More gigs, time for another post. Ok, I just started 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' at the Circle Theater in Forest Park, IL. I got this gig from the 'Monday Night New Voices Chicago' thing I played for. The MNNVC was a freebie showcase and GPB is an actual run. Same music director. This kind of networking is the bulk of why I'm willing to do certain showcases as freebies-I look at them as networking events more so than performances. GPB is a non-equity, semiprofessional theater. We open on Wednesday the 19th and go until Feb 1st-playing shows Friday thru Sunday. We're also doing the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade. Thus far I've enjoyed it, it's a different set of personalities from what I've grown accustomed to, but I am still learning a lot. I've also signed on to do 2 more shows after this. I've signed on to do 'Evita' at/with Theo Ubique [I think the space is called No Exit Cafe-not sure] which is maybe 3 blocks from my apartment and then 'Sundays in the Park with George' in Des Plaines. Both of these I got because the Piano Player/Music Director from 'My Fair Lady', 'Damn Yankees', and well-he's also the piano player in my trio. 'Evita' runs March 9th thru April 19th and then 'Sundays in the Park with George' runs April into May if memory serves correctly. 'Evita' will be a change for me-it's all electric and the last electric show I did was 'High School Musical' in July. An overall update with the Green Mill/Poetry Slam gig. Marc liked us a lot. We did 3 weekends in a row [tonight was our last]. He's going to keep us in the rotation-so we'll see when the next bunch is. The only thing I'm concerned with is the timing of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' needs to be consistent or else I'll risk being late to that gig. It takes about 1hr 15mins to get from the theater w/GPB to the Green Mill. I need to be at the Mill by 6:30 to get setup...GPB starts at 3 and runs a bit over 2 hours. There's not a whole lot of wiggle room with timing on the long end for me. This is something that I will be able to figure out better once GPB has a few more shows and we get into a groove. If I can do both, I will. The other thing is-we don't have any more Slam dates scheduled so, I can deal with this when it comes up. Not sure if I told you guys this goal or not, I wanted to be booked through May by New Years. I achieved this. I even booked a New Years Eve gig playing a showcase. Activity breeds Activity. Patrick Holland said to me 'If you get in well with a music director they'll start to use you a lot-comfortable combos work together regularly'. This same thing was said by Jeffrey Gitomer in his Little Book Series [thinking of the Little Black Book of Connections/Networking right now] "All things being equal, people will do business with their friends....All things being not so equal, people will STILL do business with their friends." That goes all the way around. When I was asked to put together a trio for the Slam gig, the guys I used are ones that I'm comfortable with. Drums-was Scott Hirtenstein, the guy who plays with The Weird Sisters. In other words, he was who I played with initially at the Slam, so when the opportunity came, I wanted him to be in my group. Just happens to be he's not only a great guy, but perfectly suited for this type of gig. Ryan Brewster the piano/music director who I've been working with-I was recommended to him by Bonnie Shadrake and from that recommendation-we've done 2 shows together, have 2 more on the books, and I used him for my trio. All of that because we get along. I owe Bonnie Shadrake a huge debt of gratitude. 95% of the work I do now has stemmed from her recommending me and it taking off. The Green Mill/Poetry Slam gig came from her having me sub in when her bassist wasn't available. To think, I went to school for jazz and I made the best connections with the theater department people. I worked with Bonnie on the school shows while I was there and we hit it off. What I'm getting at with mentioning Bonnie is-behold the power of mentors. Find people that are doing what you want to do, talk to them-make friends, but don't expect something for nothing. Read Jeffrey Gitomer's 'The Little Black Book of Connections' to see what I mean. He covers how to communicate with important connections without schmoozing or well-begging. all the best.