I been looking at what I love to do and trying to actively do more of it. I've discovered one of my passions is teaching. Although I don't have a degree in education, I have found plenty of opportunities to teach tons of folks plenty of things. I teach workshops around Chicago, I've been a guest lecturer at my Alma Mater and I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the theatre students at Crystal Lake South High School back in 2015.
I got my start in theatre in high school and it was a real trip to be on the other side as an adult.
Along the way though, I stopped. I fell subject to the same judgement that all folks who do something creative feel. It starts from a very young age. We all want to fit in and creativity has a way of making you stick out. I didn't think I was good enough at it to keep doing it, so I stopped.
Two decades later, after taking some improv classes, binge watching Netflix comedy specials and Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins, I got the guts to start doing stand up. I thought for the longest time that stand up had a specific formula to which you had to adhere. I never thought of myself as a funny person. I don't tell jokes. Punchlines stress me out. This anxiety subsided a bit after hearing Paul F Tompkins shoot the shit with so many different comedy folks. I had seen the work all of these talented people produced but hearing them talk about their struggle and learning process I had a deeper understanding and appreciation of what the comedic creative process could look like.
I had the delight to work with one of my favorite scenic designers in the city William Boles. He designed a beautiful monochromatic set that illuminated the vibrant story and characters of Ragtime. But it wasn't all black and white. I also got the distinct pleasure to paint a sky backdrop. It is so rare these days to actually paint a drop here in Chicago. No one seems to have the time or money. I am so grateful I got to rock out my skills on a beautiful sky full of gorgeous clouds.
Read more to learn about the process of the sky drop below!