We got up before 6am to head back home to Seattle from San Francisco—a 14 hour trek. We knew it was going to be a long and difficult drive but we were determined to make it. We stopped in Portland, OR for an hour around 6pm so that the traffic could trim down, and then started again—making it to Seattle just before 10pm. After over three weeks of sun, we were welcomed home—exhausted—to a showery rain… Ah, good-ole Seattle. We missed you!
Today, we got off to an early and fast start—making to downtown early. We hit up the SF Symphony, Opera, and Ballet venues—quite large and wonderfully designed. We stayed focus throughout the day so that we could head back home early tomorrow morning.
We ended the night celebrating with our new performer friends at Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood, CA—Lynn Ruth Miller was headlining with Heather Klein and Alan Schneider as the openers. We had dinner with the three before their comedy/singing acts and had some lively conversations. We really appreciated our time with them all and would like to thank Lynn Ruth, Heather, and Alan for the good times.
We started the day by visiting our new comedian friend, Lynn Ruth Miller (www.lynnruthmiller.com), whom we met yesterday at her house so that we could assist her registering and adding events on www.eventsfy.com. She is quite interesting and entertaining—at age 79 she is doing stand-up comedy shows four to five times a week!! Amazing how vibrant and sharp her mind is at her young age of 79.
After visiting our new friend, we headed off to downtown San Francisco to visit many venue directors/managers. We initially got off to a late and slow start with our marketing, but eventually ended the day strong by visiting almost 20 venues around the city. From our video, you can see that we were serious and focused the entire day.
We ended the night at Rassales Jazz Club on the inundated “cultural” Fillmore Street—listening and then later talking with the highly talented jazz musicians Rodney Byrd & Co. (see video for footage).
Today consisted of our first day off to relax and enjoy San Francisco. The highlight of the day was most definitely “Bush Man,” who hones his craft almost everyday at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. “Bush Man” hides behind a garbage can and his own bush branches that he brings to the street, and then scares the passer-byers. We were watching the “Bush Man” work the streets for an hour while having lunch and we were entertained the entire time. See video for footage of “Bush Man.”
Yesterday, we settled into an RV park in Pacifica, California right next to San Francisco. Today was supposed to be an uneventful day of hours upon hours of administrative work, yet the day turned out much more interesting. After putting in a good 12 hours of tedious behind-the-scenes work, the coffee shop—Chit Chat—that we were working at, unbeknownst to us, became an impromptu comedy show that presented both aspiring and established artists led by ring-leader Lynn Ruth Miller (79 years old!). See Lynn Ruth Miller on Britain’s Got Talent at http://youtu.be/Wze9Wd_Jp2U
I watched the comedians hone their craft in front of a smaller yet intimate crowd. Afterwards, the comedians sat down to discuss ways to improve their approach at their next show and we were fortunate to get an interview and exchange contacts.
Today, we left the LA area for San Francisco. In an attempt to save money, the past two nights we stayed on the side of the streets avoiding the RV parks nightly costs. We were definitely due for another RV hook up at the RV parks, so that we could fill up on water, charge up devices, and flush out any unwanted build up…
Driving on the California Freeway/Highway System from LA to San Fran had to be the worst driving experience we’ve had with the RV—newly named Shrek. The roads are so poorly taken care of that we are quite sure we blew a shock or two. Good grief…when people always say California is bankrupt, this is a tell-tale sign of the repercussions of how a great state deteriorates.
After a very rough trek, we made it into Pacifica’s RV Park (next to San Fran) and settled in.
Today, we embarked on a very ambitious agenda—visiting over 25 venues around Los Angeles. We realized going later in the day was more successful, but this required our having to be ever-more efficient since the workday has been condensed.
You really don’t understand how many Art venues/theatres there are until you seek them out—LA area has a plethora of them (and they’re very sprawled out!). We spent a good amount of time in Hollywood—repeating endlessly the Pretty Woman quote “Welcome to Hollywood where everybody’s got a dream—HEY Mister, What’s Your Dream?!”
We fell short of finishing our list by two venues, but we still felt satisfied with what we accomplished. After a very tiring day, we had a nice dinner with Moses’s cousin and her boyfriend—Christina and Theo—at a solid Thai restaurant.
After a good 15 hours sleep from last night, we ventured off to the LA beach area—starting in Manhattan Beach and ending in Santa Monica—visiting nearly 25 venues. Through this trip, we’ve found greater success with connecting with venue directors later in the day—after 1pm. Many of the venues have late shows; therefore, coming in early isn’t a priority for some.
We had good conversations with many individuals in charge of their respective venues. Our favorite stop for the day was at the Highways Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. The place is an intimate venue for experiencing new, innovative works of music, theatre, and art. Leo Garcia, the artistic director, gave us a personal tour and we very much appreciated it.
At the end of the day, we were able to meet up with a great friend, Dan Miller, and had a few good laughs…
Last night on our walk home back to the RV—parked right on the city streets—Moses went to buy some water at the store and I continued the walk to the RV with the RV key in my pocket. However, I somehow got lost on the journey back to the mobile motel; meanwhile, Moses was left in front of the RV—locked out. After 20 minutes waiting for my arrival with the key, Moses got impatient and made some aerobatic attempts to climb through the window—finally, achieving success at the expense of some bruised up knees.
We woke up several times in the night to some street construction—probably a jackhammer—and then ventured off to the San Diego beach area to visit more venues. We visited The Comedy Store—the longest running show in San Diego—and then ended the night at Winstons watching a comedy show competition. The show was entertaining and funny—we spoke with one of the comedians, Dawn B, and she was a riot.
We parked the RV along the street by the beach and we’re woken to a clinically insane (literally) lady banging on the RV. I confronted her outside and divulged my dislike of her banging on the RV. She said she was wondering who we were and that she is a drummer…I realized now that she was just trying to show us her talent…
There was a police officer driving by and he stopped as I explained what was happening. He told me he could take the lady to the insane asylum but he preferred not to—apparently, this is a common scene with this lady. He told me she was harmless and I agreed not to have him take her away.
Election Day… Today, we briefly stopped by a Printing Shop on the San Diego State University campus to print a recently taken photo of us in front of the RV to hand out to the venue directors so that we hope to differentiate ourselves from others—photo above. After getting our picture printed, we realized the vast traffic of college students going to class. We felt compelled to illegally park our RV in the middle of the heavy foot traffic to hand out fliers and promote Eventsfy—place was a gold mine. College students were quite receptive and engaged with what we were doing.
Later, we visited many venues in the San Diego and had many encouraging conversations and contacts. We ended the night at Croce’s Jazz Club—where the manager got us in for free. We watched and spoke with the Jazz singer/artist Steph Johnson, who thoroughly entertained us. Until tomorrow…
Administrative day in sunny San Diego – we took the clean and impressive San Diego Trolley from our RV Park to downtown. We found a gem coffee house—Lion Coffee—which had a dozen choices for coffee. We followed up with the many places we visited in the Phoenix area and then headed back to our rig to watch Monday Night Football. However, we ran into some major difficulties on the way back. The public transportation (SD Trolley) that we were so impressed with broke down—causing an over two-hour trek back to our RV Park. Needless to say, our newly high opinions of public transportation dissipated…
We stayed in Arizona for another day so that we could visit several more venues in the Phoenix area—Scottsdale, Mesa, and Tempe. We found quite a bit more success with the many smaller venues for Live Arts as opposed to the very large well-known venues. We also visited the Mesa Arts Center where a Youth Festival was going on and were able to hand out many fliers to the attendees—they are definitely one 0f our target markets.
We embarked on an ambitious day of activity—meeting with 15 different venue directors in the heart of Phoenix. Before exploring Phoenix, we just never knew how large the Live Arts community was. There were about ten Live Arts venues within a miles radius.
With an ample amount of assertiveness, we bypassed many of the gatekeepers to the venue directors. However, sometimes we weren’t successful and had to settle for only a business card—which, of course, we will follow up.
Moses and I had many differing strategies with our approach to the venue directors—many times leading to lively debates between us with no one else there to resolve which course to pursue…eventually, Moses and I built some compromises with our approach and we continue to try to refine our strategy.
After the long and productive day making contacts, we headed back to the Great Desert Edge RV Park.
I had a miserable night sleeping—battling food-sickness from yesterday’s cheeseburger. In any case, I kept on keeping on… After waking up from all the truckers parked next to us at our hastily makeshift sleeping arrangements (basically, a open dirt area that truckers stop to sleep), we finished the remaining two hours to Phoenix to settle in at the Desert Edge RV Park.
Upon arriving, we quickly freshened up at the RV-Park’s amenities and then headed off to do some work at a local coffee shop next to the US Airways Arena so that we could market to the crowd heading there later that evening for the First Phoenix Sun’s game of the season.
Quite surprisingly, the Phoenix Sun’s crowd was fairly sparse for the game-opener. But, in any case, we handed out and spoke with many people. We even met a character and talented musician—George—next to the Arena playing his guitar and singing. He will undoubtedly be promoting his events on our website. Good luck George!
Today we spent the majority of the day driving. We got off to a fairly early start in Salt Lake but struggled to make the 15-hour trek to Phoenix—settling at a small town in Arizona called Kingman. David had a battle with a fast-food-chain cheeseburger and lost. Due to stomach issues and just being tired from driving, we spent the night at a truck stop on the side of the freeway.
Yesterday, we saw a lot of action as we went around SLC and passed out flyers to the local theaters and hotels. We decided to make today a work-from-home day. The first thing we did was follow up with various venue directors that we left brochures for the day before. We emailed each of the venue directors and explained who we are and sent them a link of their venue that we had created on Eventsfy.
Many venue directors wrote back to us and expressed their interest in Eventsfy. After a morning filled with email exchanges, we drove to the University of Utah to meet with the arts department director. We ended the night at a local sports restaurant called Maxell to watch Monday Night Football and had great service from Jill and Kirsten—however, we must admit, we were the only customers in the joint by 9pm.
This trip is a trial & error process – we try and we have many errors… But – and this is the most important point – we still try. Our motto is adapting and progress. If we improvise to the many challenges we face, we adapt; if we make any inroads with anyone, we make progress. As David Spade’s “Joe Dirt” Character would say, “we keep on keeping on!”
We got up this moring and embarked on visiting the many Art Venues in Salt Lake City, Utah. We drove the mobile billboard (this would be the RV) to the city center; parked; unhitched the scooter; and then rallied off to the various venues to talk with venue directors – Moses on foot and I on the scooter.
So I got my hot-rod harley (actual an inexpensively bought scooter over the internet) down from the hitch on the RV, placed my iPhone in the make-shirt GPS/iPhone holder so that I knew where to go, and then drove off to the first stop. Reazling early on that Sunday wasn’t going to be very productive day (we were in Mormon Capital for all – the city goes to church), I decided – instead of meeting with venue managers – to try to strategically place our beautifully designed brochures (designed by Imelda Loei!) on the right-side of the main entrace door (tapping them up) so that a venue manager may notice it. With the maneverable scooter, I would drive on sidewalks, sidestreets, and other walkways with no problem. We visited many venues this day spreading the Eventsfy name.