One of the aspects of being an artist is being open to time where nothing structured is going on. Artists need time and space to think (and not think), and to explore their surroundings and to be inspired.
So I’ve taken the month of May to live on the Toronto Islands – specifically at the Artscape Gibraltor Point Artist Retreat. It’s an amazing space – it’s a 100 year old school house! There are several long term tenants, and then spaces for short term rental. There’s also a cat whom I’ve yet to meet.
I’ve been taking a business planning for the arts course through the CCCO (Cultural Careers Council Ontario) and yesterday we had an awesome session about marketing. Jyotika Malhotra (Social Media Week Toronto + exshoesme.com ) and Catherine Hernandez (Sulong Theatre Collective) gave us some awesome ideas for putting ourselves ‘out there.’
So in that vain – I decided to do a vlog – you can see the space I’m working in:
It’s soooooo hard to spend good chunks of your time without visible or seemingly tangible goals everyday (going to work, cooking, running to meetings).
BUT the GLORY of unstructured time and living is you run into opportunities you wouldn’t even have been able to imagine. My meeting this amazing doctor, and THE STORIES SHE CARRIES WITH HER would not have happened unless I was taking that ferry back to the island. (More on that story later!)
Let me know what you’ve been up to this month! And more importantly – go out and try to give yourself even just 15 minutes of nothingness time. It’s so important.