11 December 2014

The Introverted Artist

Day 2:

I promised myself, I would blog and vlog for 30 days starting Tuesday and somehow I started on Wednesday. Although, I easily failed this task I’m starting over and keeping my promise to blog daily and give a weekly vlog of my daily adventures. I’m forcing myself to be outgoing and sociable. As I stated in my previous blog, this is not my character, but a person I play to appease others. Two things I’m good at is hiding from the world and procrastination. I could teach a class on both. However, the lesson plan would be done last minute and it would be a video lecture, so I wouldn’t have to leave my apartment.

Now, to be a homebody artist is detrimental to your career. You must market yourself, promote and be visible. All and all, people must know you exist. I’m fine with hiding, but I want to create art that the world will see. ┬áThis means…..I need people to know who I am . People are not going to support you, if they don’t see you supporting yourself or feel a connection to you and your work. I am a hard worker, but I do it alone in the privacy of my own home. I don’t like to ask for help, not become I’m a control freak, but due to the fact that I don’t like to bother people. I understand, being an artist is not the norm and struggling is a huge part of the journal. I am so happy to be doing what I love. I am thankful, everyday that I have a full-time career in what I actually went to school for and I am healthy to perform. Even though I injured something once a month.This marketing thing though. The company is a full package, with me being the bow. I need to display myself as a career women, which means….I need to be seen. So, I’m coming out of my bedroom and introducing myself to all. Hi! I’m RED.

About The Author

Erika "Big Red" Stowall is a choreographer and performer from Detroit, MI. Currently she serves as Artistic Director of Big Red Danke productions, and teaches at various locations in the Metro-Detroit area. Her current dance companies are Big Red Wall and Red Pumps.