I really need some motivation today.
Date: May 20, 2014
Days Spent on Project: 457
Location: Conway, Arkansas
Person I would have sent it to: Sarah G.
When I came back to New York after a summer away in Wisconsin, I signed on to design a production for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. I was replacing a designer who dropped out at the last minute, but I felt I could make the most of the situation.
I did research into the world (1960s and spies, a la James Bond and Austin Powers!), and started tackling some sketches.
Sarah was the show’s director; I think she and I met and talked once about what the show looked like. We went out to have lunch at a diner on 42nd street on Theatre Row. That was probably the only conversation we had during the process.
Looking back, I wasn’t being realistic with the production. There was hardly any money involved. There was no support. I actually never even saw the show because I was too busy running wardrobe and adjusting things for the constantly changing script. But, still I had visions of grandeur and awesomeness, when I should have just gone to Forever 21 and H&M and called it a day. Not to sound down about it, but how else do you tackle a musical with no resources?
Music I listened to while sewing: Since I needed a little bit of a boost this morning, I’ve got that dance music playlist on this morning.
I really need to wake up; I was up until 2:30am or so this morning, unfortunately. Coffee is needed!
Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: This is my eighth day in Arkansas!
Today, I’m going to get driven around Arkansas so we can go shopping. I haven’t been so excited in a long time to go shopping.
The objective today is convince a few local store owners to DONATE clothes from their stores since there isn’t enough money to finish the show. I’m renting wigs today from a friend I’ve worked with frequently; he’s cutting me a deal, fortunately, as he understands the kind of situation we’re in down here. I’m using a tenuous connection at a university down here to get access to their costume stock; I have no idea what they have in there, but any additional support would be helpful.
The next time I sign on to do a show that doesn’t even have money to buy tights, socks, undershirts, underwear, bras, shoes, belts, or suspenders, hair/wigs, make-up, wardrobe supplies, I should really be more realistic and shop the entire thing from H&M or Forever 21. If they insist there just isn’t money for it, why is it my job to beg people I know for help?