I realise I’ve left this blog somewhat lonely for a time. Anyway without further ado (is it ever with further ado? Perhaps there are times when a further ado is precisely what is required…) here is an update of my various activities.
I have been writing more over the last year or so. More poetry/lyrics/songs etc. Some of this output has found its way into the lyrics and vocal recordings as part of my work with the electronic collaborations Echo Rescue and Points of Convergence. More material to come from both projects, including video work as soon as I work out how to use my iPhone properly…
Apart from that I am writing short stories.
I have also been trying my hand at some extra (extra as in background extra for film and TV, not just additional) work. As a way to earn a little extra cash and explore parts of Sydney I wouldn’t normally visit, being part of a ‘background’ cast is good fun. I have done a few small/student works to try out a bit of actual acting as well, and hope to do some more.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing. Back to work.
Since moving to Sydney, I have started working with the film collective Knowledge Variable.
We are producing art films with a focus on the experimental and strange, the avant-garde and the poetic and the mysterious and the magical.
I’m looking forward to writing, acting in and producing new films and ideas.
Check out our youtube channel here.
Links to present and previous employers can be found here: Freelancer Links
Freelance writing is not always an easy way to make a living. The availability of work, for one, is pretty unpredictable to say the least! It takes a long time to build up a good list of trustworthy clients and contacts. Getting them to pay can be another matter altogether. Sometimes you can work for twice as long for the same money as you would in a 9-5 office job. Oh well. The advantages still outweigh the disadvantages.
I’m self-employed. I don’t have to worry about colleagues, management or uncomfortable ‘water cooler chat’. When you add the fact that I am in a new city (Berlin) and have a less than great command of the local language, there is the danger of being somewhat isolated in my endeavours. The answer? It is all manageable! (and better than the office or the warehouse!)