Already 2016 is shaping up to be an interesting one. Just 2 weeks ago I returned from a three week vacation to the 🇺🇸 USA. Somehow over the last five years, I've become better acquainted with the USA than my own backyard i.e. Australia. Why do I keep going back people ask? When you're in the exciting stage of planning an overseas trip, the last thing you want to do is find out you can't go here or there because of being in a wheelchair. In America, wheelchair access ♿ is so widely accepted, rarely do I have to worry about missing out or holding my friends and family back from doing anything. That's one reason I keep going back. The second is, there is so much to see!
Our latest adventure included a road trip 🚘 around Southern California, living it up 🍸 in Las Vegasand revisiting old favourites like San Francisco. I don't know if there will ever be a time where I will get sick of this place they call America, but until that moment I hope they'll keep letting me back in 😜
Aside from the fun travel times, 2016 has presented me with a few exciting opportunities and evidently it pays to put yourself out there and take advantage of every opportunity you're given.
The first bit of exciting news is, starting May 17, I'll be facilitating a series of workshops all about the wonderful and understated world of Podcasting 📻. These will be taking place at SLQ's The Edge. You may know that throughout 2015, along with good friend Desmore Nero, I was producer of the Our Definition of Success Podcast and what a learning experience that was. Well, I'll be using all that knowledge to help others develop and record their own podcasts, sharing with them the best ways to do it and ways to avoid. You can read all about my experience and the workshops in a blog post I wrote for The Edge's website.
In terms of production work 🎬, over the last month or so I've been working with the amazingly talented Breanna Roe on pitching a television show about travelling with a disability. We're currently waiting on the results of two submissions so be sure to keep watching this site for that result. Also, just in the last week I've been contacted in regards to coming on board a drama production as a writer. I can't give away any details on the project yet but it is something I'm so passionate about and believe it is the perfect time to be bringing it to life. Again, stay tuned for what will hopefully be great news!
Lastly, I mentioned in a previous blog post that I had been considering returning to university to complete my Masters degree. I finally stopped thinking about it, sent in my application and within a week had my start date! That's right, beginning late July, I'll be returning to student life studying 📚 Creative Production and Arts Management. Am I crazy for putting myself through the stresses all over again? Time will no doubt prove that.
Anyway, that's the latest from me! Keep watching this space for future updates.