As a natural extrovert I find that public declarations of stuff I need to do helps A LOT to keep me on track when it may feel like a daunting task. So when I saw Kiyoung's blog, "mid year creative review 2012," I had to follow his lead. Brilliant idea. Let's try this out.
Top Creative Goals & Accomplishments for 2012
- Get a paid "foot-in-the-door" TV industry job - ideally something related to writing but production work also valuable.
- Finish my first 3 spec scripts in life ever.
- Write 1 pilot and 3 series pitches.
- Develop a series of short comedic monologues and put on a show.
- Write a comedic web series.
- Self-publish my short book idea.
- Produce and perform in a successful all female, Asian American stand-up comedy show
- Win a stand-up comedy competition
- Write and record 8 comedic songs.
- Perform for and rock non-Los Angeles audiences
1. Get a full-time "foot-in-the-door" TV industry job - ideally something related to writing but production work also valuable.
Done! I've been self-employed as a writer, comedian and organizer for the past year and a half. And thankfully, I found myself a full-time Assistant to Line Producer job on a network sitcom! I start very soon. This will be my first "industry" job. I hope to learn a bunch of stuff. Wish me luck!
2. Finish my first 3 spec scripts in life ever.
Parks and Rec spec script: Done! Phew. 2 more to go. (And quite honestly, rewrite of said Parks and Rec spec script must happen) I've really been obsessed with Archer. Might I attempt their witty repartee and kooky characters? Another candidate is Suburgatory - not the most highly-rated of the freshman shows but I LOVE it. (Now if only I can figure out a way to incorporate Battlestar Galactica into all this...hmm)
3. Write 1 pilot and 3 series pitches.
Not done. Been marinating on a couple of ideas. Lots of brainstorming on paper and with writing confidants. Maybe an Asian American Freaks & Geeks based on growing up in the South Bay of Los Angeles? And then I discover this gem. Oh well. Back to the drawing board.
4. Develop a series of short comedic monologues and put on a show.
I've written five, two to five minute comedic monologues for my favorite comedic actor friends. Okay. Really, I've written three and a half because some of those five monologues need a bit beefing up. These first drafts were performed in a semi-cold read at my home for some close friends. My first time hearing other people interpret and perform my creative writing! I know! Crazy. I've only written for myself to perform! How selfish of me. This intimate reading was magical. The actors sublime.
Next steps? My actress/writer friend was inspired to write some monologues of her own. We decided we must hone these monologues enough to create a staged reading for the public later this year.
5. Write a comedic web series.
Not done. However, I recently found potential collaborators/producers interested in having me write for a concept I really love. Let's see where this partnership leads.
I've also been doing some consulting with an upstart weekly pop culture review show based out of an established entertainment company.
6. Self-publish my short book idea.
Not done. Just gotta schedule time for it. It involves hand-writing...collaging and scanning.
1. Produce and perform in a successful all female, Asian American stand-up comedy show
DONE! So proud of this. We did the kickoff show of http://disorientedcomedy.com and it was sold-out and a hit! The show's going on the roooooaaad! San Diego. November 2012.
2. Win a stand-up comedy competition
Nope. But I placed 3rd out of 90. Not bad.
3. Write and record 8 comedic songs.
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Got me a producers/sound engineer on board whenever I'm ready. Yay, Mosaic!
4. Perform for and rock non-Los Angeles audiences
Done. East coast tour. Well, does doing shows in 2 cities count as a tour? Washington, DC did the fundraiser for APAICS at the Kennedy Center (What a stage!), Busboys and Poets, DC then The Creek & Cave in New York!