So everybody is making lists and fake lists and all sorts of things for this year end. I am going to go emotional here…
- Year of dreams come true
Dreams I didn’t even know I had. I started the series Improv dreams, and had to stop because things were going so fast… they culminated with an incredible show I co-hosted over Thanksgiving weekend with Kevin Mullaney and where I was on stage with Kevin, Ashley Ward, Kurt Braunohler, Becky Drysdale, Jodi Lennon, Kevin Hines, and Jed Lesnik. It was an incredible night for me! I also joined an all Asian improvisers team, InvAsian, and moved Pou & Nic to the PIT for a regular spot. I performed at the UCB on a regular basis, and even hosted the Soul Glo Project a couple of weeks ago. I made some amazing friends in the improv and comedy community, and started musical improv, which is challenging me intellectually and physically (gotta open that diaphragm!) every time I step on stage. It was also a sad year because I had to break up with some of my teams due to my lack of time. I still love everyone I played with this year - it was overall a great experience.
- Year of becoming more involved with women issues
My post about the ASSSSCAT show at DCM 13 generated some buzz I didn’t expect. It was a strange experience to be thrown into the spotlight for something I wrote about living in a rape culture. I mostly had a lot of support, and a couple of detractors that were pretty verbally abusive. The bottom line is, we do live in a rape culture. I became more aware of women’s frustrations in the world of comedy through the many emails I received. It was also the year Bridesmaids was released, so overall, a good year for women in comedy. But the struggle / the battle goes on. We are still far from the parity that needs to happen in the world of comedy. We still hear that women are not funny, or are less funny than men (the response I receive when I ask about parity is: “we simply took the best, without looking at the gender” which effectively means that women are not funny). In 2012, I will take this involvement in women in comedy’s issues one step further. Stay tuned.
- Year of health issues
This year, I went through a lot of health related issues. Some I am not ready to share yet, some involving a big cancer scare over the summer. All I have to say is: perform those self examinations people! Ladies, on your breasts. Gentlemen, on your breasts (YES men DO get breast cancer) and on your testicles. Because shit happens, and when it does, it hits you hard. Fortunately, this time (like last time - because it has happened to me before) it was again a false alarm. But for how long? My father, aunt and grandmother all died of cancer. Who knows if I have the gene or not? It took me some time to process this time - it was a pretty big scare (as in huge lumps in my breasts) - but now, I am back to living my life at 100%: committed, passionate about everything I do. Never mediocre. Get checked. Please.
- Year of family issues
My mother has been sick for a while. She has a hyperactive thyroid. For those of you who don’t know, this is the bad kind of thyroid issue: creates heart disease, eye and vision problems, blood pressure issues, and can ultimately shut down your entire system from over-activity. It’s been hard to deal with from so far away. It started right after my father died. We are still dealing with it.
- Year of becoming a permanent resident of the U.S. of A.
My work visa was ending on Dec. 31 2011, and for a while, I thought I was going to be deported. I had plan B, and C, etc. etc. for my career, for my repatriation, all figured out, but I couldn’t settle down. My Green Card came through on December 29, 2011. Yes, these things happen. So I need new goals now, and a new plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. And now, I can settle down, imagine a career in comedy in the US, and finally start dating again. I mean, being serious about dating again, because in the last few years, I’ve only been in very shallow “relationships” (half ass stuff - which I don’t like; I like to do things 100%). Now, I can allow myself to fall in love again!
That’s it. Thank you 2011. You’ve been good to me. I welcome 2012, which is going to be even better.
Also, I will try for fewer typos in 2012 - it’s hard when you’re dyslexic. I’ll try though! Promise!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!