Performing in a New City

Seattle

Two weeks ago, I moved to Seattle. Things out here have been extremely interesting and fast paced. Everything is different and everything is similar.

It’s so green out here! I come from Colorado, a very dry and desert-like place. Colorado has amazing mountains, but very little water in comparison to Seattle. Out here, things are green year-round and right now, everything is starting to bloom.

There’s so much water out here! Every time I go over, under, across, and see a bridge, I say one of three things: Wow, Pretty, or Water! Right after that it’s usually: Look at the boats!!! It’s going to be a while before I get over the visual stimulation of this city.

The bus system in Seattle is very functional. I’m getting used to keeping a few dollars on me to be able to take the bus instead of taking my car. That being said, I’m still very happy to have a car in Seattle. It gives me the freedom to move around as I see fit.

The Job

I didn’t get the job that I was going for at SEOmoz, which is quite a bummer. Their lack of communication after the interview process is quite annoying, but other than that, it was a really fun and intense interview process. I’m slamming out the applications daily now. Amazon, Microsoft, and small to medium sized businesses, I’m applying everywhere for marketing, internet marketing, SEO, and administrative assistant positions.

I’ve decided to also try and get my own business up and running. I will be building websites for small to medium businesses using the WordPress platform. I will then maintain these websites and do freelance SEO, Social Media Marketing, and Inbound Marketing for new clients. I’m getting my portfolio up and running and I plan to announce the new business over on http://www.capacityanddesire.com/web/. I will also be doing an online fundraiser to get my new business off the ground. Please check back this Thursday for more information!

C+D Performance

I’ve been performing with New Vision Dance company for two weeks now. We have a performance coming up on May 5th and 6th. I’ll be posting about the show later. It’s been fun working with NVDC. We’ve already done a photo shoot and finished up choreography on one piece for the show.

Fire dancing is a blast out here in Seattle. There’s a really big community of fire performers out here. I’m working with NW Fire Conclave for the Burn as their Assistant Shin. We’re working on some very fun choreography and fire costumes. New choreography is leading me to learn new skills and is pushing me to develop myself as a performer.

I’m looking into getting a performance troupe going. This is a long-term project though and I’m definitely going to have to take the time to start developing costumes.

Now that I’ve finally settled in, I plan on getting back to posting 2 to 3 times a week from now on. As always, thank you for reading and please share Capacity and Desire with your friends!

Fire Dancing: My Story

Recently, I seem to have developed an interesting relationship with fire. Normally, as with most people, this would constitute lighting small fires, working with new tools in the woods to start fires, and reading by candlelight. With me, my new found interest has resulted in setting myself on fire and finding it great.

How did this come about? What strange reasoning could I possibly be using? Is there a reason for this? Yes. Actually, this all stems from my lack of fear for fire.

Fire Sword DancingI visited Black Rock City for the first time in September, 2009. While there, I saw a culture that welcomed the flame. Thousands of fire spinners converge on the Burn every year and thousands of fire toys are lit up at all times throughout the visually stunning night. It’s a wonderful sight. After being enchanted by it, I wanted in.

June of 2010 I met a girl fire dancer who inspired me to become a fire performer. I got comfortable being around fire by becoming a Safety for one of the organized fire dancing groups in Denver. Being a Safety in this group had me sitting right in the center of 50+ fire dancers while they lit up and saw how close they could get to me. After the first few times of being a Safety, I learned to trust the art of fire dancing and the people who practice it.

3 weeks of practice led me to lighting my poi up for the first time on July 31st. I didn’t burn myself or singe any hair, which for a first time fire dancer, is pretty good. With practice, I became better and more comfortable playing with my new hobby.

During this time, I was surrounded by other fire spinners who burn themselves by accident a lot. My good friend Moloch is a walking billboard of how not to fire spin (seriously, the amount of scars on this kid are impressive). I would watch my friends singe themselves and get burned on a nightly basis. Burn cream is an essential that everyone carries. Everyone has little nics and scars from fire dancing. Everyone but me.

I’ve never burned myself. I have set myself on fire, at first by accident, then later slightly on purpose. Through all of these times I’ve never been burned. This has led to several incidents of me torching myself and continuing to dance through the flames.

I am now both a Fire Sword Dancer and a Fire Poi spinner. I am using this talent to perform and entertain at shows, venues, and festivals around the country (and soon, around the world). Check out the video below to see some of my fire sword dancing. I’ll be sure to post here about upcoming shows, performances, and festivals where I will be fire dancing.