Over the years, people have wanted to know how I keep myself busy. “What does an artist/manager filled their days with?” they ask. “Do you have a lot of free time on your hands?”
So I thought I’d keep some notes on a typical day…
Breathing Deep and Giving Thanks – A Day in the life of a Performing Artist-Manager
7:00 – Rise and shine! Breathe deep. Give gratitude for beautiful, sunny day.
7:15 – Feed cat, feed fish. Put on pot of fresh tea. Follow rushing husband around house reviewing events of day.
7:45 – Pour second cup of tea. Breathe deep. Give thanks for living so close to downtown. Busy day.
7:55 – Answer emails that have come in from all over while asleep. Field call from hysterical singer at wrong address for her 8:00 audition. Hauptgasse is two streets over from Hauptstrasse.
8:45 – Shower / dress for day’s meets while organizing dinner schedule. Call and remind husband to pick up microphone receivers for performance tonight.
9:45 – Pour third cup of tea. Breathe deep. Give thanks for godsend iPhone.
10:00 – Fix quick breakfast.
10:05 – Search for mewling cat.
10:15 – Find mewling cat in closet.
10:16 – Hang load of laundry on terrace to dry.
10:27 – Answer unexpected door knock. Walk around with Swiss meter reader staring into dark corners. Make mental note of new places to vacuum.
10:45 – Eat three bites of breakfast while putting on shoes and coat.
10:58 – Review audition with excited singer while standing in tram with loud 2nd grade class. Make mental note to call casting agent for feedback and callback information.
11:04 – Late to meeting with accountant. Give thanks he is Swiss and easy-going. Think of 10 things need to do when meeting done. SMS husband “hugs” while accountant takes another call.
12:35 – Note down 3 things remembered to do. Decide after 20 typos that iPhone is not better than chocolate or sex.
12:45 – Hungry. Forget for moment what meeting is next. Check iPhone, which has now redeemed itself. Field call from daughter about where she can buy molasses in town.
13:02 – Meet with company representative for upcoming event at chic restaurant overlooking Rhein. Thank goodness no rain predicted. Don’t have umbrella.
13:35 – Very hungry. Very nice staff. Very slow staff. Order second tea. Think of 9 things need to remember to do when meeting done.
14:45 – Note down 2 things remembered to do, 1 of which was earlier forgotten item.
14:53 – Good thing have 15:00 hair appointment as rain which wasn’t supposed to arrive has.
15:00 – Breathe deep. Breathe deep. Enjoy scalp massage while hair dresser shares latest exploits concerning feuding customers.
15:55 – Back home. Give thanks that next hour is free.
16:02 – Answer phone call from music director of tonight’s show. Free hour gone with introduction of new song for show. Breathe deep. Moment of panic. Breathe deep.
16:08 – SMS husband change in dinner plans. Indian take out. His treat. Don’t forget papadams.
16:10 – Decide wet laundry will dry again now that the sun has returned.
16:11 – Sing. Ignore ringing phones and mewling cat.
17: 25 – Husband arrives home with Indian, microphone receivers and flowers. Replaces iPhone for most beloved.
17:26 – iPhone back on top: no papadams.
17:45 – Dress and do make-up for performance. Husband relays that the music director called and said would be doing original song. Think of 5 words which shouldn’t be written down.
18:05 – Laundry still wet. Move rack into the kitchen. Remember all 5 above words.
18:15 – Leave with husband for performance venue. Remember 2 things from earlier. Breathe deep. iPhone at home. Give thanks husband driving.
18:35 – Arrive at venue. All other thoughts from day gone. Breathe deep.
18:45 – Dressing room is clean, light and quiet. Give thanks for small mercies. Give thanks again when basket of fresh fruit from music director arrives. Warm up, discuss text with tenor, use bathroom.
19:30 – Sing. This is what it is all about.
20:45 – Intermission. Remember 2 items from earlier to-do list. Push them out of mind. Breathe deep. Feeling tired.
21:00 – Sing. Forget about being tired.
22:30 – Change in dressing room. Wonder if there is time to Facebook when home.
23:00 – Arrive home. Warm bath now calling. Husband fields phone call from daughter about how to remove molasses from shag carpet.
23:15 – Soak. Breathe deep. Give deep thanks for warm water.
23:50 – Remember 4 things from earlier list. Call for husband. Call again. Breathe deep.
00:05 – Dry off and slip into nightgown. Wonder if there is time for Facebook. Decide on bed.
00:15 – Lights out. Breathe deep. Give gratitude for another day.