Sunday, August 19, 2012

One Quick Post...


painting, "The Young Ballerina" by Nicole J. Butler ©2012

and then I'm going to bed.  Actually I'm going to water my plants and then go to bed - these 3 weeks of hundred-degree temperatures have not been kind to them.  Poor babies.  I think my bougainvillea plant is actually panting.

I have been auditioning LIKE CRAZY.  Auditioning 5-7 times a week for the past few weeks, getting callbacks, being put on hold and then... nothing.  Booooo.

But I'm taking class after class to stay sharp (right now, studying with Caroline Liem), keeping my finger on the pulse of what's going on in the industry, doing my voiceover workouts, and submitting myself to the projects that fit me.  I am also working with a group over at The Casting Director, and we will soon be producing our own projects.

I also just sold my first painting!  This one, here: The Young Ballerina.  Going through the process of reproducing a copy has been a learning experience, but now I know.  And I will be learning Photoshop so that I can do for myself what I just paid somebody $50 to do.

And aside from all of that?  I'm just living, y'all.  Going for walks, practicing yoga, observing, writing a little bit... soaking in life so that I have something to give to art and to others.

I'm also working out some financial stuff.  I had too little taxes withheld for a few years and I'm paying the price now, but when you know better, you do better.  I need a good class about investing, so if you know of one that will explain things to me like a 5 year-old, please let me know.  And not one of those where they keep trying to sell you insurance.

Once upon a time, my life felt narrow.  I focused mostly on my career, and it flourished, but everything else fell apart.  Now I feel like my life is round - like a pie chart.  And this suits me well. I don't feel like I'm in triage anymore.  I feel like I'm in treatment.

Gotta run.  I think one of the plants just ran away to find water.

--Nicole

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