It has been about a month since I last blogged, but it actually feels like much longer than that because the days have been flying by. My theatre job ended and I immediately started working in TV again as a set costumer and I have been loving every minute of it! And there have been many many minutes. I average about 12-16 hours a day, usually 4-5 days a week, so my typical week has been anywhere from 40-60+ hours, depending on the situation. Occasionally I'll work 8 or 10 hours...12 seems short sometimes! My schedule is unpredictable and always changing, and I'm always working in different locations, whether I'm working on location or at the studios. I "dayplay" which means I work on different shows as a freelancer, and I'm currently working mostly on The Blacklist and Elementary, with a couple of days on The Good Wife very recently. To someone who does not work in TV or Theatre, this probably seems like a totally insane way to live. And it is. And I have to admit I love it.
I feel like my life has changed completely in the last month, and that is because it has. I have decided to put teaching yoga on the back burner for a while. There are a few reasons why this is the best choice for me right now, which include not only healing myshoulder situation (updates on that later) but also lots of financially based reasons. Also, TV work is what seems to be happening for me right now, this work just sort of starting coming to me, so I'm going to ride the wave, rather than struggle with a new business in which I have very little connections locally. Of course, I have been working hard in the costuming field for a long time, so in a sense, I have been trying to find my niche in that area for quite some time.
I just have to say that I'm very happy. I'm feeling very connected to the shows I am working on, and feeling proud to be part of a couple of fantastic crews. And I'm making a healthy paycheck, which is nice. I'm socializing, meeting tons of new people, and visiting places I'd never have access to if I wasn't working these jobs.
Yoga will always be a part of my life, and I love sharing it with people and feel very connected in my soul through teaching. Which is why I'm not abandoning it forever, just stepping away for a while until I figure out a way to make it work for me. I'm thinking that perhaps trying to go straight to privates or to go the corporate route might be best, once I've established myself enough in the TV world to be able to have a regularly scheduled day off in which to teach yoga. I've heard that there are a couple of ladies out there in the biz that have managed to combine the two careers successfully, and I hope to meet them and get some advice. But for now I'm going to keep plugging away at my day job(s).
For those of you who enjoy reading my blog just because I write it and don't care if I talk about yoga or not, first of all- I love you! second, I hope to write a little bit about my work, because it can be oh-so-entertaining!
Until then, please enjoy this photo of me in wheel over a giant fish costume that was sexed up by John Hamm a couple of years ago on SNL. See, I was combining my yoga and costuming career before I even thought about teaching in NY!