Earlier this summer, I challenged myself to make a song a day for nine days, the result was I’m Enough, an EP of songs made in under two hours, with completely improvised lyrics.
The purpose of this challenge was begin creating my own motivation and to stop waiting for permission, to stop waiting for things to come to me, to stop waiting for the conditions to be perfect, and to move, with force, in the direction I wished. The end result wasn’t as much my motivation, as getting something done, moving in the right direction. I had allowed myself to slip into this hole, where I wasn’t being bold and wasn’t taking chances, and this was my effort to free myself.
So, I decided to make a video, without very much preparation, to get the ball rolling, and here it be!
Yesterday I realized how great this show would be, once I finished mixing the music. I’m super excited. I then thought how much rehearsal I would need to be confident enough to perform this the way it should be performed and my mind went numb…. Numb as in, it just stopped feeling, because I know it’s going to be very difficult in this short time frame, but it’s the only choice I can live with so it must happen. Last night I had to attend an event for a fringe show I am in that opens the day after my show (I know), so I figured it would be best for me to just get to sleep as early as possible and wake up as early as possible when no one else was awake, to start rehearsing choreography. So, I woke up at 3am this morning and started. I love moving, I love dancing, so as much as this is work, it’s also really fun for me! But, yes it is tiring as hell and I was worried that it was going to make me to tired to run my daily 6 miles with my sister, but I made it. I know my body needs more fuel than its been getting, I’ve been skipping breakfast a lot lately, because I’m so busy in the morning and for lunch I have a salad and some nuts and what not and I’ve been skipping dinner to just go to sleep…. I know, I should just eat. This morning my sister and I got some breakfast after our run, then I came back and rehearsed for 20 or so more minutes. I divided the show into 4 parts, the first part of the show is about 85% choreographed (of course I need much more practice, but that’s a good start. I’ve got so much work to do and I’m so excited to do it! It’s a privilege to be worried in this way! Gotta go… off to work now!
So, I’ve decided to challenge myself to put a show together with only two weeks to work with…. Yeah. Normally it takes months and months of preparation, considering I handle all aspects of press, music, choreography, etc. But it’s part of the challenge. Constraints and limitations often enhance creativity… so here I go!
I spent yesterday (Day 1) working on poster designs and sending out emails and press releases…. which was difficult, given the fact that I don’t know what the show is exactly…. But, I did what I could. I had to no time to sit and perfect, which often serves as a procrastination tool. I find that I have trouble finishing things, because “they’re not done” and this challenge forces me to arrive somewhere. Here’s what I came up with!
This morning, it was my challenge to get my music mix 75% done, because I can’t start rehearsing choreography if I don’t know what I’m working with. So, I woke up at 6:30am, ran 6 miles with my sister, came home and pushed through a process that often takes me days, in a matter of 2 hours or so…. I know. What surprised me, is that I really like the mix! I was afraid that with such a short time frame to work with, I wouldn’t be able to do something smart or something that really spoke to me…. but I did. I’m pretty much done with the mix, I really only need to worry about transitions…. which is fine. The important thing is, I can begin running numbers and with only 13 days to go…. that’s what I really need to be doing at this point. Hopefully later this evening I will be able to start that process. I’ll keep you informed. in the mean time, listen to the songs that inspired this project!
Earlier this summer, Sebastian challenged himself to create a song a day for 9 days, in usually under 2 hours. The products of this challenge motivated him to create yet another challenge; put together a live, one person show in just 2 weeks…. and this is it!
A one person, conceptual, multimedia, theatrical concert, IM ENOUGH
is the love child of self-made motivation and a desire to honor one’s destiny. Upon reading Brendon Burchard’s, Motivation Manifesto, Sebastian took it upon hiself to create music despite conditions not being the most favorable, despite not and having artists to collaborate with and to do so with all he had, himself. IM ENOUGH i a declaration, an art manifesto that says I am capable, I can, and I will. Sebastian aims to entertain and inspire by being true to his highest self.
Listen to the songs that inspired this event here:
It’s day nine in my challenge to create a song every day. Listen to Used To Care!