|Sunday Sunny Sunday
||[May. 17th, 2009|12:19 pm]
Ex Tin Panther
Good day. Here are some updates:
England - Contacted people re: openings in Kent county (the area I interviewed for) and elsewhere, and was told, "sorry for the delay in corresponding with you. We have considered your application but feel at this stage that we are unable to accept you onto our list of teachers." Jerks.
So I've decided that my proactiveness on the 'getting a real job' front should include taking a class or two to upgrade my qualifications. So I've registered for a class in July which will get me qualified specifically as a drama teacher for grades 7-10. I thought about trying to get specific qualifications for high school, too, but the classes weren't available and from what I understand, you can still get a job teaching in an area you're not quite technically qualified for, as long as you get the qualifications at some point during that year.
I'm also considering taking an online Special Education course during the same time, since drama is probably the qualification least likely to help me get a job (after the English one I already have), but I'm not sure about the time and money needed. The nice thing is that the drama one is downtown at the OISE building, so I'll be able to shift my current work's classes by about a half hour and keep working while I take the class.
Improv- Proceeds apace. Finished level 5 and am taking a short break from classes. My team, which goes by the name of "Riggins" for some reason, practises once a week and will soon be performing once a week too, at a decent bar about 10 minutes' walk from my house. So that's going well. I think we're growing pretty quickly - we finally started to get into some 'Meta' scenes last week, where we interacted directly with ongoing scenes from outside them, and with the audience, in a way that thematically made sense. Felt good.
Drumming- Heating up. We've got gigs and gigs... a little once in June where we'll play a song or two at some Cancer event, which I presume is a volunteer gig. In August, though, we have by far our biggest performance. Some percussion-focused festival in Mississauga, where we'll be playing two 20-minute sets on a huge outdoor stage, rock concert style. This is more than 30 minutes longer than we've ever played before, so we've got a bit of pressure to come up with and perfect some new songs. Luckily, we've kind of been rising to that pressure and I think we'll pull something decent together. Robin's been playing the fue, or Japanese flute, and has already gotten really good at it. We're starting to compose some more atmospheric, slow stuff, which is good. Mainly because our endurance is not quite up to playing hard for 20 minutes straight yet.
We've also got a 2-song wedding gig in September, I think, and another longer one in October for some Japan-related company. We'll be taking in some proper moneys, it seems - I'm starting to think we should start being a for-profit group. I could use some profit.
Movies- Last night I watched a double-feature of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek and Ingmar Bergman's The Silence. It was a study in contrast. I enjoyed them both, though at times I hated them both. More so with the Trek, really. Still, at the end, overall, I had to say it was quite a good time. You just need to disconnect the mind a little and go along for the ride.
Breakfast- Haven't eaten it yet. Should.