Sometime I feel like a star, the world just doesn’t know it yet. There is nothing wrong with being a work in progress – in which case today was a important first step. The day started with a visit to my excellent vocal teacher, Tenesha, at the White Hall Arts Academy. Tenesha played a large role getting us ready for our singing, dancing wedding extravaganza last year. Back then I learnt that while I am fine with public speaking, I not quite as good at public singing. I never got over having my voice drop about 20 years ago. Today’s goal was not just to work on my voice, but also my stage presence. I moved from the sound booth to the dance studio where I worked on owning the stage with my movement, building energy with my entire body from my hips to my hands to my eyes. With some luck, I am hoping to perform a Caro Emerald song (see my earlier post) at a USC drag show later this fall.
However, I didn’t have to wait that long to test out my new ambitions. After class, I headed straight to a Hollywood recording stage to play a part in Austin Young’s latest extravaganza – “TBD – the musical“. TBD is an interactive art project that takes the stories of regular folk (like me) and weaves them into a cohesive story about coming of age. Today’s theme was teenage crushes set in a rustic campfire setting. I will leave it to Austin to describe it better:
come pitch a tent w Phranc and I today for Campfire Crush. bring a camp story and be in my new musical starring you. pic.twitter.com/bt0AAKl5Ld
— Austin Young (@austin_young) August 4, 2013
I really didn’t know what to expect but everything was a blast. Phranc broke the ice with some macramé (!), and old camp songs I had forgotten that I knew. Austin did a great job of taking a fake fire, fake trees, and fake stars and creating a great intimate atmosphere where we could share our tales of love, rejection, and growing up. I spent over 10 years camping as a kid, but I don’t remember there being that much great gossip. Kids can be mean and gossip leads far too often to abuse. Today I learnt that even abuse can make for a great story later on. Every crush is just a stepping stone to bigger better romances. Finally, Phranc helped turn all our stories into a song (it is a musical after all). Even if I’m not ready for the main stage, I will always be willing to sing around the (fake) campfire. Hopefully there will be more video and pictures from this project soon.