Applause for Brace Fetishes

Brendon at Live Art

Yours truly, Brendon O’Brien, performing ‘Brace Fetish’ at LiveArt Bistro’s open mic night.

On Saturday night, I performed at an open mic night at the LiveArt Bistro neat the National Academy for the Performing Arts. I came dreadfully late, to a completely packed crowd, and at first had decided that I didn’t want anything to do with an open mic that I naturally didn’t prepare for. Continue reading

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The Glorious Misadventures of a Yes Man

Less than an hour ago, I was asked by a friend of mine to participate in a debate he’s planning about two months from now. Immediately, my thought was ‘Brendon, don’t you think you take on a bit too much?’

My second thought was ‘yeah, but why not man?’ Continue reading

The Anatomy of an Idea

Over the weekend, I was at a friend’s house avoiding the perilous feelings attached to loneliness. I wanted some time away from the things and people that were¬†making¬†my heart feel heavy, but at the same time couldn’t stand the idea of being by myself. So I spent the two days playing video games, talking nonsense and creating an atmosphere of happiness around me. Well, trying…

On the Sunday evening, when I was about to leave, my friend and I ended up having a weird conversation about whether a certain video game was part of our real lives, as students and young adults learning and trying to get a job and earn a living. What followed was a two-hour long conversation about a TV show script we then decided to write with each other.

Some artists – writers, painters, musicians or whoever else – tend to sit and dare themselves to create. They challenge themselves to make something they’ve never made before, or to push forcefully past a writer’s block or a creative rut. And sometimes that works, regardless of whether they like what they create. But, most times, the idea that grips you the most is the one that comes to you in the lightest and most enjoyable moments. Like when you’re just having a conversation with friends about something completely outlandish, only to realize that it could make sense if you did certain things to it and that others would find it just as interesting as you would.

So I’m in the process of writing a screenplay for this incredibly crazy idea, that weirdly enough is the only idea to my knowledge that I’ve been so excited to start. Hopefully, I’ll make a lot more progress than I usually do, and maybe even get a chance to share a few pages here with you guys when I have..well, a page.

Moral of the story; don’t force it. Nothing’s wrong with pushing yourself to make sure you can get out of the rut, but there’s often times more value in the cute little brainchild that sneaks up behind you and tugs at your shirt.

Hard(ly) Working…

Theoretically, I just finished a social media project for a conference on Friday. I say theoretically because I spent the last two days at home with an interesting depression, so beyond making sure that one of my team was there to get the work done, I didn’t do a thing.

If you’re saying this is definitely not the kind of post you introduce your blog with, you’re absolutely right…to a point. In fact, that’s the reason I started this blog. And no, I don’t mean I started this blog to talk about a weird depressive spell. I started this blog to talk about my work.

You see, I do a lot of things. Some of the titles for these things might not even exist yet. I know for sure I’m a Spoken Word poet, writer, blogger, amateur journalist, activist and organizer. I’ve also tried my hand at facilitating, teaching, directing…and as of recently I’ve been wearing badges marked ‘social media coordinator’. And these aren’t just things that I need to be taking more seriously, there are interesting things that maybe someone else is doing. I should write about it, I thought, and give someone else who’s doing the same crazy stuff as I am a chance to learn what to not do.

So this blog is about those days where I get a new project or make up a new one, when I get called upon to ‘share expertise’, and even those days that I really didn’t do anything that I should have and what happens next. It’s about creativity, work, the people that do it all and sometimes the emotions that get in the way. It’s about what other people are doing and what inspiration is out there.

Let’s see if this goes better than the social media project from last week…