|THE YEAR END QUIZ- YEAR 8
||[Dec. 27th, 2011|01:32 pm]
Like the changing of the seasons or the rising of the sun, like clockwork comes this, the end of the year quiz. Holy shit, this is year EIGHT (coincidentally as many years as I’ve participated in Fringe) of this quiz, the only reason why my livejournal exists. Every year my friends list becomes a little more inactive (and what is the deal with being unable to go back in time on your friends list? Come on people!) and I half expect livejournal to fold into nothingness. Still, it has not yet entirely evaporated, so here we are to remember the year that was (and is still, for a brief time) 2011.
1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Whew, this will be a long one I imagine. I went on my first TYA tour, taking the PTE Munsch show all over Manitoba, making it my first time in many of those towns/cities, including Flin Flon, Thompson, Swan Lake, South Indian Lake, Leaf Rapids and many, many more. We got caught in a convoy following a dog sled race, which is the first time I’ve seen one of those, and my 28th birthday was a litany of firsts, most of those quite embarrassing. Suffice to say, Jack Daniels and I aren’t on speaking terms. Once that was finished I had a bit of a torrid love affair which launched some more firsts, the most notable of which being the first time I’ve ever slept in a stairwell. I went from there to the National Voice Intensive, my first time doing that which was an amazing experience and one that I’ll hopefully be able to do again some time. I also got my first professional development grants to go there, which was very welcome. From there I went on tour with the Fringe, where I ended up touring for the first time to Ottawa, Saskatoon and Vancouver. I got my first run of sellouts and amazing reviews, which was a godsend. Before Winnipeg I did Folkfest, where a miscommunication led to me buying something other than I expected. Would do it again! I took a break in between the tour to head to Europe where I went to Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Berlin for the first time. Missing a flight made me sleep in an airport for the first time! (Liked it so much I did it again a few days later. “Liked”. ) Finally, upon finishing up my tour I managed to find a place to live, which is the first time my name has been on a lease, and quickly got a new job, which while not a first, it is my first new joe job in ten years. Also my first foray into telesales, and despite the cool people I met, hopefully my last. I also signed onto an agent, another first! Then I started working writing copy for a video game company, which is my first time doing that. Are there more? I’m sure there are, but this is all the comes to mind.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
From last year:
"1. Attend the National Voice Intensive
2. Get a Five Star review for my Fringe show
3. Book at least one gig in Vancouver
4. Finish the year out of debt
5. Do the side splits. I don't know if I'll be able to get this done, but fuck it, no guts, no glory.
6. Finish a full length play and my YA novel idea, along with at least 5 short stories. I'm a writer when I bother to actually write, so let's get this done.”
So, where do we stand this year? I did indeed go to the National Voice Intensive, as mentioned above, and The Suckerpunch managed a five star review in Uptown Magazine. Good start! Don’t manage too well after that: I did book a quick voice over gig as well as a couple of student films upon moving to Vancouver, but I didn’t end up doing any paid work, so I’m only giving myself a partial there. I most certainly did not finish the year out of debt, although an end is in sight, provided things go the way I hope they do, fingers crossed. No side splits this year, although that is always a bit of a pipe dream and as far as writing goes, I didn’t do too much beyond writing The Suckerpunch and working on some freelance gigs. That said, getting paid to write is always nice, so I don’t feel too bad about it.
So how about next year? I’m thinking something like this:
1. Book a paying gig in Vancouver
2. Write and perform a full five minutes of standup
3. Get out of debt.
4. Get back into capoeira
5. Do the side splits. It’s a classic!
6. Write 100, 000 words. Just write, dammit!
Best of luck, future me!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
None of my friends have given birth yet, but I can feel it coming on. Jen had her kid, so one more Hirose on the list: Welcome to the family Naomi! Other than that, it’s been a quiet year, baby wise. I think I won’t be saying that much longer.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I wasn’t in town for it, but Ken Peter, Executive Producer of Rainbow Stage just recently passed away. I couldn’t say that Ken and I were close, but I worked for his company on several occasions and I knew him as a supportive member of the small Winnipeg theatre community. His loss will be felt hard and my condolences go to all those who are missing him this holiday season.
5. What countries did you visit?
I did it all in two weeks, but I visited Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, England and Scotland this year. I had originally planned on hitting France too! Note to self: Never try to hit that many places in that little time ever again. That said, Copenhagen is freaking amazing! Definitely want to head back sometime soon.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
2011 was pretty fulfilling for me, although I could have hoped for a bit more financial success towards the end of my fringe tour: Vancouver was okay, but Victoria was a loss and I wasn’t really prepared to absorb that. I didn’t have a steady relationship in 2011, but that would have been a bad year to have one. It also would have prevented some of the more memorable parts of the year, and wouldn’t want that, would we? That said, it would be nice to have one in 2012 now that I’m more settled, so we’ll see. Getting back on my financial feet is also something I’m looking for. Modest goals, but not without complications. Let’s see what happens.
7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I couldn’t tell you the date exactly, but finishing the Vancouver tour in September and realizing that my wild year had pretty much come to an end: I spent basically an entire year living out of a backpack. Now that was finally done. Back to “real life”, whatever that is.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I guess sticking to the plan in Vancouver: Got a job, got a house, got an agent, got a better job, got into improv... Everything that I’ve worked towards has come back to me. I’ve just got to keep at it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Money management deserves a mention. I’m not in dire straights by any means, but I could be better off if I had done a few things smarter. It helps that I’ve been travelling, on a random, audience based income and incurring all sorts of added expenses. Now that’s all finished, I think I’ll be able to manage better. Victoria Fringe was my big failure last year: Can’t say it was much better this one. I still have a chance to apply for next year: Do I want to go through that? I don’t even know!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was ill for the majority of the PTE tour, which was TONS of fun, as you can imagine. Thankfully, through the grace of Nim Jiom I managed to hold it all together. Beyond that, I’m doing A-O-Kay.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My road bike wasn’t bought this year, but it’s certainly my favourite possession. With that off the board, I’m going to have to go with my touring backpack, which was my constant companion and occasional pillow. I don’t want to use it for a while, but I has served me well.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I adopted several substitute families over the year: My touring family with PTE- Charlene, Heather and Ray, my Voice Intensive Family- Dora, Robin and Alex with a much larger extended family on top of that with great teachers and fellow students and finally my touring family: I’m not going to start naming all the names, because this list would go forever. The point being, my life would have been very sad this year without all these awesome folks, and my year was very happy. A thousand thank yous, everyone, because you rule.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Occasionally my own, although that’s nothing new. I should write a play about that- Oh wait, I did. One of my co-workers at a certain job had a day that tossed him in this pile, but that wasn’t without my own contributions, so I won’t hold it against him. Let’s all be cool, people!
14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel & food, with a bunch of cash spent on moving related things and of course, boxing day. But travel is really the big one. I worked out that I had taken 21 separate planes in a six month period? That shit ain’t cheap!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
A whole bunch of things. Doing the voice intensive, doing my Fringe tour, selling out shows, going to Europe, finally moving into Vancouver, getting my copywriting gig. Life is exciting!
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
It’s Getting Boring by the Sea: I found it in 2010, but it was a constant in my various show soundtracks. Need a little pick-you-up when you’re doing a big show!
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. Apart from a very cool, very involving year, moving to Vancouver is the best thing I ever did.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, in part because Vancouver doesn’t know what winter is and has great biking infrastructure. Yay!
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer. I think I’ve moaned about this enough.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
My biggest regret is not spending as much time as I could have with friends: I got in a fair amount of time with my various compatriots, but I could have done more. I miss those guys and I know it’ll be a while before I see them next.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Held off on writing. It’s a skill I have and one that has paid dividends: I need to be less of an ass hat when it comes to doing it when I’m not under the gun.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas is done and I spent it in three parts: Dogsitting in downtown Vancouver, hanging out at my place with my roommates and tons of couch surfers, and with family in Maple Ridge. Now I know how long it takes to get to Maple Ridge! Answer: Too freaking long.
21. How will you be spending New Years?
New Years is a bit up in the air: I’ll probably be at the house party being thrown at my place. If anything, to stop people from having sex in my bed. That’s my job!
22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Yes, and hard. Thought I was done being silly, turns out that is a foolish assumption to make.
23. How many one-night stands?
One, kinda, sorta.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Wire (so good!), The Office, Community. I enjoyed Picnicface’s show, although I don’t think it’ll get a season 2.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope, although I did have a couple of friends give me shit for various things. It happens.
26. What was the best book you read?
I really got into Game of Thrones while on tour this year and holy crap is it good. I read all five books in one go, and now I have to wait for the next one! Man, I should have paced myself better.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing comes to mind, although I did end up listening to a lot of Likke Li, and she rules.
28. What did you want and get?
Recognition. Desire. Honestly. Opportunity. Release. Hope.
29. What did you want and not get?
Things to hurry the fuck up.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
The only one that I can recall seeing in theatres is The Muppet Movie, although I also really enjoyed Black Swan.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was in Dauphin, so we drank at home, went out to the legion, then the bully, drove the girls home, back to the bully, kept drinking, scene missing. Yep. Too old for this shit indeed.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Finishing off my tour stronger, some quality time with a certain someone.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
More refinement of the same. Between Old Navy, H&M and Threadless, that’s pretty much 90% of my wardrobe.
34. What kept you sane?
Friends, everywhere friends. Particularly those surrogate families previously mentioned.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Emma Stone was freaking adorable in Crazy Stupid Love, which I also liked a lot more than I expected. Thanks for that, air travel!
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The political unrest around the world kept me engaged. I also voted for a mayor that actually won an election! Yay! Still, the unrest around the world is probably here for a while. Let’s see where it goes.
37. Who did you miss?
Pretty much my whole Winnipeg friends and family. I’m missing you all right now. You should really come visit.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I’m giving this one to Alyssa, and by extension my other roomies Cam and Adrian. They are all fine folks and I enjoy co-habituating with them. Can’t ask for much more than that, right?
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Hard work does pay off. Also, you’ve got to be at the right place at the right time. If you’re working hard, you should be. Always go to bed being able to say that you did something to work towards your goals. If you can do that every day, you can get there.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
The world I love
The tears I drop
To be part of
The wave can't stop
Ever wonder if it's all for you
Well, that’s one more year down. See you in 2012! Hope the world doesn’t end!