Year of the Creative Dragon
I’ve had this blog for a while now and have only scratched the surface of what I’m really focused on and interested in.
Much like my life over the past four years.
But 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. And things are going to be different.
The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Eastern Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority.
The dragon has a fire in it’s belly. It is beautiful and strong and knows what it wants. I think anyone would want to strive for that. This will be my Year of the Creative Dragon.
I’m giving myself a mission. Three times a week, I’ll post something about working in and creating a life in the arts: maybe a picture, a question, something inspiring, an essay about the state of the arts or an experience I’ve had.
A lot of people are doing 365 Day challenges since it’s the start of the new year. I know myself and know I need to work into things slowly. So I’m going for three times a week instead – which is better than once every couple months.
This is going to be a good year. I rang it in with people I love doing something I love: theater.
Yesterday, I met a bunch of actors at the Eclectic Company Theatre at 7am and we began to rehearse a full length play that was only finished at about 6:45, written by a group of writers who had started the night before. By 8pm last night, we had a full show and performed it twice in front of a paying audience. Then we drank champagne and celebrated the coming of a new year.
The One Day Play is a highly condensed version of the process you go through when producing and performing a normal play – the discovery, the highs, the lows, the bonding, the frustration – all the steps are taken in the span of twelve hours. I’ve been on the writing end before but had never directed one until yesterday – and while I was kinda dreading it, worried I would freeze up and not know what to do and that everyone would think I’m an idiot – it was incredibly fun, incredibly exhausting and incredibly cathartic. I wouldn’t have wanted to ring in the new year any other way.
Good luck to everyone in 2012!