Hey guys: It's time once again for the year end quiz, the only thing this livejournal exists for. I'm a bit blown away that it has been ten whole years, but there you go. I was 20 when I first did one of these quizzes, and in a month I'll be 31. How the time flies, and how things change, bit by bit, without even noticing it. Well, here goes another year. Onwards!
1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
2013 was a crazy year, for a bunch of reasons. Let's list them!
This year I got my first job in an inbound call center, which I didn't expect to be much of a thing, but here I am a year later. It's not my "rest of my life" job, but it works for now and has allowed me the financial stability to get shit done, which is incredibly adult. Along with the job, I've been forced (quite unwillingly, but there you go) to regularly wake up before 7pm which is also "adult", if by adult I mean incredibly depressing.
Acting wise, 2013 had its ups and downs. I booked my first voice over gig in town, which turned out to be the only thing I booked with my agent at the time. I also wrote the first play for Jenny and myself (Lovely Souls), the first time I've written a non-one man play pre-cast from conception. I also did my first equity co-op show in Vancouver (Cocktails at Pams) which was a real joy and gave me the opportunity to meet a bunch of awesome actor types in the city. I also managed to get dropped by my agent again, which while not a first is something I mention here because I would really rather not make a tradition of it. At this point (Victoria has still to be drawn) this is also the first year that I've ended without any fringes upcoming in the summer. To finish off on a high note, I was taken on as a full member of the Instant Theatre company this year, which was a real honour and has allowed me to work with some fantastic improvisers that I'm excited to work with again.
I started a podcast full time on a weekly schedule, which has now released 54 episodes. I flew to Winnipeg for Erinn and Levon's wedding, which was the second shortest trip I've ever done, popping in for the weekend and immediately out again. I also met Jenny's mother for the first time, during the Winnipeg Fringe which was HER first time seeing Jenny perform since the age of 16 and the first time seeing her in years, as well as meeting and staying with my family. But Jenny: Well, she deserves a paragraph break.
So, Jenny marked a bunch of first for me: To start with, she's the first person I've ever bought a plane ticket for, when she came here in January, which in turn convinced her to move here after graduation in April. That made her the first girlfriend I've co-habitate-ed with and it's going pretty great all things considered. She did her first Burleseque performance just a few weeks ago, which was great. A lot of the things I've done this year have been for her, and I don't regret a single one of them. I'm a very lucky man, and if 2013 is the first full year of that luck, then I hope I have many many more to come. 2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
From last year:
"1. Release at least 10 podcasts
2. Release at least 100 comics
3. Get a new agent and book a paying gig with them
4. Find a new job or lock in more freelance work
5. Side splits. This will be the year!
6. Give yourself at least two months with a finished draft for Fringe this year."
So how did I do? Well, I did indeed release at least 10 podcasts: Brent and Morgan are Huge Nerds continues to truck along, and with recent developments it looks like it will continue to do so for a while as we've invested in some things for the future. There's also the possibility that I'll be starting a second, less frequent podcast, although nothing has been set up yet regarding that. All these podcasts did however eat into my comic making time, and only 7 comics were posted in 2013, leaving Bored at Work Comics essentially abandoned. Luckily, I turned things around by snagging a new agent and booking a single paying gig with them... before getting dropped again. And then, I managed both to get some more freelance work AND get a new job, which I am still working at today, although I would like to step down my hours moving into the future. Side splits did not happen (they never do) and holy crap was I not on top of my Fringe script this year. So, that makes it a .500 average, which isn't too shabby all things considered, although could obviously be much better.
What's on tap for next year?
1. Get a new agent and maintain that agent for the full year
2. Launch 2 websites. (This will happen, just want to set it in stone here)
3. Catch up with last two years taxes
4. Get at least 5 callbacks this year
5. Side splits. The tradition continues
6. Write the first draft of 1999. Also write the first draft of your novel, you procrastinator"
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
This was the year of babies. My cousin Jennifer gave birth to her second child, my friends Athena, Shira, Andrea and Anita all gave birth to their first. That's a lot of freaking little people jumping around! It seems like I'm definitely in that stage of life where the majority of my friends are really settling down, buying houses, getting married and now having kids. I'm not there yet, but the drums of inevitability are beating. Ulp!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No funerals this year.
5. What countries did you visit?
Last year I didn't think I'd be leaving the country this year, and that turned out to be entirely correct. I know I'll be at least heading to the states in 2014, but it will probably be until 2015 when I can get out of North America again.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Last year was about stability, which was more or less gained: This year is about gaining some momentum that was lost to get stability. If I'm going to continue on with my acting career, I need to make the inroads that my touring schedule never allowed me to make, and I need to really work hard to ensure that these next few years are spent building instead of maintaining. For my acting, the podcast, my writing, general health: It's time to dig deep and get better.
7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
While I don't have the exact date, the moment that Jenny decided she was going to move to Vancouver after graduation was a huge one for me. Making that happen and be a comfortable experience has been my whole year.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Convincing a lovely lady to move over half way across the country to be with me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Time management was pretty bad this year, particularly around Fringe time. My show did okay, but could have gone so much better if only I had put in the time I needed to get everything done on time. I got overwhelmed.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major, although I did have my first real dental appointments in years (like, a decade?) which resulted in many teeth getting fillings. Other than that, just the usual occasional flus and colds.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
The two things that got a ton of use this year were the plethora of podcasting equipment I bought: Half way through the year we upgraded to a multi-microphone setup, which greatly increased our ability to make podcasts that didn't need hours of remastering. I also used my 3DS tons. Really enjoying that system!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Jenny, again. The steps she has made since moving to Vancouver, getting her own life started up here, it's been lovely to see her being to blossom in her new home. I was also overjoyed to work with such a fantastic crew on Cocktails at Pams: I'd be delighted to work with any of them on another project and hopefully will have the occasion to do so soon.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
I had to give a friend of mine a real reaming out over the phone this year, and I haven't talked to her since. I'm hoping she figures things out and we can be friends again, but she needs to work her shit out.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Other than the expected: Rent and Food, a lot of money this year went to helping Jenny out with the move. Other than that, I've spend a decent amount of cash on the usual video games and comic books: Comics have scaled back a bit, as I'm only collecting Fables, Invincible and whatever Ed Burbaker is currently working on. Video games got a boost due to Kickstarter and especially the Humble Bundle. God, they always get my money.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Jenny's visit. Jenny's move. Joining Instant. Being offered Cocktails. Friends staying in town.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
I'm becoming an old man who doesn't listen to much new music, although Royals has managed to permeate the world, so let's go with that.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. Things are looking up.
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same, although I've been away from the gym for far too long, which seems to be a holiday tradition.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer, although still working out a few things cash flow wise.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Networking. If I had been able to do all the acting things I wanted last year I think I would be in a better place, but that said, there is only so much time in the year. If things go like I'm planning, hopefully this will not be an issue going forward.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastination is huge here. If I actually start working on something, I can usually make headway. If I put off doing that, it can take forever before I've even moved an inch. If I can nip this in the bud, I can have a much more active year and that is what I'm aiming for.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
This Christmas was a nice one: There was the usual dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Donna and Grants, although with Jenny tagging along this year. Jenny and I also were house sitting for Stephen and Tyler, while looking after their lovely (if somewhat antisocial) kitty Maggie. The roomies were also out of town, so other than the internet mysteriously going down right in the middle of the holidays it was a fairly quiet holiday with just enough quality time with good friends.
21. How will you be spending New Years?
After last year's uneventful New Years I had to step it up: This year I met up with my good friend Ben who was on is way through town on the way back to Whitehorse. The two of us checked out Vancouver Hacker Space, went to a house party with tons of his old friends from Montreal and free craft beer, followed by a NYE Dance party being thrown by a bunch of local indie theatre companies. The party was a blast and Ben (along with a couple from the first party) and I all got wasted on delicious Maple Whiskey and stumbled back home. Ben ended up missing his flight home the next day, which allowed us some more time to hang out, grabbing Dim Sum, playing Spaceteam and ordering Thai before Ben headed out and Jenny and I joined Greg, Trorry and Eliot for some board games. A pretty awesome New Years all around.
22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I fell deeper in love, which is in many ways much better.
23. How many one-night stands?
None: I expect that to be the case for a while at least. :D
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Breaking Bad finished this year, as will How I Met Your Mother which is actually pulling off a string of great episodes. As for new TV, Netflix really knocked it out of the part with House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black being well worth my eight bucks a month.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Jimmy is a shitbag. Fuck that guy.
26. What was the best book you read?
Most recently I've gone back and re-read all of the Ender's Game original series. I have so many issues with Orson Scott Card, but those first two books in particular are so good. I've read a fair bit this year, but nothing else really jumps out at that same level.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
For lack of anything that I personally discovered, I'll have to go with one of Jenny's musical idols. Let's say Rachel Sermanni?
28. What did you want and get?
Her. Improv. That Job.
29. What did you want and not get?
A clean landing. Faith in me. A big break.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
A lot of movies on Netflix this year, but nothing really jumps out at me as "oh my god it's totally the best". I did watch a lot of Marvel movies since apparently I like my He-Man beat-em-ups.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My second birthday in Vancouver, I had a dual party with my friend Marina and had a whole slew of friends over for tons of boardgames, Nintendo 64 and drinking. It was well attended (including Jenny via Skype) and everybody had a great time. Two thumbs way up.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Acting work moving forward the way I want it to. A couple of job things working out for both Jenny and I. Being involved in a runaway success.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
I bought nicer shoes, slimmer pants, let my hair grow out a bit. It's all moving along.
34. What kept you sane?
Jenny, board games, friends, video games, podcasting, regularly performing.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
AJ Lee is the most recent one in memory. She's not a good actress, but she's a pretty good wrestler and she's hella cute.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?'
Not much in the way of politics this year, but the fact the Rob Ford is still mayor after the shit show that was 2013 is pretty outstanding. Are there no legal consequences to his actions?
37. Who did you miss?
Hamish? I also missed Jenny a hell of a lot pre-moving here and while she was in Ottawa for Marcus being born.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I'm having a hard time nailing down many new people from this year: Getting to know Marina better has been a treat, as well as getting involved deeper in the improv scene.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
Other than having the improv great "Yes, and..." drilled into my head a bunch of times, probably the fact that you need to have something to offer for people to care. I will continue offering.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
The best is yet to come.