Summer is officially winding down which means no more play days for you know who. This week was no exception. This week started out at my favorite little retail store, PARC, where you will see me hanging out (er...working) from time to time. I started working here just a little bit over a month ago. I was working full time for a corporate retail company and I found myself really disliking my job and the amount of effort I was putting into it. One day I was on a documentary kick and I watched one on Netflix called "The True Cost". It broke my heart. I found out a lot of really hard truths about the fashion industry and the damaging effects it has on people around the world. I decided that I needed to break myself apart from the system that I just don't believe in. Enter in Parc Boutique. The owner, Thao, is really focused on finding amazing items that range from being locally made to Fair Trade organic fabrics. I feel good about everything I buy and even better about everything I sell. If you're ever in the area you should stop by and say hi, or if you don't feel like it, shop online.
Tuesday and Wednesday, in between auditions and rehearsal for a gig at the state fair next week, brought one of my many amateur attempts at playing Ukulele. I only lasted about an hour to be honest. I quickly decided to move to something maybe a bit easier. I took piano lessons when I was a child but I always cheated because of my natural ability to play by ear. Basically what that means is I hear a note and I can play it/sing it as opposed to actually taking the time to learn the notes and read music. Never thought that would come back to bite me in the ass but hear I am, trying to teach myself from square one. I learned to play a couple chords (to be specific "Halo" by Beyonce, "Body Ache" by Purity Ring and "Replay" by Zendaya) and exhausted myself because "This is haaaaard.".
Thursday I was on set for a MN Fair Vote campaign and I had a blast...specifically at the craft service table. Actually the whole shoot was a great time. I got to play a nurse giving new parents two name options for their child. The idea behind the campaign is to get people out and voting! It should air later this fall in Duluth, MN but hopefully I can get my hands on it and put it up for you all to check out.
Well until next time kids. This week I start my performances at the State Fair with the Children's theatre!