Saturday, March 6, 2010

I know, I know… more about my friggin’ show

Do I sound like Dr. Suess or what?

Okay, I know my blog has been all about my friggin’ D Words show lately, but I’m on this never ending quest to inspire you to share your own talents with the world, and so I must share my lessons learned.

At this point, I have 13 performances under my belt, and it wasn’t until number 8 that I feel the show found its groove. Remember how I was ready to quit after my 2/25 show and then the next day I made some changes and knocked it out of the park? So on 2/26, I launched what I consider to be The D Words verson 2.0. Not that 1.0 absolutely sucked; I got lots of positive feedback an encouraging review in www.Living-Las– In fact, one couple came to see the show twice within those first weeks (!), but I knew it just wasn’t there yet.

God willing, there will be a v3.0 and 4.0 and who knows how many incarnations down the line as I consider how I can make the show better and better. That’s all part of the creative process. When I look at the early days of this blog, it’s obvious that it took me a while to figure out what it was going to be. (Do any of you remember the grammar lessons I used to post?!) And believe me, the early drafts of Bastard Husband look nothing like what ended up in book form!

Oh, how I love my Ricky Gervais!

My sister Lori says that when a creation is fresh out of the birth canal, you’re gonna have to wipe some shit off. My point—and my advice to you—is don’t put off starting a project because you’re afraid it won’t be perfect. It will gradually evolve into what you want it to be, as long as you continue to work on it.

I saw this post on Facebook today from my comic friend John Hilder. He’s from Utah (and therefore has a wealth of material—ha!) and is a fine comic and truly nice guy. He'll be at The Riviera Comedy club next week--check him out if you have a chance.

John Hilder is not sure what would be more painful: Getting stabbed repeatedly for 30 straight minutes or bombing on stage for 30 straight minutes. I just did the second one so if anyone would like to come stab me for a half an hour or so for comparison's sake let me know.
Yep. That’s just gonna happen.


raydenzel1 said...

Self promotion and boundless energy combined with enthusiasm and the guts of a cat burglar, what's not to like.

p.s. thanks for the kind words.

JeannetteLS said...

Couldn't agree more, Linda. I just finished two horrible paintings that have taught me a whole lot. I think that if I had let fear of imperfection stop me from things, I'd have never hit puberty... I love Ricky Gervais. Sometimes, as awful as it can be, it's that shit from the birth canal of projects we learn the most from... although success probably could have some absolutely LOVELY lessons. Sounding like Dr. Seuss is not a bad thing, is it?

Unknown said...

Amen! Lori is so right. Perfect is pretty much an oxymoron to me. There's just no such thing.