I’ve been pants at keeping up my blog during 2018. For good reason. I’ve been busy. It’s the best reason to not be able to do something.
I keep my blog to remind myself of the headspace I was in project to project, think about what I’ve learnt and go into more detail than my CV allows for curious eyes. So it’s been a bit of a bummer not to keep it up. Rather than retrospectively trying to fill in the blanks, I’m going to keep moving forward.
But there are a couple of cool creative things that happened this year I’d like to log for myself.
Being able to leave my day job.
That’s cosmic space star ordering stuff.
I’ve been working professionally in supporting other people in their artistic projects in some way since 2010. Six of those years was working at National Theatre of Scotland. Which was an education in theatre like no other. It made me proud of Scotland whereas growing up I was always suspicious of the quality of anything that came from close to home. Working a desk job introduced me to producers, administrators, marketers. Some of the most creative people I know and I wish our industry gave them more room to innovate, contribute to programming and trust their instincts. Working with people who approach their role with as much heart wrenching, sleepless night passion as I write or direct is a gift. We’re very lucky to have people like this championing our ancient and hobbled industry. It was a real wrench to say goodbye – for now.
I was able to take the leap into full time creating thanks to the commission from Middle Child. This gave the lump of cash I needed to support myself in a more flexible way similar to how my salary did. Creative bursaries and rehearsal fees allow only a hand to mouth existence. But in making myself available, more opportunities and jobs have opened up to me. So I’m grateful for the risk Middle Child took on me to an obscene level that I know they’d shrug off as not being a risk but being their job and whole reason of existing. Wish we had more folk like this team operating. So full time creative freelancing has been good and looks set to continue to be good – for now.
Enough chat. Here's some playlists from shows I worked on this year. Cause music is the best. Catch you in 2019.