Block 297: December 27, 2013



It’s another Friday! And another weekend approaches!

Date: December 27, 2013

Crane: 297

Days Spent on Project: 314

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC

Person I would have sent it to: Jake G.

Jake was another one of the Acting Apprentices my first year at Actors Theatre of Louisville. I mean this in the best way possible, but he always had a lot of enthusiasm and energy for whatever was going on in the theater. I don’t think I ever saw him ‘down’ about his time there.

The first time I designed a costume for him, it was for the Apprentice Company’s children’s theatre production. (I wish I could remember its name!) He was cast as The Big Bad Wolf, opposite the three little pigs. I don’t know what inspired it, maybe my desperation to make the costumes interesting… maybe even my inexperience, but I put him in an Elvis jumpsuit that had been built for a show a few years prior. (In my defense, it was a very good white Elvis jumpsuit and not a standard Halloween costume.) I even made him wolf ears out of some (fake) fur.

To complete the look, I also ended up stitching a lot of fake hair to an undershirt, so the Wolf had an obnoxious amount of chest hair growing out of that jumpsuit.

Fast forward years later, to 2011, when a friend of mine told me over drinks about a guy he met one night. They were going out on a date the next night. He was apparently an actor, Jewish, very big into Gay Rights, was doing a one man show at the time…

I asked my friend, “Is his name Jake?”

Turns out my friend was dating Jake. I met them one night for dinner in Chelsea. It was good to reconnect, and to see that Jake hadn’t changed. At all.

Music I listened to while sewing: I’ve got The Drowned Man playlist on this morning. I read an article about the sound design used in Punchdrunk’s show, and how it’s obviously evolved as their projects have grown in scale. I still really need to figure out a way to get to London and see TDM…

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: I slept in until almost 11 this morning! Seems this week’s insomnia has caught up with me. It’s now 2pm and I’m worried that the day is fairly finished.

I turned down a job yesterday. They were asking for 3 and a half months of work… for $500. There’s a part of me that feels like I’m making the wrong choices here. Shouldn’t I be saying “yes” to everything that comes along?

But, 14 weeks at that rate? Thats $35.71 a week. Or $5.10 a day. Yes, I did the math, even though I know I shouldn’t have.

I’m really confused. I’m really, really confused about all of this. Is a full-time, long-term gig like that better to have than nothing? What if something better (i.e. anything that pays) comes along? I’d have to look and take other full-time jobs just to make LIFE work.

Even though it’s confusing, I’m choosing not to take any of this personally.

Instead, I just stay up all night long.

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