What's Happening In Andy Land?
Here's as much as I can tell you right now.
I'm going to be very tired for the next several weeks.
Yesterday I started training for a new job. This is in addition to my Houdini's job so it is not a replacement gig but a second job. I'm dropping Houdini's to a part time position (Two, up to three or four days a week) so I may start work for the Big Horn Tours company.
Remember back around Christmas time when I worked a gig at the Grand Canyon? Circumstances of that booking made it so I would not return there unless A) I was very, VERY hungry, and B) I was in a Hummer so I could drive that awful 14 mile rocky road safely.
Well...I'm going to be one of Big Horn's tour guides and I'll be driving people to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon in...a Hummer H2.
The money is decent and the potential for an occasional gratuity doesn't hurt, though I can't depend upon that stuff. Moreover it will put some distance between me and the ongoing drama at Houdini's while still being flexible enough to accommodate my entertainment schedule.
I have also been rehearsing with a good friend and business partner on a show for the corporate, casino, college, and theatre markets. This is an established act that has been working steadily for about 7 years out here in Vegas. It is a duo comedy/magic act and one half of the team is leaving the biz to do something crazy like move to Arizona and raise a family (or something ridiculous like that). I would be taking his place, assuming his role, and expanding the act's versatility with stronger comedy, more variety, and a better stage presence (At least that's what I've been told...I'm not THAT arrogant to believe all that stuff.).
Of course, I cannot make an official announcement nor even tell you the name of the group yet as they still have some bookings together and we're not ready to completely start booking the new show yet. However it is happening and I'm in the process of crazily learning the existing acts in my "spare time". Just thought you should know about it.
The Yellow Book ad has brought about three calls so far. A separate post about that later.
In the interim I'll be working on some corporate training presentations for Sheryl Parks of Sparks to Flame, Inc. here in Vegas. This is a great opportunity as she is one of the leading business trainers specializing in small to medium-sized businesses hoping to get to "the next level". She has a fantastic program and provides excellent results for her clients. She foolishly asked me to be a part of her new presentations and I'm honored...if not completely frightened of the prospect of screwing up her whole operation. ;)
So there are some updates. Not sure how I'm going to get all of this done, but I'll keep you updated when I have time. HA!