09 September 2014

All in one week


I feel like I've been relatively on hiatus from my 'normal' life, as I get settled into some writing work and the rhythms of the more-or-less regularly employed.

And so far it's been pretty decent. I ride my bike most days through the park to the office, eat lunch with my
colleagues, and cultivate my appreciation for fine spirits. It sounds not too bad, and it isn't at all.

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22 August 2014

10,000 hours (more or less)


Practice makes perfect – in theory.

Or perfect practice makes better, according to my high school volleyball coach. But in both versions of this peptalk, there is a direct correlation between practice and improvement (or hours of practice and level of achievement).

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15 August 2014

A quick blast of Fringe



An idea formed in my mind some months ago: a sneaky return to the Edinburgh Fringe. Not an actual run, but a couple performances, a few guest spots, some visiting with friends and seeing a few shows I'd been keen to watch.

Well, it happened. A few days of delightful delights and enjoyable running to and fro.

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03 August 2014

A new year, a slight pivot


We're over the halfway point of the second calendar year of my Amsterdam Programme.

That 'programme' is sort of generally my life here: working as a creative freelancer, and pursuing writing and performing professionally. It's been going really well. i'm writing lots, have been traveling quite a bit, had the opportunity to develop a couple of new shows, and produce some comedy and storytelling events. It's actually even worked out to be reasonably – though not wildly – financially successful.

So, yeah. Pretty good. But what's the next step?

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28 July 2014

12 tips for the creative freelancer

Fields of flowers at sunset can be so relaxing 
I've been a 'creative freelancer' for a while now: in fact, ever since we moved to Amsterdam eighteen months ago. And it's going alright. Pretty well, even.

I've learned a few things along the way, which seems like really the minimum one can do when embarking on a new venture. So I've made a list of some of these things that I think might be helpful for others.

They apply specifically to me and what I've been doing – which is writing websites and corporate film scripts, performing and teaching improv comedy, producing and hosting storytelling and comedy events, and a smattering of acting and voiceover work. But they are – well, if not universal, at least extrapolatable. Which is only theoretically a word, but most certainly a concept.

Hopefully they'll be useful for you.

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25 July 2014

Return to the Edinburgh Fringe

For two shows only, I'll be at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

I'm pleased to announce, more or less more officially (I'm pretty sure a blogpost qualifies as an official channel), that I'll be back in Edinburgh for the Fringe 2014. And not as a visitor – although there are about 300 shows I want to see – I'll be back doing a very limited run (two shows) of The Pitch.

Or, as it's known in the PBH Free Fringe programme: Ryan Millar in The Pitch!

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22 July 2014

So Corfu-sed


I'm just back from Impro Hotel in Corfu, and I'm still completely Corfused.

I was definitely in another world for a full week - and that world was full of sun, laughs, delicious homemade meals served at pre-appointed times, dune buggies, improv revelations, dancing and high quality good times. Although I was technically working (I was there to teach improv), it sure didn't feel like it; in the words of camp director Ralf, there was much party made last week.

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03 July 2014

An incomplete guide to Ryan Millers and Millars

That's not a typo. The Canucks new goalie spells his last name with an 'e'. 

A lot of people have been asking me if I'm excited about heading back to Vancouver to play for the Canucks. I would be, if I were doing so.

But I am not.

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