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30 days of flow 2019

30 days of flow is here! Hello! I know it’s time to be gearing up for the holidays, but I wanted to catch you before you really start your plans for the new year. You will need to schedule this goal in! IT’S THE  (#30daysofflow) challenge 2019! It’s always an amazing way to start the years goals, feeling strong in your chosen flow field. I have been doing this challenge for 6 years now! I often set multiple challenges for myself, and due to this challenge, I still play the ukulele every day, and practice french! Ok, it helps that I live in Montreal. ANYWAY, Let’s do this!  You know the drill.   30 days of flow Starting January 2, 2019: Practice 30 minutes For 30 days With 1 favorite flow prop Post an instagram video for posterity. Use the hashtag #30daysofflow2019 It’s really fun to be part of this #30daychallege group every year! I am so excited for what you will...

New Costumes 2018

So, I understand, these graphics are a good example of why you shouldn’t create your own graphics. But, this was an exercise in whimsy. At least it’s a great way to share all the new costumes I can offer after a serious upgrade this year. LED Winter Princess! You can’t be a performer without an LED costume these days! It’s so important to be seen in these dark days. I have this new heart shaped dress LED tutu that’s wonderful for the Christmas season. 50’s Rockabily This bright number is great for a punch of color at an event. Spunky, and high energy, this is wonderful for cocktail events and dinners Classic Circus Similar to the rock-ability, this is a throwback to the past with a classic vintage circus look, complete with matching luggage!   The Water Goddess This piece was inspired by the tide. Pulled by the moon, the waters of the earth are ever changing. Luna, the white eyed mystic, is the one who controls them. Jade This serious face shows the depth of the character that comes with this stage presence. This contact juggling piece is shows profound emotions, while looking you in the eye. Let me know if you like the new...

New LED costume!

WEEE! I received my new LED costume in the mail! It’s a ballet tutu custom built for me, all dressed up for Christmas! Here’s a test photo to see the effect. It’s already snowing here in Montreal, and it just makes everything so pretty! This is so perfect for any Christmas event! I can’t wait to perform in it for...

Meeting Craig Quat: The evolution in juggling pedagogy

(Please note that all of the quotes presented here are actually paraphrased, but written as quotes to denote speaking. I don’t have a direct recording to be completely accurate of his word choices, but attempted an approximation for a feel of who Quat is.)   Craig Quat walks into the room with a large bounce in his step. “I need a few minutes to relax before we start, I just had an 8 hour meeting” he says. He was meeting with Cirque du Soleil to consult with them about their new family entertainment centers. “But first, who are you?” he asks. I tell him that I am a juggler, and more recently, a mom. “Being a mom is juggling. Changing a diaper requires bilateral precision through space and time. You have to unfold the diaper and hold a baby while they try to roll and anticipate their movements so you can get it in the right spot.” he pauses.  “Everything is juggling”. It seems to me like this is his motto. Quat is a bundle of passion and vibrance who talks fast about deep concepts with a strong penchant for ethics. He is highly researched with a sureness about the importance of his work, but feels a need to continue researching and do more trials. One thing that’s for sure, he cares for, and understands his students like no other teacher I have ever seen. Most of his energy revolves around helping people learn about juggling. He will tell you a dozen juggling related neurological facts. “Juggling increases the brain mass by 5 percent after 6 weeks of practice...

We Learn Better Together – Workshop in August!

Has it been hard for you to learn contact juggling? Struggling to learn contact juggling is, unfortunately, normal. Compared to many of the flow arts, those initial moves take a lot of determination to achieve. Right now, contact juggling, is poorly taught. We need to review our pedagogy.  Also, in North America, we are far away from each other and that makes it more difficult to be motivated. That’s why we strive to put new and improved lessons on youtube, and trying to help the community grow from an informed place. I think we can build an army of great contact jugglers and push this field forward! We Learn Better Together Thom and I started a new website called ballcontact.org – a project that is dedicated to learning and growing as contact jugglers. We all used to use contactjuggling.org, but when Facebook came along, it took over our community. Still, it’s important to make lessons simple, easy to achieve and really change the philosophy that juggling stands on. We are here to change the way we learn contact juggling, and we want to bring everyone to one place, because we learn better together. Join us in Montreal for our first 2 days intensive contact juggling workshop! Contact Ball Intensive AUGUST 11 & 12 9H15 – 15H30 MONTREAL, QC SADHAKA YOGA STUDIO Contact juggling is lonely on your own. Come and meet friends & learn this art together! We will help you integrate movement of the body with props movement. We will take a deeper look at your use of body rolling, butterflies, and your body’s balance. This workshop will...

How to obtain a permit for Street Performing in Montreal

Great news! I have recently been appointed to the joint committee of street performers (otherwise known as “Des Amuseurs Publics” here) in Montreal. At a recent city council meeting, the artists themselves select 2 appointees for circle show performers, and 3 for musicians. Let’s be clear, all I had to do was show up to the council meeting and volunteer for the position, but, still, YAY.  I am now officially a street rat advocate! Our job is to communicate with the city counsel when people need to resolve busking community issues. It’s been very difficult for me to understand this system & it’s recently changed again, so I am happy to be helpful for anyone coming into the city to try to explain the way things work. This city’s bureaucratic system is definitely broken in every way, and the busker permit is no different! Here’s what you need to know: To be a busker in Montreal, you need to obtain a permit from La Ville Marie on the 17th floor at 800 rue Maisonneuve est. They have recently gotten rid of the audition system, so you can now apply all year long. The license itself costs $160 to renew, and an extra $50 just to open a file if you are new. This is definitely the most expensive busking license in Canada! To obtain a permit, you must prove to the administration that you are worthy of being a street performer. You can do this by a) be a card carrying member of a professional association b) show that you have a education in the arts c) have another...

Choreograph Breath

I had an amazing experience recently. When I was performing at the Waterloo Juggling Festival, everything in my act went exactly as planned. This, of course, sounds how it should be, but if I am honest with you, I have really struggled in my carrier to nail it. I do well, enough to ensure no one else notices my foibles, but there was one thing that drastically changed how I felt during my act: I choreographed a moment of stillness in order to take a deep breath. In fact, even in this act, I forgot to choreograph one last breath in the final minute of the act. At 40 seconds, I fumbled just a tiny bit. How was I making it through 6 minutes without breathing  before? In reality, it’s scary to take time to be still on stage. This makes me feel all the feelings contained within my body. All eyes are upon me in that moment, and I feel the urge to do and be something. There is this voice inside that says “You don’t want to waste a precious second of your audiences time without entertainment!”. It’s a lie. As my teacher David McMurray Smith says “Nothing never happens”. But when you are up on stage, building energy, it is very likely that your sympathetic nervous system has kicked in. Your body becomes a jumble of nerves and using cognitive functions becomes more difficult. The body puts its resources into fight or flight responses.  It’s screaming “Do something!”. This is where all that practice comes in handy! It’s great to rehearse an act 100 times but...

Showing up vs Showing off

Notice the differences between your practice when you feel like you are in a comparative mindset.  Are you showing up, or are you showing off? Showing off is all about your ego, with you as the center of your mindset. You are in the future mindset with angst or arrogance. This is where you find yourself trying to prove something to other people, gain validation from their attention. This is where you are trying to be “the best”, “the prettiest”, “the coolest” instead of trying to do the work of expressing all the original expression only you can do. In contrast, by showing up, you connect with yourself authentically as you are right now. The quality of your work changes when you can be with yourself because you can connect with others. When you are showing up, you’ll find yourself able to listen, as you have already learned to listen to yourself. When you’ve stopped trying to prove yourself to others, you can slow down and turn your attention outwards and hear what the world needs from you. We artists need to promote ourselves consistently to be able to sell our work. Taking photos and videos, writing bios and promotion packages then creating perfection on stage. There is an enormous focus on our egos because we are the product we are selling. We sell our image and our moves. Showing off is an easy trap to fall into in the business. Yet, the other side to this line of thinking is that what we are really showing is the work we do on ourselves. Our ability to be authentic...

Mindfulness on Stage

The fleeting moment of accomplishment is not the goal of our work. Sure, it’s motivating and it feels great. If all goes well those peaks will be there. But, that moment is only a split second of the real work. The mindfulness is the true purpose of the practice. Witnessing yourself through all the peaks and the valleys without judgement (or letting go of judgement) is what will keep us coming back to the studio. Getting into our body, feeling ourselves and how we relate to the space around us, going deeper and feeling our feelings is the real reason we practice anything in life. Our audiences don’t want to watch someone who shames themselves into being “perfect”. Our audience wants to to connect to us, because for that moment that we are on stage, we let them into our world. We give them permission to feel their feelings through our process of sharing ours. We allow them a moment to side step their own shame, and validate themselves. This can only happen if we give ourselves permission to feel and be ourselves and be free of our own cultural constructs that bring about shame in the first place. The meaning of our practice is in the mindfulness. It’s not about the attainment of each trick. Tricks show the mastery over the our world, it’s true. But honestly, mastery is only interesting for a second. What humans really desire is that connection, and mastery actually creates walls and idols and pedestals that destroy our ability to connect. The progress of ourselves as humans is the real story. How did...

New Roving Act Available!

There is a new act on the block called Bubble masters! This ring master walks through crowds and uses all the bubbles to attract a little elf who catches the bubbles. A little show begins and the ringmaster walks ahead and begins the game again. Really fun for festivals and street crowds, replaying the magic of a mini-show until the end of the road! Check out the bubble masters and book it for your next festival!...

Maternity Leave

Hello Everyone!   Sorry I have been offline for a while. I was busy getting married and having a baby ! I am slowly coming back online as I apply to festivals and get back into training for the summer season. I look forward to doing more writing and vlogging.   Meanwhile, we started a website called www.ballcontact.org to share tutorials and ideas about Contact Juggling. I will be hosting more tutorials soon, when the baby is napping &  I can grab a chance to edit from my desktop. Otherwise, check out the video of a performance I was in called CirqaZerna when I was 7 1/2 months preggers!...

4 ways learning to drive teaches responsibility

When I was 18, I really didn’t care to get a license and drive. To this day, I still walk, bike and take transit almost everywhere. I love it! However, my parents were forceful about me driving. At the time, they told me “woman shouldn’t be walking alone at night.” Seriously, for this strong-headed feminist woman, that wasn’t convincing. Yet, I did pass the exam, and have learned to appreciate having the ability to drive throughout my life. It is clear to me know that learning the skill of driving is one that gives every young person the unique comprehension of being a leader. Although you can acquire these skills in other ways, it is rare when I meet someone who can’t drive who possesses all of them. And, although I feel it’s healthier for an individual, and better for the planet to bike to work, the knowledge that comes with learning to drive is unlike any other task. Decisiveness You have to be decisive when driving. It requires you plan a route in advance, when to get gas, if you will stop for a light when it turns yellow or even make quick decisions to turn around. Making decisions like this are the same kind of decisions we make to become leaders in our community. Responsibility to other people When you are a driver, you have a responsibility to your passengers in the car, as well as to all the pedestrians and other vehicles on the road, including bikes! If you fail to be responsible in a vehicle, you can harm, or fatally kill someone. This is a...

Essay Round up!

Wow! 24 essays published this year. Check out the 2016 work published on the Flow Arts Institute, the Dawn Dreams blog, and The Busking Project! The Doubts http://flowartsinstitute.com/the-doubts/ Clean Tech Part 1 http://flowartsinstitute.com/clean-tech-1/ Clean Tech part 2 http://flowartsinstitute.com/clean-tech-2/ The Jugglers Curse http://flowartsinstitute.com/the-jugglers-curse/ What is Flow https://www.dawndreams.ca/what-is-flow/ Relearning https://www.dawndreams.ca/re-learning/ Review of 4X4 Ephermeral Architectures https://www.dawndreams.ca/gandinis-4×4-ephemeral-architectures/ Paying Attention https://www.dawndreams.ca/paying-attention/ Being Yourself https://www.dawndreams.ca/being-yourself/ How to make a Human Statue Costume http://busk.co/blog/busking-tips-tricks/make-human-statue-costume/ Aurillac Street Festival in France http://busk.co/blog/busking-in/other-cities/aurillac-street-festival-france/ Busking in Copenhagen http://busk.co/blog/busking-in/other-cities/busking-copenhagen/ Busking in Amsterdam http://busk.co/blog/busking-in/other-cities/busking-in-amsterdam/ La Paz, Boliva – TBP journey post http://busk.co/blog/our-journey/la-paz-artists-boliva-tbp-journey/   Are you subscribed on Youtube? If not – Here’s some highlights of this years online work (don’t forget to hit subscribe) Contact Juggling Collaboration Video!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrRpPCK_XqU All the new juggling work in one video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4NE4RHWt0Q All the new Contact Juggling work in one video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBczLc18lc The coolest mechanical puppets you’ve ever seen: Les Machines! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lkVWNVwaH8 A Hat a Cane and some crazy legs: Clown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AQke_I5XJ4 A New Contact Juggling Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWqEzgXvisw Balles Debloques – Thomas and Dawn’s act...

Being Yourself

Professor Adam Grant wrote this essay “Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice.” But it seems this professor misrepresents, and misunderstands this advice, taking it in the most literal possible meaning. What the professor doesn’t understand is being authentic doesn’t mean saying every sarcastic feeling, or every detail of one’s thoughts. Being authentic means that you – yourself – are capable of being mindful of all the minutia of your own feelings and thoughts, as well as being mindful of your surroundings, and the interactions between them. Being authentic or “being yourself” is really just another word for being fully present, in both mind and body, of all that is happening in any given moment. The fact is, we are never only feeling, thinking or saying only one thing. This means you have a choice of which feeling, thought or words you choose to say. In fact, some of the most authentic people I know say very little and choose their words wisely and precisely because they are giving careful attention to all the details of the moments. My clown classes were the best training in “being yourself”, as it was a place where I had permission to be in my body and within my full range of emotions. My teacher, David McMurray Smith, taught that every clown has a “ring master”, and that the ring master is always present and in control of all impulses and behaviours. This ring master always ensure that you did not hurt anyone, including yourself, no matter what your clown was doing. If you clown was stomping on the floor, your ring master...

Paying Attention

Over the years as a performance artist, I have learned that the most important factor in a good performance is paying attention, wholly and fully to every action you make and your audience’s response simultaneously. This means being vulnerable, showing up fully to your performance by committing to every action, and also being conscious those actions and the effects they have on others. This takes profound focus and concentration to do. We spend so much of our lives simply walking around the world, living in our heads all day, in a habituated state of consciousness. Been fully aware of everything around you is not always great, and can create anxiety, so this is not entirely a bad thing. WE need to habituate to our surroundings or we would be overstimulated very quickly. However, on stage, being open to and conscious of every feeling in your body, emotion, action and sound is the basis of a good performance. How do you invite interaction and be fully integrated in your own awareness, offering a fully whole self? Awareness and attention to details takes an enormous amount of practice. You won’t cure attention deficit disorder if you have it but, there are ways to start paying more attention and get more of yourself to be present in your actions. You must learn to pay attention to your attention. But how? Through consciously watching yourself and listening to when you are paying attention and when you are not. I became aware of how little I was paying attention when I started learning the French language. The repercussions of not being aware in any...

Scheherazade short

Performing to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was a grande experience. The ability to perform with a full symphony was so full and rich with emotion and powerful technique. So many people’s passion combined into a single moment, with the addition of my expression of story telling and music was pure magic. Orchestral music is so rich on it’s own, but then they added my work to the mix. So many people who held me up and allowed me to share this with the world: Evan Michell The musical director, and who contacted me with this brilliant proposal, giving me a platform to express myself with. Remi Laroussinie who helped build the foundations of this piece, and reworked my work for more poise and grace Bekka Rose who was an outside eye, a lighting technician and my unconditional support. Her strength is in the details and she understands what needs to get done to make things clean and beautiful. Of course, my parents, my husband and all my friends whom I’ve spoke to in the last year were continuously helpful and gave me insights and I am grateful for every piece of advice that helped this come together. After getting off that stage, there is so much gratitude for each member of the symphony. The only thing more that I could wish for is that it could be a run of shows for a couple days in a...

Scheherazade

Scheherazade is ready for her debut! Last night there was a dressed rehearsal before the debut of the newest show Scheherazade. It’s opening night next Sunday in the Kingston Grande Theatre. It’s a sold out show, and my parents will be there for the first time seeing me on stage (after 10 years of performing!) You can see the details of the show here: http://kingstongrand.ca/event/brahms-rimsky-korsakov-mw1 And some sneak peaks on my instagram: Stick balance. A video posted by Dawn Dreams (@dawn_dreams) on Sep 19, 2016 at 9:50am PDT Shahrazade tease. #storytelling #contactjuggling A video posted by Dawn Dreams (@dawn_dreams) on Sep 19, 2016 at 9:19am PDT...

Gandini’s 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures

I had the pleasure of seeing the Gandini Jugglers perform the Montreal Premiere of 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures at the Festival Completement Cirque here in Montreal. It is the second time I saw them this year (Win)! The first was their Meta Performance at the Rencontres Des Jonglages in Paris back in April, which also includes dancers, and is generally quite awesome. First can we just say the obvious? Ballet dancers are so beautiful. There is nothing so graceful in the world as properly trained dancers. *swoon* The Gandini’s may have convinced me to like ballet more than juggling. Oops. Easy review: The show was a success! A full standing Ovation for the whole group on their first night – congrats everyone! A longer comparison of the old version vs. now: I saw this show 2 years ago at Rencontre des Jonglages, and now there is a sense that the whole piece radically changed and matured. Yet, looking back at the trailer, the key elements are all very much still there. 2 years ago, the jugglers bodies and the ballet dancers bodies moved so differently from one another. Jugglers movements were so angular, always breaking at the elbows and wrists when they are throwing. The ballet dancers are the opposite, so graceful and floaty, and their lines always fluid. The show back then was a contrast and comparison between two different types of athletes. The similarities were that the dancers or the objects appear to float through the air effortlessly. The difference was the jugglers use an object as a central point of focus, and the dancer use their body as the point of focus. The...

The Meaning of Art

Sometimes I wonder what the meaning of art is. I wonder if this is a good use of my life. It is a hoped that one could inspire others to find the awe and wonder in themselves. It is a hope that we could all become like children again, just for a moment. We don’t know why we need stories, but we do. We are willing to fight for them, to die for them, and to take our whole lives to become Masters at telling them. Whatever the meaning of story’s and sports are, it’s intangible, but there is no doubt it is...

I am back

I am back! Here’s a Sneak Preview of Dawn’s newest act & tour dates in Quebec and Toronto! View this email in your browser I AM BACK (In Canada) Hey Hey, How are you doing? Things are great here, just wanted to give you some tour dates, a download, and a bit of my story from France. For 2 years I was living and training in France. Moving across the world actually meant a complete deconstruction of all I knew before, and a newly reconstructed view of the world. I re-learned how to walk and balance my body, and by practicing walking and dancing, I learned how to listen to how my body feels. I did this daily. I re-learned how to talk by learning French. I relearned how to write by writing for The Busking Project and the Flow Arts Institute. Understanding tone, speed, and articulation is something I never heard or paid attention when speaking english, but they became became important when learning a foreign language. Most of all, I learned how much attention is required for real listening. Speaking in a second language is an game of endurance of one’s attention span. Who knew? I re-learned how to drive. It was a manual car and I drove through small windy village towns, with the feel of an engine at my fingertips. The space a car takes-up became very apparent when the size of the roads are the size of one lane in Canada. It is still too much to pay attention to driving while speaking French at the same time. It was like reliving 30 years of life in a 2 year time period. Except I am consciously aware of my infantile ways. All of this allows for a deeper...

re-learning

This process of being in France for 2 years gave me some serious understandings of my art. Through a process of re-learning everything, I have re-discovered many things. I had to reclaim my contact juggling through all this training. Re-find my style, my ideas, my own joys without having the taint of someone’s else’s idea of “cool” placed upon me. I have been relearning to walk, to find grace, not in the trendy break-dancing way, but in a way that suits my body, my ideas of improvisation, my hopes and understanding of lines and grace. I have relearned to write – like I couldn’t do in school – crying over essays because I was dealing with so many difficulties in my relationships, with my family, with my own self esteem. I relearned what art is, what it means to the world and what it means to me. The practiced deepened inside of me in a way I have no words for yet. I have relearned my ideas of myself. How to be strong in what I value, even if they go against the norms of society. I have had to learn not to be defensive, although this is more difficult said than done. I have learned my triggers, and how to avoid them. I have learned comfort in those who share a similar reality to mine, and the connections and conversations that I feel are real and deep and meaningful – without having to be defensive – but just being me and having that be accepted and loved. I have had to learn I am not crazy. I have...

What is Flow?

Flow is the essence of spirit, the base of human consciousness, the innocence of a child. It is the full awareness of the moment and yet the slowing of time. It is a healing place, a meditative place, it is a vulnerable place but a place of connection and rebirth. It is essential for humans to feel a sense of flow periodically to feel whole and fully human. The Flow Arts are a way into this essence. These movement arts can help remove the self-consciousness of lived-experience, allowing immersion one into pure focus, of movement, dance and rhythm. The Flow Arts have element of community and therefore a sense of belonging. This gives participants in that community the freedom to be seen while in their essence. If one is in total flow, they are in a place of acceptance of all emotions and they have the freedom to express it. Sometimes the feeling of flow can be so powerful that the realization that one is in a flow state is enough to knock them out and back into a state of self-consciousness. It is difficult to shake the chains of adulthood, judgement, fear and a sense of lack of worthiness. But flow is where this can happen. The Flow Arts help that journey. A flow state allows one to go beyond the knowledge of experience, giving those who are in it a sense of freedom, awe and wonder with the world. It is a place of openness, curiosity, and vulnerability. It contrasts with the worlds demands of being too-cool, stoic, or knowledgable for protection. A flow state allows for...

Artistic Accompaniment

This past few days I was working with Rémi Laroussinie as an Artistic Accompaniment on a big show that I am creating for September. Rémi is one of the co-founders of Maison Des Jonglages in Paris, which is the only cultural body in the world that is officially recognized and identifies juggling as a field in contemporary art. This project is a blend of theatre, dance, object manipulation, clown, and of course, contact juggling. It is a 35 minute solo act that will be with the Kingston Symphony, and I am very excited to present this important piece of my work to the world in just under 4 months time. There is still a lot of work to be done, but having an outside eye certainly clarifies the intentions and directions of the piece, and I am have deep gratitude for Rémi to accompany me on this creative journey. This work deepens my practice and commitment to the juggling arts more and more, and Rémi has paved the way for this to happen in France. I hope to continue to pave the way for this to happen in Canada. We were also included as special guest on Pulsar Radio speaking about Art, and if Art can change the world. Give it a listen here:  ...

Call for submissions for the CJ Collab video!

For the past 6 years, contact jugglers around the world have been creating compilation videos of the community’s skillz. It is extremely wonderful to see everyone get together in one place to share different ideas, ways of moving and playing with contact juggling. Call For Submissions This year, Darwin Pimentel and I have agreed to share the Contact Juggling Collaboration edit. This is the call for submissions! It’s your chance to be a part of the community. We are looking for contact jugglers of ANY SKILL LEVEL from all around the world to send us approximately 15 second video clips of your best contact juggling to share with the world. Some things to think about: Look for interesting scenery, and good backgrounds.  Working in a group with other CJer’s if you can All skill levels welcome! Seriously, if you WANT to join us COME PLAY! This is for everyone! .mov formats preferred Here’s a few of the past years for more inspiration! 2015 Edited by Darwin 2014 Edited by Darwin 2013 Edited by Sennyo and...

Moving to Montreal

Hey Everyone, I am moving to Montreal and I am STOKED! Every time I move to a new city, I have this idea that I can be a better person. This time, I’ll have it together. I won’t have limits. I won’t get sick. This time, I’ll stop using the pronoun “I” in my writing, unlike all those other self-obsessed narcissistic blog writers. I’ll just start using “you” instead and project all my bullshit onto my readers and followers. It will be a selfless journey, where the power to change is within reach and all you has to do is give. less.fucks. You won’t let the critics bother you. You are more than your doubts and worries. Magically, you will have it all together and even though you have to cancel all your bills, accounts, sell all your furniture and buy ones on the other side, the transition will not phase you. You are stronger than that now. Making the money you need to pay for the cost of moving will appear from thin air, and you’ll pay off all your debt to boot. You can now have perfect teeth, and your health insurance definitely won’t be a huge bureaucratic pain in the ass to get. People will be your friend, and you’re weekends will be filled with exciting things to do. You won’t have conflict between your performance job and these new friends, even though you only work on nights and weekends. You’ll finally be able to pay for their beers generously, and give yourself to all their emotional needs without a problem, obviously. Surely, the circus career...

Some 30 Day Challenge Heroes!

So many people did really amazing 30 day challenge videos this year, and a lot of them did compilation video edits so we can watch them all in one shot! If you haven’t done a 30 day Flow Challenge yet, I seriously recommend you start now! No matter what prop you use, it will strengthen your resolve, your practice and your understanding of your own work. Here are some of the heroes that made huge progress in their 30 days in January. Juggleheart – Germany – contact juggling She has such a soft, warm touch, yet her style is very fluid and controlled. This is a hard task to complete! She stayed with us throughout the whole challenge, and it was great to have her support during the ups and downs of training. Gonzolo – Argentina – new style ball juggling My new favorite toss juggler, Gonzolo is a beast at sequences! Watching him has helped me level up my own toss juggling game, and inspired me to push farther. Yet, honestly, you would enjoy watching his clean style much more than my own. Mark Williams – New Zealand – Ball Juggler & more Mark is from New Zealand and he is working on some fun and unique work with his 7-11 ball rolling basket ball cascades. He is also a really great juggler in general, and his Contact Juggling moves excite me (always). Despite all his technique, of course I favor the clowny bit with the bum bump… Nick Jack Juggles – 3 ball juggling base patterns He has been learning the base patterns in juggling and it...

The History of the Term Flow Arts

This article was originally posted to the Flow Arts Institute in April 2015, and has been re-posted here with permission. —————– If you ask around in the Flow Arts scene, it seems to come down to a small group of people, pre-youtube, who were trying to figure out what to do with their new prop knowledge and how to put it to good use in the world.  But first, let’s see how that conversation got started. “Movements don’t start with a grand convention. They start with just a few people, or maybe just one.” – Rev. Jeffrey Brown #TED2015 Before the Flow Arts term came to be, people were throwing around the word flow and play. There were two distinct things that made this idea solidify. First, people began spinning and rolling objects at raves in hotspots around the world. In 2001 the legendary Drone was a spot in London where jugglers went to enjoy electronic dance music and play with props. Toronto’s rave scene was heavily influenced by London where the spinning was imported. The raves were suppressed in 2002 in it’s wake a fire-spinning crew began to meet at Trinity Bellwoods with the drum circles. The Toronto rave scene influenced the East coast Buffalo, NY and exchanged a lot of ideas with Detroit, Michigan and moved from North to South. To the West Burning Man’s epic effect on all of North America’s underground culture spread the idea of spinning from the south towards the north. The West Coast and more specifically, L.A. & San Francisco in California, Portland in Oregon, Seattle and Bellingham in Washington and all the...

The Drome – Call out for Photos / Stories / Info

Hey Spinners and Jugglers, There is a story about a mythical place call the Drome that was in London, England between the year 1997 – 2000. This was an underground Squat which had weekly parties for spinners to go to. There was 3 rooms, and amazing rave music. 200-300 people would come every week, making it the largest ever Spin-Jam of all time. People from all over the world would show up. The people would then go spread the word throughout the world, traveling to Thailand, the USA, and all around Europe. This mythical place needs to have it’s story told, but, there is zero evidence of it online. I am hoping to write an article about it, since it’s existence would have been the largest influence on the Flow Arts world in history. Please, can someone send me photos, video, stories, names, dates and any other information of this wonderful legend of a place? send info to: juggleinfinity@gmail.com with the title the Drome Thanks in...

The Busk App

Recently,  BuSK.co released the busk app that allows you to find, and tip street performers. Now a days, street performing is becoming more difficult, as people are carrying less cash and paying by card. Now, you can still give street performers donations, and find the artists you are looking for! Download it here: tiny.cc/buskapp (for iphone users only) And look!! I am the face of the busk app!! how cool is that ! In the end, the app hopes to get metrics with the app, helping the advocacy of street performers all around the world! You can currently use 4 currencies: Pounds, Euros, American and Canadian dollars. If you are a street performer, you can download a sign on your profile to display while you are...

And the Tap Drips – Radio interview

http://podcast.radio-pulsar.org/mp3/andthetapdrips/2016011820_andthetapdrips.mp3 I did a radio interview with Radio Pulsar here in Poitiers, France with the wonderful Emma Crews. We  spoke about my history as an artist, some hilarious French Faux Pas, my life as a juggler and a bit of feminist theory. Giv’er a...

Clown Photo Promo!

Thomas and I had a wonderful time at our clown photo promo shoot! We were creating new photos for each other to update our promo material to our current work. We aren’t getting any younger you know. Lucky for us, you can clown around for life! If you want to see more of our work, check out the page...

Update! New videos

YAY! New Videos, just what you’ve always wanted, right? On these cold winter days, it’s difficult to get outside to play and juggle. Instead, I play inside! You may know that I love video edit, juggling and clowning and these things go really well together. Here are some of my latest videos! VTG transforming contact juggling into poi theory   The Mirror  Thomas and I clowning around in the Rave Cave   Traveling video of 8 countries through...

#30daysofflow : Mission Complete

We Did it! There are 237 videos on the #30dayflowchallenge hashtag and 305 videos on the #30daysofflow hashtag! Incredible work by everyone who got involved. Things I learned this challenge include: Having community support to keep you accountable makes a big difference for getting off your bum and just getting the work done. We all have dark days, sick days, grumpy days and harder days where things just don’t work out for our practice, but they often have their own break through moments and the practice itself helps you get through it. It’s really vulnerable to be posting so many videos of yourself online all the time. There was a lot of self judgement in all aspects of my work including the work itself (especially the contemporary dance/emotional clown work), the gym clothes I wear, the (lack of) make up, my background music choices and just the act of posting about myself every.single.day that feels really strange! (see the hashtag #flowspam). It’s good to see the group learning from each other. I would often try others tricks (most of which were not posted) and I would revisit old tricks I’d forgotten after watching others posting them. Seeing my work on video really helped me clean my lines, and see the differences between graceful and less graceful work and gave me a better idea what to include in my final show I connected through twitter to new people who are doing the #365daysofcircus challenge!! 365 days!!! Good work. Keep it up folks!! the #30dayabschallenge is way more difficult than the juggling challenge!!! WHO DOES 200 crunches & 120 sit ups...

Equality for Women in Juggling: Demographics

Hello friendly jugglers, I’ve been counting the number of women on stage at various juggling festivals I have attended in 2015 and it confirms what I have been suspecting. Women are not found in equal numbers on Gala stages at juggling festivals, and more generally, are not as respected in the juggling community. (Except for the EJC Gala show – way to go EJC team!) This is happening in many fields across the world, and there is good research on gender demographics in those fields. Check out these mathematicians who created an article titled All Male Panels Don’t Just Happen That Way. But there is no demographic research in juggling yet. So, let’s start counting! I need your help. I need someone to email me the ratio of women to men on stages for every juggling festival this year. Info needed: # of women # of men Type of stage (renegade, open, Gala**) Name of Festival Country Type of festival (Juggling fest, Flow Festival, Passing convention, etc) and any other information you have about the festival that may influence demographics. I will be collecting these all year long. The more festivals we have the better our statistics will be at the end of the year! Then we can have a better picture of the demographics in the juggling world. please send it to juggleinfinity [at] gmail.com Thanks for you help in the inquiry about equality for women in juggling! ** I really would like to focus mostly on Gala stages (featured performers) to see who is held up as the leaders in our community. Gala stages are easily seen...

30 Day Challenge is coming!

On saturday I will begin the #30daychallenge for juggling. My challenge this year: Make sequences for choreography. Will you join me in the challenge? 30 minutes for 30 days with 30 new ideas And 30 instagram posts to prove it! Join me and we can support each others challenge! @arielamara @jonglotaku @_ben_west_ @gratefuljuggler @ija_jugglers @dreamjuggler @noeltech #30dayflowchallenge #circuseverydamnday #motivation #endurance #dothething A video posted by Dawn Dreams (@dawn_dreams) on Dec 28, 2015 at 6:31am PST Do you have any training goals as part of your New Year’s resolution? Here’s one for you that we can all do together: The 30 day challenge. The rules: Starting January 2nd (because you’re sleeping it off on the 1st): Practice a prop of choice for at least 30 minutes Do this every day for 30 days (January 2nd – January 31) Choose something new you learned each day Film it with your smart phone Upload 15 second clip to instagram Tag the video #30dayflowchallenge so we can follow you too! Do this until February 1st I have completed the 30 day challenge 2 years in a row, and it is the basis for all of my peak-level work that I practice for the rest of the year. Here is a youtube playlist from my first year I tried this:   Here’s the montage from last year:   Thomas and I enjoyed our 30 day challenge so much that we decided to continue for another 20 days working on duet ideas in February!   Benefits of completing the challenge include: Satisfaction of completing the challenge Getting into the habit of making daily training time...

Bilbo Baggins Syndrome

  Leaving home for the first time is a magical journey filled with adventure. When you are far away, you dream about the things you miss; your mom’s cooking, your old coffee shops, the weekends with your friends. When you first leave you just don’t consider the changes that will happen while you’re gone. Your memories of the old town doesn’t change, but the people back home do. The old cafe closes down, your weekend friends have children, you mom moves an hour outside of the place you grow up. You finally return from all the fun adventures and difficult patches you’ve had over your journey. You see the accumulation of a billion tiny changes that happened since you left. Each person you know is different and so is the landscape around you. You hear the phrase “this place has changed a lot since I was young”… it’s true everywhere. Nobody really understands the things you have seen and they rarely wish to hear about the new ideas you have found. Everyone refers to your old identity; a person you don’t even remember being anymore. They talk to you as if you still are that person. All the once unfamiliar things in far away places have now become familiar. All that was once familiar is now strange. You thought you knew them. They think they know you. Everything you once knew well now is now a novelty. You see it all with new eyes. You know yourself better for returning, yet feel out of place and disconnected because it’s no longer home, these are no longer the people who...

10 inspiring Juggling Women of 2015

It’s time to represent some badass contemporary juggling women of 2015 who have inspired me this year. While there are many others that continue to inspire me throughout my career (cough – Bekka Rose – cough) these ones specifically inspired me in 2015. Rock on ladies! Svetlana & Olena More specifically, Olena Biambasuren & Svetlana Kolodiy act at the EJC where they passed 5 clubs while riding a unicycles. Their work in that show was so classy and clean, it was incredible to watch. How graceful is that?   Gaëlle Cathelineau Now this is the kind of character I aspire to. What an amazing clown act, with some serious technical clubs. Booya. I was floored by her work at the National French Juggling Convention this year. She also works with… Audrey Decaillon Gaëlle and her both work in in the Collectif 100% Plastik where they have a great clowny duet piece. I also got the priviledge to see their work individually. I can’t find a video of her act from the NFJC, but it was a take-no-bull, powerful, suit wearing contemporary french act like that I have never seen. These ladies are truly at the top of the juggling feild. Jeanine Ebnöther Jeanine taught me about Alexander Technique mixed with clown last year and I have been using the principles of her class in my daily practice since then. She appeared for the first time on video for a long time in the Contact Juggling Collaboration video with her Mad Contact Juggling skillz. From what she tells me, she has been doing many different contemporary acts around Europe, catch...

Busking vs Juggling

There is a large gap between the busking community and the juggling community, one that I sit delicately on the balance between the two. If I had to choose, I would say that I fit more in the busking category, with juggling tendencies. You see, jugglers don’t make good street performers – at least, not great circle show performances, because they are not performers  per-say, and jugglers are obsessed with technique. It’s totally fair to be obsessed with technique, it makes a good juggler. To be a juggler, it takes mind numbing amounts of practice, at least according that meme above. But to be a performer means you have to connect with your audience in numerous ways. They have to like us, the person in front of them. Many jugglers (myself included), attempting to be creative, need to get that difficult trick in, and show off our amazing skill we worked on forever. Yet, when a trick is difficult the focus shifts away from the audience, and into the objects in hand and ourselves. We jugglers forget to breath, smile, show emotion or – have any connection point whatsoever. We become entirely focused on what they are doing, rather than what they are showing. Comedians and clowns do much better as street shows because the entire show is about the connection to the audience. It is almost never about the trick itself. It’s as though the trick is a worm to entice the people to watch you, but the comedy is the actual hook. There is personality, pizazz. Jugglers, most often, lose their character.. Holding onto a character is...

Pochinko Class in Cianciana

our masks: 6 directions in one Given the opportunity to both develop my own personal work and also be a part of a second level course creation with Sara Tilley and Ian Wallace, I jumped. A bit of mystery surrounded the event, but I knew that a whole bunch of clowns like me were going to descend upon Cianciana, Italy and that I had to be there. This particular workshop was special because through interviews and research Sara is attempting to write some of the philosophical underpinnings of Richard Pochinko’s style of clowning, and what he desired from this work most of all. This work is the closest I will ever get to a ritualistic and spiritual exploration. What is Richard Pochinko style? They call it “Clown through Mask”, creating and using a mask to discover feelings, beliefs and tendencies underneath the masks. It’s an exploration of the humanity of the self. It is a schooling that makes one feel the feelings inside of themselves and brings them outward, instead of trying to act a feeling and attempt to bring it inside oneself. This style helps one free oneself of arrogant confines, attempting to sidestep any and all logical planning and allowing what is already there to be shown to the world. “Nothing never happens” my original Pochinko teacher, David McMurray Smith, would say. Most of all, Pochinko style is an engagement in true childlike Play. In my original classes, I would find myself unwilling and blocked. David would tell me to use that, play with it too. Anything that is coming to you is your playground, use it...

End of Summer 2015!

It’s been a great summer in France, learning about the street festivals and juggling festivals across the country. Also, traveling across Europe and performing in 8 different countries this year, I have learned about the European performance scene. I am writing about the various countries and the performance permits on The Busking Project if you would like to follow along! Also, I have been writing for the Flow Arts Institute about the history of the term Flow Arts, defining what Flow Arts means to me and writing about the differences in Juggling vs Flow Arts. Now that that the Performance season is slowing down, and I no longer have a working visa here, I will be retraining my clown technique with Ian Wallace and Sara Tiley in Italy, and continuing my research on the letters work on my own. I look forward to returning to Canada in March (as I am hoping for an extension of my holiday Visa here in France until my partner completes his studies) and showing the world the new things from Europe! As I have more time, you will surely see more posts from me soon. À Bientot!...

La Nouvelle Republic: August 2015

Original found here: http://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/Vienne/Loisirs/Fetes-festivals/n/Contenus/Articles/2015/08/25/Dawn-la-Canadienne-jongle-a-Poitiers-depuis-un-an-2440509 Vienne – Poitiers Dawn, la Canadienne, jongle à Poitiers depuis un an Laurent Favreuille 25/08/2015 05:38 Dawn et Thomas ont créé deux numéros inédits de jonglerie à découvrir ce week-end à Poitiers. – (Photo Benjamin Tressou) Dès jeudi des centaines de jongleurs investiront Poitiers à l’occasion de leur Convention nationale. Rencontre avec Dawn, qui vit ici depuis un an.  Il y a près d’un an, Dawn Monette débarquait dans la Vienne. Cette Canadienne anglophone de 34 ans venait rejoindre son amoureux français, rencontré à Vancouver, qui suit des études d’ingénieur à l’Ensma de Poitiers. Rapidement, la jeune femme a pris ses marques dans la capitale du Poitou. Surtout, elle y a rencontré une deuxième famille en faisant connaissance avec les membres de l’association Mamagabe. C’est dans cette « multi-association de musique et d’animations en tous genres dans une ambiance bon enfant » – la signification exacte de l’acronyme – que Dawn a rencontré Thomas Bernard. Deux numéros en duo Normand d’origine mais vivant dans la Vienne depuis une douzaine d’années, cet ancien prof de cirque au centre socioculturel de la Blaiserie, à Poitiers, et au Champ des Toiles, à Dissay, a immédiatement reconnu la jongleuse réputée pour ses vidéos postées sur les réseaux sociaux. « J’avais vu ses vidéos sur YouTube, raconte Thomas. Comme on pratique tous les deux la balle de contact (ndlr : de la jonglerie sans lancer), je lui ai rapidement proposé de nous entraîner ensemble. » Et grâce à la mise à disposition du gymnase des Feuillants par la ville de Poitiers, les deux jongleurs ont pu répéter quasi quotidiennement depuis le mois de janvier. > Voir la vidéo...

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of those things in our society that we really gloss over. Something horrible happens to us, and if we’re are lucky we have deep friends who are there by our side, willing to listen to us – for as long as we need – as we find forgiveness for those who’ve done us wrong. (I am so grateful to have friends like this). But many aren’t that lucky. Some get a 3 month grace period from family and friends, after a major divorce, severe betrayal or a death, and after that they get the trite and cliche phrases of “let it go” “get over it” and “suck it up”.  This may shut people up, but it is unhelpful in the long run. It actually shuts down the process leading to forgiveness. Our society can seem allergic to emotions, trying to rid ourselves of them as soon as possible, but humans don’t work like that. Forgiveness is inefficient and time consuming. But, totally, totally worth it. Yet, even in the best of situations, surrounded by good friends and having time to process the losses, most of us don’t have very good examples of what forgiveness is. All the stories in all the world focus on overcoming the obstacles,  getting the girl, and perhaps getting revenge. Anger is powerful, and it’s easier to blame and slay your enemy. But Hollywood movies and popular stories don’t go into how forgiveness is given, or the long, slow process it can take to construct it. So, in my own path to forgiveness, I have created this flow chart in an attempt...

2015 Summer Tour

The Dream European Tour Starting Next week, Dawn will be on a 3 week tour performing across Belgium, The Netherlands,  Denmark, Finland and Norway! Based in France, Dawn has been touring little towns finding people to entertain in every place she is welcome. But Next week, she is traveling. Starting with two days in Brussels, she moves quickly east to visit the World Statue Competition researching what the best in the world are doing. Moving on through Hamburg, to Copenhagen, and ending in Oslo, she’s excited for her dream busking tour! Follow the adventure by liking her Facebook page. If you are in any of these cities please get in touch! Have you checked out the DVD yet? Learning contact juggling changed Dawn’s life forever, and She wants to share that joy with you! Click here to learn more. Dawn has a new juggling partner! Thomas Bernard is a great circus partner. and we’ve founded a new company called Balles Debloques! Look for us around cities in France performing our new street show! Dawn rejoined the Busking Project & over the next few months will be helping out on their social media and with their new writers. Also, Dawn is writing articles on the culture of Flow Arts on the Flow Arts Institute and practice and performance tips to the Dawn Dreams Blog. Facebook Twitter Website Instagram Tumblr Copyright © 2015 Dawn Dreams Circus, All rights reserved.unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences...

French Language Faux Pas

Speaking a foreign language here has allowed some hilarious moments of serious miscommunications that go way beyond basic politeness. Okay, so I get my tu’s and vous’s mixed up all the time, but that is easily forgiven by anyone who knows you’re a foreigner (and believe me they know). However, I recommend you don’t say a few of the things I have said while I am here. Debit Card This one is very easily mistaken in any interaction when using your bank card to pay. The French language usually does not pronounce the last letters in a word, and des bits sounds a lot like debit. When you are paying at a cashier, I recommend saying “I would like to pay by card, please.” Par carte si vous plait, instead of “I would like to pay with a bag of dicks, please”. Par des bits si vous plait. Duck This is more my own difficulty in hearing the enunciation in vowels than a common difficulty. Perhaps I shouldn’t be asking for french lessons from my boyfriend’s parents when I ask questions like “why do people use the word duck so violently?” If someone is yelling at you in the street calling you a duck; canard, they are not saying duck. They are calling you an asshole; connard. This is not asshole grease. The Cat The french language has a gendered pronoun for every noun, and you have to learn the pronoun with each noun or they will not understand what you are saying. So, diligently, in school I learned my le (male) and my la (female) with each noun,...

Daily differences of living in France

It is incredibly lucky to be living in France, the country of love, of beauty and a rich cultural history. But the learning curve during any kind of immigration is high, and some of my ideological values oppose the values this culture espouses. More than that, some of the daily cultural tasks take some getting used to. Here are a few things that’s taken me 8 months to find anywhere close to normal. 1. Shutters Photo from AlicekeysMD – she loves shutters France loves barricading themselves into their house. They have gates they lock and shutters they close after dark every night. It’s pure black rooms where you can’t see yourself go to the bathroom at night. I find it terrifying and disorienting inside my own house. My boyfriend has learned to keep all the shutters open for me, and let the dim light in the moon shine in when the insomnia kicks in. Thank goodness – the pure black is just too much. I love waking up to the natural light on my face, and the experience of shutters-closed awakenings leaves me groggy nearly all day. 2. Locking from the inside Again, barricading from the inside, the French make sure no one can get in or out of their domicile in any hurry. Considering how often I lose my keys with my ADD brain, I’ve managed to lock myself in the house on countless occasions. Canadian locks don’t need keys from the inside, and the level of anxiety I feel when I can’t get out of the house is incredible. I lived in a family that didn’t lock...

An Essay on Fools

This essay was written in 2004 in college. I thought it was still relevant and that you might enjoy some of this foolish history. ——– Me as a classic pirouette clown A man walks behind a fellow, making faces behind his back. Silly, rude gestures come flying and dancing around the fellow, the audience laughs.  The fellow turns quickly to look behind him. There he sees is a funny looking man, leaning against the wall, whistling. A fool could play this game for hours, mostly because he is entertaining himself, although he will always ham it up for an audience. Everyone recognizes a good fool, and will carry one in their heart if they are wise. This archetype has been used for over four thousand years. In fact, since the time of the Pharohs in Egypt to modern day, fools have been creating laughter. A fool, whom people recognize these days, would be the “Cap’N’Bells” fool, which, is found in a card deck and is normal used as the rule breaker card. This image of a joker depicts a crazy looking man, with a huge smile, and mischievous eyes, pointy ears and a silly hat. His clothes are patterns of each suit in the deck, patched together to make a array of colour. This goes back to Renaissance, 1500-1700 AD* during the times of kingdom and court. The model jester did not begin there, as he has more history throughout time than most popular religions. Although he seems basic, the unique characteristics which a fool is composed of, creates a seemingly childish entertainer, whom appeals to all mass, threatens...

Balance: Practicing Grounding Out

There is a lot to be said about grounding out. Contact Juggling is an exercise in balance, and it’s a wonder how I got this far without understanding balance of myself. Over this past year, I have been taking workshops, and working with directors who are guiding me to a deeper understanding of my own body. This is a video that shows some of that work. Especially near the end with one ball. You can see the difference now, from when I feel internally balanced and when I am not paying attention. It has decreased my pains and increased my practice. There is much to say about this, however, I do not have time for a full essay today. I will be following up with ideas on how to increase your level of internal awareness inside your own body. Until then, here is a video I created this weekend! 😀   Must reads        »  Vancouver Canada Day Parade 2010        »  Goldie on Zoink’d YTV Canada        »  Goldie the Contact Juggling Statue        »  Montreal – Gazette 2013        »  Public Dreams 25th Anniversary...

What do you include in your Fitness Praxis?

There is a lot of talk about practice time, discipline, focus and attention to details in the world of juggling and Flow Arts. The combined action of this work is what I call Fitness Praxis. Yet, there are so many areas which we can put our attention to, which ones are the most important? Of course, it depends on what the outcome of your work will be, but there are a few areas which are important to us all as humans. As physical practitioners, we should be training more than just our props. If we do not, we will not reach our full potential because we lack strength, agility and endurance. It is inevitable that we will get injured if we do not include sports training in our art work. In other sports disciplines it’s called cross-training, which means the body is more balanced, you protect yourself from repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and the result is more energy and dynamic mobility. “It is inevitable that we will get injured if we do not include sports training in our art work.” Currently, my full time job is a training circuit. I realize this is a small luxury, it’s also circumstantial due to immigration to a new country. I consider my ‘free time’ here as ‘time to seriously school myself’. Honestly, I wish there was time for this level of commitment when I started 10 years ago. Instead, I worked on my prop training, community building and university education. Those were also good things to do, but my body suffered injuries that were preventable. Through the years I discovered a more...

How to Create an Act in 10 steps

One thing about juggling and Flow Arts that comes naturally out of practicing for a long time, is the desire to show someone what you have learned. It takes so much time and energy to get good at what you are doing, it’s a natural progression to want to put it on stage. But how do you get from juggling for fun with your friends to getting it on stage? Here are 10 tips on how to create an act for this summers season! Sideshow Studios, Vancouver, Canada Step 1:  Feel your own capabilities Do you only do 5 tricks? Great! how do you present them nicely? Why are people interested in them? What makes it fun? Practice. Understand your limits and only do what you are capable. Improv, act like a child, figure out what is fun for YOU. Sharing what is fun for you is going to be what is fun for others. Video what you like best to witness it. See if it’s worth watching. Cut the best clips out and edit together. Step 2: Constructively Critique it. Watch the video and write down critiques. Be honest with yourself. Is this really working? Don’t be so brutal that you lose self-esteem, but enough that you can take out the bad parts and work on what needs to be polished. Write down what you like. relish in those moments and maybe figure out if you can extend them. Write down what ideas you have that can push this idea further and what’s missing. Step 3: Find music. Probably the most difficult part of creating an act because...
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