10 years of producing in the arts … or running away with the circus

I spent the first ten years of my career not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up.

I tried many things, from devising market research projects to temping to producing high-flying business events.  Work was not particularly fulfilling, but it was busy and interesting enough, and I assumed this is the way it would continue.

Then, I stumbled into theatre producing and after spending the three week run in the audience every night, I refused to go back to my old life.  My life had filled up with artistic, talented, fabulous, compassionate, strange and odd people, and all of a sudden the world made sense to me.  I had the feeling I had run away with the circus and I was never going back ‘home’.

In the decade that followed, I have negotiated with the agents of cows; set up a surreal puppet-theatre in a Masonic lodge; done a show in a shoe-store; and locked up actors for a week inside a theatre to survive on audience handouts.

The point is that in this weird and wonderful world I now get to call home things may be hard at times, but they are never gray.  Being able to get up in the morning and feel excitement for the day ahead is the best feeling in the world.

I wish you much excitement in your artistic projects and your lives.

07 October 2010 (nl)

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