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7月15日,2021年

加拿大最新的Inuit艺术展览的“Inua”

Carolyn B. Heller文化日

7月15日,2021年

I was taking care of my neighbours instead of the audience, and I was looking out for their budget instead of their evening of entertainment. But, it felt good. I told myself that like doing a show, any day where I promptly answered our property manager\u2019s emails was a good day.\n\nThe Board was a start, but it hardly covered the time I normally spent working on my in-town shows, let alone being on the road. I still faced a lot of days where I couldn't conceive of a reason to exist in the world. I also needed to replace the money I wasn't getting from performing.\n\nSo, I started selling Pok\u00e9mon.\n\nThanks to news-worthy current events such as COVID-19 and civil unrest, you probably missed the story about Pok\u00e9mon cards. I heard, by fluke, how the trend of \u201cripping\u201d (opening) packs on one's Livestream was sending the value of particular sets parabolic. I won't bore you with (or reveal) the details of how I identified a bulk, legal, supply of those sets, but I will tell you that I knew if I sold at market value I stood to double my money. However, it could take up to $10,000 to corner the market\u2014a market some might argue was roughly as solid as dogecoin.\n\nI shrugged and said, \u201cYou gotta catch 'em all.\u201d\n\nIt was a gamble, but with demand outpacing supply, all it took was some Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace ads to become the Walter White of Pok\u00e9mon in my city. In a time when collectors struggled to find 5-packs at retail, I'd show up to sales with Ziploc baggies filled with hundreds of cards at reasonable prices. Their eyes bulged, as if I actually held pocket monsters with elemental powers in my hands. By my third week selling I met a customer who already knew me by reputation.\n\n\u201cYou sold to Tony's crew didn't you?\u201d he said, his eyes locked onto the $500 of product I was unloading onto his centre console. \u201cI knew it, man... because when I saw those Ziploc baggies... I thought, 'this is the guy'...\u201d I'd become Heisenberg, the man with the Blue Ziplocs.\n\nIt took work; negotiating and selling the packs, sometimes $20 at a time, sometimes $2,500. It took three months of hustling only to reach break-even. I didn't mind. To quote Bryan Cranston's character: I liked it. I was good at it. Ringing the bell at the Pok\u00e9mon-sales office felt almost as good as doing a set. Ok, it didn't feel nearly as \u201cgood\u201d, but it did feel as \u201cpurposeful\u201d. The hustle to find enough stage time is the same that got me out of bed at 6:00 am to drive across the city to close a huge sale (I learned quickly that you meet when the customer wants to, otherwise they might come to their senses).\n\nPre-COVID, I ran a regular show at the same address since April 2010. I'm the second longest-running stand-up show and host in Canada (the first being Calgary's Comedy Mondays started by legendary James Moore). In 2018, I started bringing in headliners to do the room and expanded from Thursday nights to weekend shows.\n\nIt was something I took on spontaneously, but it started me on a path. Most comics hate producing or are bad at it (often both). I knew I'd rather run my own show, the way I thought it should be run, than wait around for someone to offer me stage time at a strip club at 5:00 pm (actually not the worst gig I did early on). I'd show up early every week to set up the room which was normally configured for music; moving 52 chairs, 12 tables, lighting candles and setting the lights to get the right ambience. I'd give my all to warming up the crowd at the start of every show, and after acts sometimes bombed. The comedy gods rewarded me with full audiences that appreciated the comedy club feel.\n\nThanks to producing my own show, I was very privileged to have an outlet where I could always invest my time and feel like I had a purpose. The downside of getting to focus only on comedy for the last decade is I only ever focused on comedy.\n\nBetween March 2020 and March 2021, I realized I don't have a purpose; one thing I'm meant to do. I choose a new purpose every day\u2014a goal or action I\u2019m going to make happen through deliberate, purposeful effort. Ideally that purpose is getting in front of crowds, but it doesn't have to be. I'm a great Board member. I like making things happen and looking out for the interest of the group. And, I like finding an angle and hustling as I did with the Pok\u00e9mon. \n\n![Green performing stand-up on stage. Photo courtesy of the author.](assets\/National\/blog\/repurpose\/mike-chucks2-1_qaROg4.jpg)\n\nWhen I get back to stand-up, I don't expect to stop doing either of those things. I see the opportunity to bring all these skills together: I want to run stand-up classes and workshops on how to produce shows so I can help new comics in my city the same way I took on responsibility and cared for everyone in my building. \n\nThe Pok\u00e9mon hustle showed me what happens when I fully commit, and made me think about the way I was approaching comedy. I was often going half way; bringing in a headliner for 2 nights of shows instead of 5, or occasionally posting short clips instead of consistently producing regular online content. If I can bet on myself the same way I did when I cornered the market I'll be excited to see how my stand-up evolves (ideally from a Charmeleon to a Charizard).\n\nIf you're an artist who feels like you lost your identity because COVID-19 took away your ability to perform as you normally would, look at it as an opportunity to reimagine your craft and engage with your audience\u2014perhaps even a new crowd or community\u2014in a different way. You don't need to _serve one purpose_, but rather use everything you\u2019ve got and everything you do to _create on purpose_.\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagine\u2014How the Disability Community Accesses the Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts) by Rachel Marks\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [Curating _INUA_, Canada\u2019s newest Inuit art exhibit](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/curating-inua) by Carolyn B. 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