What’s up everyone?? Geez it’s been a while since I posted on here! Hope you had a great summer! Are you guys looking forward to the holidays as much as I am? Man I cannot wait! My Dad’s birthday is September 7th, then mine is October 9th (get me gifts!!) and then HALLLOOOWEEEEENNNIEEE! AND! Also, Frankenweenie comes out! That seems cool! Then Thanksgiving and then CHRISTMASSS!!!
I am very excited about my birthday because I am taking an 8 hour train up north to see my sister in Berkeley and going hang gliding. I plan on reading tons of books on the train and imagining that I am on Hogwarts Express. I will wear a cozy coat and boots. Also pants and a shirt, don’t worry I am not that psycho to go naked. My summer was a good one I must admit. I always did my stand-up shows every night and at times maybe took one night off just to relax and read books. You don’t understand how much I love reading these days. (By the way- come here- I have a secret- this past year I have been writing my own book :) Okay! October 8th is my first live show of “Melissa!” at Steve Allen Theater! I will be having this monthly show every second Monday of the month. I hope you do come!
I know that I didn’t accomplish many things this year, such as putting out a comedy cd or a music album as I hoped, but I have realized that I need a strong hour of stand-up and to me I feel as though I am at a strong half hour so more work to be done, but I am very close! And for my music, I will do my best to find a recording studio to at least put a little EP out on iTunes. Things are moving along and there is nothing to do but do my best and be thankful for my many blessings.
I have been having nightmares these past nights. They are no fun at all.
Lately, I have been consuming my time with my comedy, a couple shows every night, writing everyday, as well as hanging out with family and friends, going on outings alone and meeting new people in the community everyday.
Today was by far one of my favorite days this week! I went to the coffee shop on my block, which I go to often to write and read, and today there was a girl doing interpretive dance to 3 songs. She had many family and friends there to watch and have coffee. Her last song she invited people from the crowd to copy her dance moves and only her family joined and then I did! It looked so tempting and I really am all about having fun with new people these days. It was great. I put my book down and danced. Then as I continued to read, “Moonwalking with Einstein,” a black guy soon showed up and said, “We will have a sign up sheet for music open mic”. I got excited/nervous inside and thought, “Oooh! I really want to try a music open mic for the first time and share the songs I’ve written!”
So ran back to my apartment and got my uke and printed out the lyrics to a couple of my original songs and ran back, signed up for 3rd. It started and the evening open mic was called, “Freedom of Speech”. So any artist can participate. I knew I would be nervous as singing in a serious way in public is something I never do. I do stand-up every night and do not get nervous for that. I thought the smartest decision was to start off by saying, “This is my first time doing a music open mic! I am actually a comedian, I knowww, but I have written songs and just wanted to give this a try!” I then did my Lion King Simba joke and got laughs which soothed me as I shared my songs. I kept telling them that I was terrible and joked around because I love laughing and being silly. I shared my songs, “Leap into my Heart” and “Friends”. It went awesome! They loved it!!! I felt so happy to perform for such sweet and supportive people as well as changing up the scenery with being a part of mainly a musician open mic. I am definitely going to continue to keep going to music open mics as well as do my stand-up shows everyday.
So my note to you is to try new things even if you are nervous! Go for it! We only live once and make new friends and open your heart!