Happy 2012 all you art-makers, theater-goers, donors, curious-persons, social media cruisers, and blog stumblers!
What is your New Year’s Resolution as an artist?
Rachel: I want to live more on the edge of compassionate risk in my writing and in my performance. I want to gravitate toward that which is terrifying because its true.
Christina: I want to do more visual art!
Candy: To compose more. The last few years I've been composing primarily for an end performance, and I want to explore "just because" again.
Carl: To embrace contradictions more - as in, to let go more and be a better collaborator and then also to take control more and see through to the end projects that I have started. More, more more.
Blake: To be more involved with music. As a dancer, or as a musician, or as a singer. Making music was a part of my daily life for nearly a decade, it is a huge part of my family history, and I have neglected that important part of myself for too long. It's time.
Russ: I want to start drawing again. Maybe play with water colors. I also want to start playing my multitude of instruments more often and maybe start classes in improv. We'll see about that one...
Heidi: After about year off I'm ready to tread those boards again. As an actor, I want to be more aware of the big picture and make sure whatever I'm doing highlights and supports the contributions of everyone else working on the production.
Hannah: Quality not quantity. To focus more on specific projects with my whole heart instead of spreading my energy so thin.
Eric: To survive.
Tanner: As has come up in a few SU conversations over drinks, I'm always struggling with the self-identity as "artist," so I want to explore that idea more in a meaningful way. And take more risks.Always more risks.
Amber: Drink more water. Bike more. Camp more. Start hiking so I can be cool like Tanner.
Laura: Oh shoot! I don't really do resolutions generally. So much pressure! But I do know that this year I want to bring the same vigor and passion for my work and try to balance that with less stress.
What is your personal New Year’s Resolution?
Rachel: I would like to finally keep my herb garden alive through a winter so I can make homemade pizza sauce in February.
Christina: I know I should be saying "I will quit smoking..." (ha! yeah right! Like that's gonna happen any time soon...) I hope to continue a birthday resolution I started this October: Writing in a journal every day, even if it's just a sentence. (So far so good!)
Candy: Every year I say no library fines; this year I think I managed 50 cents... ON TO ZERO! Also, to remember to regularly water the poor plants who depend on me for their meager, meager survival.
Carl: Eat more fruits and vegetables. Brush up on other languages. Look better naked.
Blake: Find employment that is fulfilling. Exercise every day for at least a few minutes. Learn from my mistakes but don't be afraid to make them.
Russ: My artistic and personal goals are the same this year!
Heidi: I want to be more kind and generous with my time and thoughts. Also, I want to learn how to play poker. Poker party anyone?
Hannah: To be more adventurous in everyday life – try food I’ve never tried, have conversations I’ve never had, drive without using Google Maps, jump in an unknown body of water, wear a crazy hat. Also, do laundry more frequently.
Eric: To survive.
Tanner: When trying to be a better person, I frequently error on the side of beating myself up for not being a perfect human being, so I'd like to find a more positive way to challenge myself and hold myself accountable for my biz.
Amber: To build, build, build, and market, market, market.
Laura: I want to practice my violin more! I stopped once rehearsals for The Ravagers started, and I definitely need to start in again. Right, Candy?