by Phil Warren
Well, April is finished. Easter, my birthday, and a slew of artistic ventures have come and gone. Here’s a recap of what happened:
Surprisingly Positive Consequences:
- I had my first “real” showing in an artistic venue! Well, kind of. Thanks to a flash mob, my stencils of “Keep Calm and Urinate” were proudly displayed in some “very small galleries” at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles. It turned out these small galleries were Port-O-Potties, but let’s focus on the positive aspects: People saw my art while not wearing any pants!
- I shot and directed my first documentary short- which will ultimately emerge as a short internet commercial on Perez Hilton’s fashion blog, cocoperez – In doing so I met the LOVELY pop star Skyler Stonestreet and got to work with a very dear friend and insanely talented latex designer, Abigail Greydanus.
- I wrote, co-directed, and played the lead role in “Silver Lake”, a piece that will later be incorporated in the feature film “Project Los Angeles”.
- I experienced moments of catharsis and fulfillment that I did not know a human was capable of feeling. Photographing a panorama of Los Angeles from the burnt down ruins of The White City after a 16 mile hike was… transcendent.
- I grew closer to already incredible friends. If any of my blog readers learn anything from this month’s challenge, it should be this: NOTHING PULLS PEOPLE TOGETHER LIKE THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A LARGE ART PROJECT. Between the crew on my films and the friends who simply painted with me at art parties, our community grew and strengthened by leaps and bounds.
Slightly Negative Results
I. Am. Exhausted. The final project, the culmination of this month’s project, led to some of the most intense work I’ve ever done. Between the pre-production and the insane multi-tasking on set until 4 AM, I at points questioned if creating a film was something I could do while working a full time job “on the side”. Turns out it was!
Surprisingly… Surprising Consequences.
While this month’s challenge afforded me more amazing opportunities and brought me closer to friends than previous month’s, none of it felt that “new”. Whenever I sit down to make an art piece, it’s a “new” experience I suppose, so as an artist, I’m not sure it exactly stretched my comfort bubble. Which is why I ended up turning to film, a medium I’ve always been too intimidated by to tackle with the gusto it requires. That change in direction captured the point of this project more effectively, I believe. That being said, I’d say I “achieved” something far greater and more tangible than I thought I would in the course of The Brave New by creating “Silver Lake”, and I hope others felt as gratified as well!
So, Brave Newbies, what did you create? Are you ready to rediscover yourself in next month’s challenge: Old is The New New?
by Phil Warren
There’s a lot of things I learned about myself and about meeting new people. Thoughts were developed with friends on the psuedo-sciences of attitude in society, and how it factors in with making new friends. It’s truly astounding what happened by the end of January.
Unexpected Positive Consequences
Constant socialization and adventuring snowballed, and rapidly reshaped my attitude in day to day life.
- I was doing far more outside of work than usual, but to my surprise, I was getting far more done at the office. I was out almost every night meeting new people, but the quality of my work was at a caliber that led to many compliments from my boss. So, I’m proud to report my project has not gotten me fired.
- I’ve lost weight, oddly enough. I don’t know why that happened, I sure wasn’t trying for that, but it seems a healthy pattern of socialization is good for the body.
- I’ve picked up new books, new skills, and new information from the people I’ve met. I now know how to sew, can enjoy Alan Watts, and have eaten a wacky variety of vegetarian Indian food I would never have though to try, thanks to Renee, Matt, and Cassie, respectively.
- I’ve been able to find out about jobs, which I’ve been able to pass on to new and old friends alike.
- I’ve made more than a few PHENOMENAL friends. One I talk to almost every night, and several that I hang out with regularly. Read more »
Brave Newbie Writers
- No Weekend Left Behind An adventure group dedicated to ensuring that when the work week is done, the weekend lives up to it’s potential.
- The Eskhaton The life and times of Cub, an adventurer I respect blossoming with energy who sucks the marrow out of life.
- This Tumblr Will Change Your Life Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, this is a day-to-day quest very similar to “This Book Will Change Your Life”