Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This passed weekend was incredibly fun, educational, inspirational and growth filled. For all the inspiration I had at Burning Man, multiply that by about 50 and that’s what I came home with this time. My notebook is getting pretty full with the things I want to show all of you. I’ve been trying to come up with something special and innovative to bring back to Wildfire in the Spring in the form of a performance. It’s a pretty intimidating place to put on a show; in front of 300+ fellow performers who then question and criticize you for 10 minutes afterwards. But I feel like the ideas I have now will be something worth sharing with my Fire Family. I have never been so excited for my future shows!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Burning Man was…intense. It has taken me a while to be able to be able to write about my experience, clearly. They say that you can’t explain what Burning Man is, it’s something you have to experience for yourself. I disagree, but to be fair nearly everything I heard about Burning Man turned out to be different from my interpretation. So I will likely misrepresent the event as well, but I’m going to try.
The art was truly inspiring. There was quite a lot of very large scale freedom of expression the likes of which are nowhere close to anything I have encountered before. The climate was a very new one for me and the desert is definitely a hot place. However because I spent a few hours in Phoenix during a layover on my way to the Reno airport, it didn’t seem as crazy and oppressively hot as people were making it out to be. Phoenix is hotter by a long, long way. It also wasn’t as cold at night as I was led to believe. That’s when I realized that the Burning Man Survival Guide was written by people who live in and around California, not Canadians. My understanding of the word cold is quite a bit different and I was hilariously over packed with blankets, thermal blankets, winter clothing and such. It was as if I had packed for a Nunavut camping trip.
Overall the experience was a good one and I am very grateful to have been able to take part. It gave me a fresh perspective on the world and lifted the glass ceiling on the way I was thinking about my own art. Boiled down, I came home with a ton of great show ideas and you are going to love what comes next!
Next weekend I’m going back to Wildfire to teach the Fire Eating and Contact Fire classes there. I’m also traveling with a bunch of people from the Toronto scene which is extra exciting. The New England fire family has given a lot since I started down this road and I’m thrilled to be able to give some skills and awesome people back to the people that kicked it off for me in the first place. See you on the field!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wow there’s been a lot going on. First off the music video that I did with Three Star Seed has been released! You can see I'm On Fire on youtube but I also embedded it into the video page here on drakeshow.com. Check it out and see me, Clint, and One Arm Bob representing the side show arts with the boys from Three Star Seed! Comment on this blog or on the video itself and let me know what you think.
Two weeks ago I was filmed for a couple scenes in Happy Town which is a new TV series premiering on ABC in the Fall. I’m not sure where my scenes are in the story but I was on set during filming for the first 3 episodes. I’ll post again here when I know the air dates but for now I’m still excited that I’m going to be on TV, however briefly. Woo!
I was also asked to be part of a Pfizer web commercial which was filmed last week. It will be featured on the Pfizer.com website and other places, but I’m not sure where else at the moment. Again I’ll post here when it’s available for viewing. Like I said it’s been busy!
Last but definitely not least, I spent a few nights visiting my fire family in Boston and volunteering with the Boston Burning Truck. The BBT is a great project where a bunch of volunteers get together and send their collective gear on 53’ shipping containers to Black Rock City in Nevada for Burning Man. This is relevant to me because, I’m going to Burning Man! This will be my first time at the event and also my first time going so far west. I don’t know what will be in store for me there, but I’m as excited and prepared as I can possibly be. Next entry I’ll tell you how it went.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Last weekend was the Wildfire Retreat and it was the best one yet! I learned a lot and even got to help teach a couple of the classes. Thank you to all the organizers for creating such an amazing and special event for fire performers. I miss you already! I can't wait to put the things I learned to use tonight!
This is a weak entry considering how much is going on but I need to get into costume of off to rehearsal for tonight. I will give a more cohesive entry after this weekend.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The band and crew were really awesome too. I was seriously impressed with both how well organized the scenes were done and at how quickly things took place. No one seemed particularly stressed out or panicked either which was the most amazing part. I don't think I've ever experienced that on a film set before! I made some seriously cool friends yesterday, and I'm really glad I was able to take part. I'll post a link to the video here when it gets released.
This Saturday I'm performing at The Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District of Toronto. I'm doing a couple intro and intermission sets between 7 and 9pm. It's exciting times in Drake-land!