My Second Job

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So dumb that I wasted the last 10 minutes looking for Free images I can use on this blog. (Update: I found two images from pixabay.com) No matter, the content right now is what matters. Plus, I’m not really writing this blog for others… which doesn’t really make sense.

At any rate, I’ve been doing pretty good at submitting lately. It just appears more to be more of a mission to USE the degree that I earned and paid for!

Since Jan of 2016, I’ve submitted to:

  • 11 Theatre Companies/Festivals
  • 4 Pass
  • 6 Pending

A couple more waiting to be snail-mailed out…

But the more important thing is that I’M DOING IT! I’m finally devoting the time to forward my career as a playwright. I’m not waiting for friends to put on a play. I’m not waiting around and just praying that something happens. I need to do this! And it’s tiring. But it’s something for me, damn it!

Why now? Why did it take me a whole year after graduating with my MFA to finally take this step. The easy answer is Life Happened. Going back to school put such a burden on my family financially. So, practically speaking, I’ve been getting myself back into a good position financially. And I’m really thankful for being able to do so. I’m working many more hours than I thought I would be at this job, but I can’t complain. But because I work so much at the job that pays me, this transitional year has left me so mentally tired to have any of that that spare time to focus on my second job of being a PLAYWRIGHT!

I think it’s more coincidental that this latest internal push comes at a time with my first anniversary of getting my MFA. Seeing all these graduation photos on FB has got me like, “okay, now it’s my turn to make my degree work for me… a year after I earned it. lol.”

So that’s where I am. I’ve created a smashing 2016 Play Submission Google Sheet which will be a work in progress. I just added two more columns to the existing nine:

  • Date Submitted
  • Company
  • Show / Publication
  • Full-Length / Short
  • Play Name
  • Website
  • Email Submitted To
  • Fee
  • Learn Opp From?
    • Play Submission Helper
    • Playwrights Binge Yahoo! Group
    • Official Playwrights of Facebook Group
    • NYC Playwrights
    • Other
  • Confirm Receipt / Date
  • Hit / Pass (Date)

Whew! That’s a lot of rows for a spreadsheet. I’ll most likely reconfigure this sheet as time passes.

You never make any of the shots you never take. Keep shooting. And shoot often.

Go Dubs!

Article by Conrad

Conrad’s a San Francisco Bay Area Playwright. He loves long walks upon the concrete and rainy days. Aside from writing words for actors to regurgitate into an audience’s ears and eyes, he loves sports, 90’s R&B, and learning.

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