In the Background

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I forgot that I once wrote about the joys of working background. At the time I had only been doing it for a few weeks, so I obviously knew everything. Out of my many jobs, it’s still my favourite, and my main source of income. I first started this post because I had a booking cancelled on me one morning, but they still had to pay me for the day anyway. Thanks, union! So I went to a coffee shop instead, earning a full day’s pay while dicking around on the computer.



February 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

Missed Connections

In my student years, the university newspaper had an “I Saw You” section, where people would put out pleas to find that attractive stranger who got away. “Why didn’t I have the nerve to talk to you? Come back, mystery soul mate!” They were fun to read. You’d try and figure out who the message was for. Is it me? Is it someone I know? Did they ever find their person? Some of them were incredibly vague, or lame: “Blond girl with a backpack near the Science building on Thursday. Your hot! Coffee sometime??” I’m sure that chick thinks about you, too, you weirdo (yes, it hurts me to type “your” instead of “you’re”).


January 23, 2018 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

2017 Was Great For… Being Over

Nothing against 2017, I just feel lame doing a last-year retrospective this deep into January. I’m going to free myself of this theme and just go back to random blog posts.

January 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

2017 Was Great For… Naming Names

2016 seemed to be the year for celebrity deaths, and 2017 was the year of “dead to me” celebrities. When you see a famous man’s name trending these days on social media, it’s more likely that he’s done something worse than just dying. Starting with Hollywood and trickling down into more local stories, creeps are getting outed. If the sexual harassment was that bad for famous actresses, I can’t even imagine how bad it is in other industries: Restaurants, the financial world, the military, etc. Some are TV stars I used to love; now I can’t watch their shows anymore.


January 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

2017 Was Great For… Health

“At least I have my health.”

It seems like something you say when everything else is going miserably. Yeah, so I’m able-bodied and don’t have any chronic/terminal illness, big deal. But when you stop to think about it, yeah, that’s a pretty big deal! It would suck to not have those things going for me. I need to remember that health as something to be grateful for.

In 2017 I didn’t break any bones or have any surgery. I had at least one cold, maybe two.


January 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

2017 Was Great for… Work

In the past week I’ve seen a lot of “good riddance” grumbles on social media about the year 2017. While I’m also looking forward to a fresh start in the new year, I have to say this past one was pretty great for me overall. I want to count my blessings here, in case I need to remember the good things some day.

This post was originally going to talk about the overall year, but it started getting way too long. I’m going to break it up into categories instead, starting with career:

I haven’t added it all up yet, but I dare say this was the most money I’ve made since becoming self-employed 8(!) years ago. It came from a few different sources, and I like a little variety in my workweek. It was especially busy during my Damn Early Days experiment, so you got to hear about some of it. (more…)

January 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Unnatural Disasters

It was after midnight on a Sunday, in March of last year. I came home after a long day on set, out-and-about since 6 a.m. I remembered I still had one can of Strongbow in the fridge – ah, yessss. I was looking forward to enjoying that and then going to sleep. I didn’t have to work the next day, though I did have an audition.

It was strange how the stairwell was dark. So were the hallways, no lights on anywhere. There was a notice stuck on every apartment door;  it explained that due to a small fire this morning, the power would be off for at least three days, and the heat would be off for several weeks. “Please make other arrangements during this time.” Yeah no problem, we’ll all go to our other houses.

My first thought was: “Uh oh, I hope that wasn’t me… was it? Did I leave something on before I left?” Surely that’s a normal reaction to fire news: “Is this somehow my fault?” It turns out the fire was in the basement electrical room, so that definitely wasn’t my doing. I didn’t even know the building had a basement.


November 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

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