This past few weeks have been good. I’m having a summer of love. I’m getting to do the things I couldn’t before because of rigid work schedules and trying new things and seeing where they take me…and having fun with it. Did I escape to an island paradise?? Hardly. This is me at The Page Museum, which is free the first Tuesday of the month. I’ll get into that more in a bit, but first, let’s get on to what I’ve been doing with the bulk of my time.
Yes, with free time, creativity can blossom. And it can take many forms! Most obviously, my new freedom has allowed me to return to the things I love, like improv, writing and acting. Of course the budget of late is nill, but through the generosity of Chris Berube, I’ve still been able to further myself at Next Stage www.berubians.com.
It’s a world unto itself, as Chris provides free Improv workshops on Monday nights at 8pm. He also has some writing group people can attend by invitation. I’ve been blessed to somehow get in on the writing group, as well as getting cast in one of his many plays.
I’m currently in Happily Whatever After, and loving every minute of it! I play Ariel, Sleeping Beauty and an Evil Step-Sister in the satirical comedy based on the original Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales. This week is the last 9:30 show for me, afterwards, I’ll be in the 8pm show for those who like an early evening.
As I mentioned in the last edition, I’ve wanted to make a go of the Tarot Reading business. To that end, I decided to step up my game. That’s right, I schlepped over to Santa Monica’s Dept of Finance, and got a permit. Well, they consider it to be a performance permit, but you an I know better. So, a-busking we will go!
You should learn from my trials, so just as an FYI, no permits are required in parks. And that grassy area in from to Santa Monica Beach is Palisades…PARK. But the 3rd Street Promenade has Embassadors who check on you, and offers more of a safe family feel. So if I can get a spot-and believe me the spots are heavily regulated, and require a fair amount of jockeying to secure-No FATE TAROT will be there…or Palisades Park…or at home operating via Facetime, phone or No Fate’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NatashaMystikTarot . The point is, it’s poppin’!
What else does a business need? You guessed it! A website, and business cards. So with the newly created wix.com, and the longstanding Vistaprint, I was able to get both-for free! Wix.com allows you to create your website absolutely free (with opps to upgrade & buy your domaine-of course); and Vistaprint provides free business cards-you just pay the postage (or upgrade if you need a fancier template). So checka checka check it out! http://nofatetarot.wix.com/no-fate-tarot
But sometimes, as Julia Cameron, creator of The Artists’ Way would tell us, you have to feed your inner artist. That’s where The Page Museum comes in. Loved it! The pics at the beginning of the post, are from the outdoor area.
Inside was surprisingly interesting. It’s hard to believe, but this land has changed so much from what it once was.
Just imagine walking around with your friendly Saber Toothed Tiger!
These folks probably had an idea of what that was like.
The Page Museum offers pics with the dinosaurs for $25 – $45. Ever the Frugal Ho, I got a pic my own way.
The most important aspect of the trip was the story of George C. Page. He came to LA with $2.30 in his pocket at the age of 16, because his teacher gave him some fruit from here, and he wanted to live where it grew. (I’ll tell that to folks who fault me for moving to LA to pursue acting!) From there he had a great story, creating a fruit packaging business, after getting complimented on the fruit baskets he mailed home to family and friends. The story really inspired me to move forward with my own tarot business.
The Page Museum is right next to LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and I saw both. I made the mistake of paying full admission once, and I don’t plan on doing that ever again. The museum is actually free after 3pm to residents of LA County every day with liberal proof of residence (like a bill & photo ID).
Then again, Target sponsors free holiday Mondays throughout the year. So next holiday weekend, pick a museum and enjoy.
I like renaming art. I call this one, “Busted”.
I call this next one: “Bills”
And the next. “Welcome to the Americas!”
There’s more sculpture at The B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden. To think I passed by this several times a week commuting for work without stopping in to appreciate it.
I call this one “Jilted Lover”.
There’s so much to do and see. Thanks for checking it out with me! Till next month, stay frugal-never cheap,and keep bangin’!