As the year winds down, you start talking to your friends about the year - the good, the bad, hopes for 2016. Like me, a lot of people felt like 2015 was a 'transitional' year, and that new things will really start to happen in 2016. Well, I know I definitely feel this way! Here are a few things that happened for me this year...
Sort of unexpectedly, I delved deeper into website design and branding, including new personal branding, a website for Christopher Eysie Custom Interiors, Weis-Buy Farms, TickleJuice, and more! I also created a 'Services' page to showcase this growing body of work. I've also been working with Adobe Illustrator a bit more; check out my illustrative polygons, here!
And, in just one week, I learned Adobe InDesign and created a magazine to highlight and showcase my work, the first issue titled 'The Legend,' haha. You can purchase the magazine for yourself, and check out the original writing, art and insight into who I am! ;)
Throughout the year I've been working on a collaboration with the painter Pete Rogers, too! Last winter I was contacted by Pete, who had been following both my modeling and artwork for some time. He was wondering if I had time to model for some new paintings, and I agreed. I quickly began modeling for his upcoming paintings, for which he snaps hundreds of reference photos. However, I saw an opportunity to do more: I take the raw images, and create digital art from our work together.
Two of my digital works from this collaboration, 'Yoked' and 'Neon Opalescence,' were featured in the Makeover! gallery show at Subsamson in Boston this past fall, a show created and curated by Boston LGTBQIA Artist Alliance. The BLAA is a great organization, and I hope to work with them again in the future!
From January through May, I worked as the Manager of Marketing and Design (some called me the 'Digital Strategist') for Boston Indie Mafia, Inc., a non-profit for performers and filmmakers in and around Boston. I recreated their website, social media channels, and more. You can see some of the events I attended and assisted with, as well, like the January event in which my short 'Ice Cream For Breakfast' was featured, my post about becoming an 'official mafia member,' and even a video interview with SCATV, too!
You can also read a few posts on my website Meeting In The Media, too, hinting at a few reasons as to why I left the organization.
Speaking of Meeting In The Media, I setup this website in the spring, and transitioned it from WordPress to Squarespace over the summer. MITM is an online news and marketing site featuring articles on design, communications, and stories about 'the industry.' Discover new media and learn from tutorials, stories, web and graphic design, marketing, production and more!
In fact, I wrote an article about the film submission website Film Freeway, and they liked it so much they thanked me by using my film 'My Big Bad Wolf' in a promotion to advertise a new Film Freeway feature website feature! MITM has been on an unplanned hiatus for a few months as I work on a million other projects, but we'll be back soon ;)
This year I also met Vincent Morreale of Paracelsus Films, an award-winning film and video production company specializing in original web content, such as their award-winning comedy series 'Staying In Boston.' Now, we're working together on a few projects! First, I'm making a brand new website for the production company, complete with an online shop in the near future. I'll also be hosting their new web series 'Art Scene in the City,' a show featuring filmmakers, performers and artists in and around Boston. We're setting up interviews for the coming months, and I can't wait to start filming!
I also met Gerg Anidem, founder and host of Indie Scene Radio, an internet radio station ranked the #1 Indie station on the KryKey.com global network of internet radio stations! Gerg kept inviting me to shows at Hard Rock Cafe, (but I was lame and listened to an ex-boyfriend who preferred to skip all of those events for six months to stay home and do...nothing). Finally, in early autumn, I took Gerg up on his offer, and took a few friends to see 'The Battle of the Bands' at Boston's Hard Rock Cafe, where Gerg was a judge at the event!
I even setup a sponsorship between the radio station and Boston Indie Mafia - how's that for Manager of Marketing?
If you've followed me online, you might remember my role as a vampire in 'Disregard The Vampire,' a 2014 film by Mike Messier. Well, the film didn't quite come together as a narrative, and Mike decided to film some interviews and make it into a documentary! I filmed a great interview for the upcoming film, and soon thereafter appeared on Mike's show 'Messier Mantra,' a show featuring filmmakers and actors around New England and their personal mantras. You'll have to watch the show to find out my mantra! ;)
My episodes have aired in Seekonk, MA, and if you're in Rhode Island you can look forward to a state-wide broadcast coming this January!
Also in January, you can hear my podcast with Mike O'Toole of Experimentally ILL Radio, an awesome, experimental online radio show featured in The Boston Globe!
We talked about my our acting in the upcoming Reel Groovy Films movie 'Victor Has Been Shot' (or, perhaps 'The Shackling'), John Hartman's Retro Tube web series, my photography work, androgyny and gender roles, Freud and 'penis envy,' lucid dreaming, and, according to Mike, "her interesting childhood interactions, funny, sexy stories and more!"
Yep, don't wanna miss that one! ;)
I also received the IndieFEST Award of Recognition for my experimental film 'My Big Bad Wolf,' was the first in the 'Indie Filmmaker Spotlight' series with Loud Green Bird, a spread in online Ultima Moda Magazine, a month-long feature with Artists Only (AO), and the amazing article on gender by Tori Rysz for Art New England Magazine.
It was this ANE article 'Turning Barriers Into Bridges,' combined with my part in the BLAA Makeover! show, that got me thinking more about gender, and how my experiences play into my art. While I've shared work with a subtext regarding abusive relationships, I decided to open-up a bit more on another topic. I wrote a post 'My Androgynous Childhood' and received support. Even Art New England Magazine shared it across social media!
A new year, new online classes and a new job, plus new art! I'm definitely looking forward to 2016; all of these things I've done feel like first steps towards larger events. Maybe if you think your year hasn't been so great, you can try writing out the highlights and see just how great it was :)
Happy New Year! <3