07 October 2014
I've been thinking a lot about the idea of 'getting lucky' (in the superstitious – not biblical – way). I think it has a lot to do with how much of the reading about business I've been doing, boils down to "luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and that's how you succeed" kind of philosophy.
Though I may be paraphrasing slightly.
But in a time of crisis I'll take any pithy slogan I can get my hands on, and cling to it like a life preserver. Or, when things are good, like now, I'll try and show some gratitude to the universe for any positive outcomes, while simultaneously diverting some of that credit back onto myself. After all, I couldn't have gotten lucky if I wasn't so prepared, right?
And so far, it seems to be working.
at 4:36 pm Posted by Ryan Millar
18 September 2014
|Design from Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders|
My favourite jeans have a pronounced wallet fade, and a hole in the pocket that's been resewn almost a dozen times. They look great. They look, and feel, distinctly mine.
The longer I have a notebook, the more I like it; pages get bent, the stickers on the cover peel, it gets that lived in look and feel.
I love that look. And feel.
at 3:38 pm Posted by Ryan Millar
09 September 2014
I feel like I've been relatively on hiatus from my 'normal' life, as I get settled into some writing work and the rhythms of the more-or-less regularly employed.
And so far it's been pretty decent. I ride my bike most days through the park to the office, eat lunch with my
colleagues, and cultivate my appreciation for fine spirits. It sounds not too bad, and it isn't at all.
at 3:31 pm Posted by Ryan Millar
22 August 2014
Practice makes perfect – in theory.
Or perfect practice makes better, according to my high school volleyball coach. But in both versions of this peptalk, there is a direct correlation between practice and improvement (or hours of practice and level of achievement).
at 2:57 pm Posted by Ryan Millar
15 August 2014
An idea formed in my mind some months ago: a sneaky return to the Edinburgh Fringe. Not an actual run, but a couple performances, a few guest spots, some visiting with friends and seeing a few shows I'd been keen to watch.
Well, it happened. A few days of delightful delights and enjoyable running to and fro.
at 12:35 pm Posted by Ryan Millar
03 August 2014
We're over the halfway point of the second calendar year of my Amsterdam Programme.
That 'programme' is sort of generally my life here: working as a creative freelancer, and pursuing writing and performing professionally. It's been going really well. i'm writing lots, have been traveling quite a bit, had the opportunity to develop a couple of new shows, and produce some comedy and storytelling events. It's actually even worked out to be reasonably – though not wildly – financially successful.
So, yeah. Pretty good. But what's the next step?
at 12:20 am Posted by Ryan Millar
28 July 2014
|Fields of flowers at sunset can be so relaxing|
I've learned a few things along the way, which seems like really the minimum one can do when embarking on a new venture. So I've made a list of some of these things that I think might be helpful for others.
They apply specifically to me and what I've been doing – which is writing websites and corporate film scripts, performing and teaching improv comedy, producing and hosting storytelling and comedy events, and a smattering of acting and voiceover work. But they are – well, if not universal, at least extrapolatable. Which is only theoretically a word, but most certainly a concept.
Hopefully they'll be useful for you.
at 11:31 am Posted by Ryan Millar
25 July 2014
|For two shows only, I'll be at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe|
I'm pleased to announce, more or less more officially (I'm pretty sure a blogpost qualifies as an official channel), that I'll be back in Edinburgh for the Fringe 2014. And not as a visitor – although there are about 300 shows I want to see – I'll be back doing a very limited run (two shows) of The Pitch.
Or, as it's known in the PBH Free Fringe programme: Ryan Millar in The Pitch!
at 9:16 am Posted by Ryan Millar