Blast from the Past

23 01 2009

Feel a bit like a student on an all nighter. Discovered this perfect fund for us, and have been chipping away at the application form ever since. It’s a big boy, and I don’t want to discuss it in too much depth in case I get too excited and start making plans like we’ve already got it. Which we haven’t. The deadline is tomorrow at noon. have pulled a couple of late nights with the wife to get it done, but we’re sort of confident now. Sort of. You never can tell, and here is why:

The Things I’m Learning About Funding

– Funders are not always clear about their priorities, and if you guess you may guess wrong

– Even if you pitch perfectly they may already have someone else in mind, and you may not get it

– Be as focused as possible, do not stray from their criteria

– Back up everything you say with statistics from the area your project will take place

– Stay positive, take feedback on board and keep at it

Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated when faced with the challenges of applying for funding, but strangely enough I feel more comfortable applying for the big funds than the small ones. Maybe this is because the amount of funding awarded justifies the time spent on them, whereas small funds for £500 feel a little bit flippant especially when you have to jump through so many hoops to get it.

Anyway, enough negativity. Bed time. Work tomorrow. More funding, more applications, but for Bulb Roots this time. It is really exciting times.

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Happy New January

13 01 2009

It’s half way through but January is still a bit shiny and new. Many things have been happening, as ever. I am quite tired but going to Hub cinema with Boycie later so will try and perk up.

The year started with a bang in Firebug with some lovely people and since then I have (in bullet point format so as not to bore anyone who probably isn’t reading this):

  • Been to the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Orientation Camp and made a wicked film about it
  • Been working for Pedestrian Arts (as always) and setting up many, many projects for the new year
  • Working for Bulb Studios setting up projects and filming things
  • Training for dancing and generally sorting my body out. It is still adapting to my *new* diet (not vegan, I don’t like the label but generally no meat or dairy. Haha. Not vegan!)

Why is it whenever I say I’m vegan (not that I am you understand) people look at me like “I’m so sorry” as if I’ve just told them someone’s died? It makes me laugh internally on a daily basis.

Dancing is hot. Ever since that gig in Bristol I really think we could get on this, so I am going to start advertising us as a duo I reckon. Let’s see what happens.

Looking forward to the belated Christmas meal with my back south girls. The theme is Rabbie Burns night and we all have to buy eachother something tartan. It’s going to be ace I’ve ordered 4 (yes 4) vegetarian haggis for the event and am going to buy some fireworks to let off after dinner. Like after dinner mints but more explosive and slightly more likely to blow your face off. Unless you’re eating XXX mints.

Going to make my Mum a birthday card. Happy birthday for Thursday Mum. Expect something fun in the post.





Chaps

13 12 2008

I am going to be one giant mince pie carob raisin hybrid monster. Must stop eating other people’s Christmas presents.





Cracked It

1 11 2008

After blasting out almost four hours on the pole today, I’ve cracked it. The move that is one of the cornerstones of my routine and has been on my mind since the girls were at the studio in Barrow. It’s the best feeling, and I’ve got to hold on to it and build my muscle memory around it. A big weight has been lifted, a bit like when my CRB came through after four months of waiting.

Relief.





Two thirds of the way there

21 10 2008

Pedestrian have given me the day off today, partly because I need to recover and partly because I wasn’t even vaguely human yesterday it was more like having one of the living dead in the studio. I was still working, but very slowly, I would even say glacier pace. But after 12 hours sleep, a massive bowl of porridge and sunshine through my window I feel a bit better. I still can’t believe everything everyone’s been working so hard on is now over. However, I was chatting to Danny Byrd, Jungle Drummer and DJ Fu and they have all offered to do workshops for Pedestrian at a later date which is cool if I can actually pin them down. I hope so, they were all alright chaps once they knew what Pedestrian were about.

Also, massive thanks to Josh, Ski, Sam, Mat, Jim, Mick, Stu, and everyone else who has helped flyer, poster, promote, bought raffle tickets and generally gave Pedestrian some love. Without you chaps this event would never have happened. It’s been emotional times.





The Party Aftermath

19 10 2008

It’s been absolutely mad this weekend. We’ve been working for three months solid preparing for this weekend, and now it’s over. I still can’t believe it.

The BIG Pedestrian Party went really well, and staying sober was the best decision I could have made in order to keep it running smoothly! Event management is tough, I appreciate the people who do it as I couldn’t shake the nervousness in my stomach  that seemed to flutter throughout the entire event.

The artists were brilliant, 4hero rocked it as did No Fakin’ DJs and Danny Byrd. It was a good celebration of 10 years of Pedestrian’s history.

Party photos

4Hero rocking their set at the Pedestrian Party


4Hero


Danny Byrd


Pure Phase


Biscuit Tin Sound System


The Merchandise Stand





BPM and Party Pimping

28 09 2008

Gearing up for The BIG Pedestrian Party and BPM (which happen to be on the same weekend) and have been talking to quite a few people about prizes for the raffle. The Pedestrian tutors and I had such a wicked time at PLASA a couple of weeks ago and thanks to their knowledge (or geekiness 😉 ) quite a few manufacturers are sponsoring both the BIG Pedestrian Party and the competitor goody bags at BPM! Hard to Find Records have donated a Urei mixer for both events, and Shure have sent a load of wonderful promo gifts, headphones, mics, and the kitchen sink. There are a couple more that are unconfirmed so far but I’m working it 😉