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No Apologies

May 31, 2016 — Leave a comment

I don’t want to start this post by apologizing for being MIA but obviously I do.  But really who am I apologizing to?  Myself – that is the only one it affects right now.  I’ve spent hours analyzing why I do what I do/don’t.  But I was thinking today – I don’t want to be on my death bed (the cliche example) and say I wish I have worked harder at things. I can say that I know I don’t work hard enough at the things I say I want.  Specially standup right now is my main focus.  I need to write everyday even if it’s 30 minutes and I need to practice what I plan to do at a mic.  I go up a lot with the idea and hope I’ll find my way.  “And how is that working for you?” you ask.  Not great – I can do a lot better.  Prepare and produce.  Not hold back.  And if nothing else just move on to the next task.  I spend way too much time analyzing and that can be a avoidance too of taking action.  Understanding my behavior is all well and good.  But do something with the answers or don’t bother analyzing.

 

So tonight I hosted my very first Laughing Buddha Comedy open mic at the Village Lantern.  It was a lot of fun and it was a lot of work which surprised me.  I had to pay attention to other things other than myself, my drink and my constant opinions and insecurities racing through my head.

There are a number of things that go into hosting a Laughing Buddha Comedy that look easier than they are.  For starters keeping my eye on the stop watch so I can signal the comic that he or she has one minute left to wrap up their set.  Then at 4:15 I’d stand up by the door for maybe 5 seconds before I walk towards the stage.  It sucks to stop someone in the middle of their joke but blowing the light is a big No-No in comedy so really this is helping comics to learn to wrap it up with a quicker joke and not start a longer one.

This may sound silly now and hopefully even sillier a month from now.  But I found it difficult to smoothly pull out two names from the bucket and then easily introduce the comic from the previous drawing.  Not to mention pronouncing the name right.  Even when Delance Minefee the first host tonight would give me the correct pronunciation I’d forget it because I was nervous.  Of course like most people when I’m nervous I forget what I’m afraid of forgetting.

I have such respect for the comics that host the Laughing Buddha Comedy mics.  They make it look easy.

Laughing Buddha Comedy

I love this Laughing Buddha Comedy logo.

I used to love to go to Chickies for a chicken souvlaki most Saturdays.  Now for me, that was a treat because I’m a boring cook and I wouldn’t even call myself a cook.  I put food together for consumption.  After I broke up with my boyfriend of 8 years, my Saturday nights took on a new look and Chickies was a part of that.

Do you have a comfort food?

Robyn Hatcher

April 5, 2012 — 1 Comment

While I do video storytelling – I also do photo & video montages and edit demo reels.  This is a reel I did for Robyn Hatcher from “Speak Etc”  from all her talks and appearances.  She is the Queen of teaching  presentation skills.   I always learn something when I take on a project and this was especially important since good first impressions are, as unfortunate as it can seem,  what people remember.

What kind of a first impression do you think you make?

Happy Holidays!!

December 21, 2011 — 1 Comment

Happy Holidays!

Any good Holiday stories you’d like to share?

Boot shopping time for me.  Next time I’ll come properly dressed.

Any similar stories to share?  I would love to hear them.  My embarrassed ego would love it too!

Judith’s Moment # 58

September 30, 2011 — Leave a comment

Got myself the to a ballet class after at least 8 years. Yikes.

It’s hard to not be a beginner in a beginner’s body. Care to share any similar experiences? Come on!