Rainy Days and Mondays


©2015 Paul Jenny

I’m a big fan of petrichor, that smell of rain after a period of dry weather. I also like Mondays. They are the beginning of a week filled with so many possibilities. So, rainy Mondays are something I’m particularly fond of, especially this Monday.

It’s quiet here in upstate New York and I’m getting some good work done today. I’m working as a full-time creative. It’s an opportunity that I’m grateful for.

My schedule feels a bit overwhelming now. I have four scripts to memorize as an actor, two for stage, two for film. I’m working on promoting my children’s book, “Thank You, Bear!” for Earth Day (It’s FREE April 20, 21, 22. Please download and leave a review!) and I’m finishing up another picture book, “Silly Animals Saying Silly Things” and trying to get the drawings done.

I’m about to teach a six-week adult acting class with eleven students and I’m gathering my materials in order to give them the best possible experience. There’s a lot of material to cover in six weeks. They’ll even get to perform for some casting directors at the end of the class.

I’m also starting a new business with my wife producing voiceover demos for actors and I’m opening in a musical this week after only a week-and-a-half of rehearsal. It’s the first time I’m doing a musical since getting out of a big Broadway touring company nine years ago. I was a little burned out by that experience and vowed not to do a musical for a long time. (That’s a story for another blog post.)

But this musical is so universally appealing that I gave in and auditioned. I’m glad I did. I love a good a challenge and trying to stage a musical in a week-and-a-half brings me back to my days as a young actor doing Summer Stock. We’d rehearse one musical in a week-and-a-half, open that musical, then rehearse another one during the day and perform at night, then when that one was open, we’d do it one more time. Three musicals in a row. I thought I’d never learn all the music, lines and choreography, but I did. I survived. Thrived even. The shows were popular and the producers made money. It was a great experience that helped me grow as a young performer. I’m grateful to have that opportunity again. Who knows? I might just do another musical after this one.

So here I am, on a rainy Monday in upstate New York, acting, singing, drawing, writing, filmmaking and blogging. I can’t wait to see what the week brings. Thank you for sharing in my journey. Please tell me what you are looking forward to this week.

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