Hoorah for Hollywood!
It’s been a while, folks.
I feel like I say that a lot. If I do, it’s because I’ve discovered that whilst I enjoy writing, I’m terrible at getting around to it. In a world full of stimuli seeking my attention, blogging oft gets shunted or propelled down the list. I’ve also been blogging on another site, so I need to figure out a way to share content.
What is good, is that I’ve been a busy chap and moved again. For those of you who follow my peregrinations, you’ll know that I have lived in several countries including most recently, Portugal, Malaysia and back to the UK for a few years. Last August I made the decision to move to Los Angeles, California. I’ve been here a year now and I divide my time between teaching and making theatre and of course, performance. This year has been full and culminated with a stint at The Hollywood Fringe, for which I designed and collaborated on awhile new show called ‘The Universe (101)’ with fellow ISTA teaching artist Matthew Godfrey, a Canadian clown who I’ve known for years. I am happy to report that it has been an unqualified success with the public and the critics earning four awards and a nomination for ‘Best Cabaret & Variety’.
I have the penultimate show this evening and I’m about to make some props that are needed every night for some of the mystery work!
Since I’ve only been here a year, it’s been all about making contacts and meeting folk and I am getting to the position now where I am able to use those contacts. My teaching work has been both illuminating and invigorating. The small arts school that I am teaching at is a very liberal place and I have found myself having to adapt to new ways of working but also to bring some of my practices into the ethos of the school. In the short time I have worked there, I have helped the students achieve success in the community and also in the larger world through performances and entering a competition in which they did exceedingly well. Very proud to see them wrestle with material like Shakespeare and not just pull it off but demonstrate a fluency and familiarity in handling such complex text and themes in an assured way.
In Mentalism, I have joined a group of LA based mentalists founded by my mentor the Great Carlyle and his friends some time in the 60′s or 70′s. They’ve been wonderful about allowing a pasty Brit to attend meetings and sound off about the mystic arts. I have already visited the world famous Magic Castle and am in the process of applying for membership and to perform there. Cabaret show Was Ist Das in Noho was the first group to offer me a spot and I am a semi-regular there. I performed at a cabaret during the fringe which I will tell you about another time which was the most hilarious thing I had experienced in a while. With the advent of my new show, I will be touring and heading out to Edinburgh and have designs on New York next year. In hypnotism, I have collaborated with good friend Anthony Jacquin and Think Ten media to produce a web series featuring some frankly amazing hypnosis that hasn’t really been done before (more of that to come).
Being in the eye of the storm for cinema has made me gravitate towards ‘straight’ acting again and I am gearing up to run the gamut of casting directors and agents. Fortunately, my arts school wants me to be walking the walk as well as talking the talk!
It’s been a phenomenal year already including wild fires, mountain lions, black widows, mini tremors, a trip to the Grand Canyon, New York lecturing, teaching forum theatre to 300 adults, hypnotizing folk in Venice Beach, talking at seminars on living as an artist and an active shooter lockdown!