativity and play focus. I production assisted a couple Late Nite Art events this summer after I reached out to the co-founder. I also had the opportunity to produce the crowdfunding wrap party for Full Out Studios, a new dance studio in Oakland that is owned and operated by a couple dance teachers I take from.
I also recently took on a co-producer role for Silicon Valley Fashion Week? 2016. Yes, the question mark is intentional 🙂 The event will showcase three nights of tech, fashion, performances and speakers all in one creative, quirky, entertaining show.
I am also hard at work for the Code for America Summit where my role is to be in charge of all the sponsors and their marketing and onsite deliverables. It’s just shy of a couple months away so it’s getting busy. They are an amazing organization so I’m super excited to be supporting them again with their Summit.
I have lots of balls in the air and still lots of other ideas for projects. I don’t know the bigger picture behind all these creative endeavors and ideas yet so I’m trying to stay open to the process while I figure it out and most importantly, HAVE FUN while I do it. I’m not sure how everything will come under one big umbrella that will include events (for clients and that I host), community, creativity, play, dance and music. For anyone that is reading this, thanks for allowing me to share my journey. I would love to hear from you about what you’ve learned about figuring out your own big picture and how you strategically choose what to focus on. Until then, here’s to more play and creativity in all of our lives!
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