I did it!! – Journal (day13)

We’re almost there guys. I’ve been working on all my display objects and waiting on the banner we finally ordered.


I have two days before the actual show and my excitement and stress are at an all-time high. We’re waiting on the banner and still have a few more things to finish up. Painting out these words on fabric is harder than I thought and, though I didn’t want to, I waited a bit till last minute to start the process. However, with my sister’s help I got to finish the painting in time.


The day before is relaxing, but still highly stressful. I’m not sure that makes much sense. We’ve been combating the stress with our favourite shows and jokes. Still painting and getting final touch ups done. We’ve created a checklist and have put what we need in box for easy carry. Now to get sleep and wait for the morning.


“Today is the day and I am running late. I don’t think it will be so bad though, it shouldn’t take long for set up.” But oh how wrong I was. I was working on the banner till the eleventh minute. The banner didn’t have the holes used to hang it, that was per request. But we were told that we would be getting tape strong enough to hold it. That did not happen. We get a last minute call that the tape they had wasn’t strong enough for the banner. Sigh…I don’t know what to about this but I don’t feel like thinking about it. So with help from my sister and classmates I am just trying to get the rest of the exhibition up.

But even more good news for the day comes from my dancers. All three girls have a class the very time of my event and, I’m guessing, though they were ‘trying to work it out’, is that the performance element is complete shot. I’m under so much pressure that I want to just stop. Unfortunately, I can’t. I want this event to happen, I want to see this vision come to life. I will just have one less element to execute.

The banner, the banner is still on the ground! I finally get someone to help with hanging the banner and he takes maybe thirty minutes to do so. I’m so glad for that and I get the banner up around 5 pm – an hour before my event. My sister has left to go home and change and bring my change of clothes too. I am frantic, not stressed, just frantic. Honestly, Ms. Gore’s presence and constant nagging made it hard not to be stressed when pointing out things I am aware of in such a worried manner. I’m not worried! I was also not in the mood for anyone trying to make me worry or lose my cool and then breakdown.

I made it. With all the pressure, I made it through the night. There were changes to the programming, obviously, but the people present found the whole thing enjoyable. Plus…I got a few books sold too! Please note that these books were for display and persons still felt the need to buy them. I was proud and happy with the outcome and just straight up relieved that everything was done. Now to go home and sleep.



Things don’t seem to end – Journal (day12)

I still have to get the prints done. At this stage of the implementation, even with this little time left, I still have many things left to do. The good news is that I have the fabric needed for the space. This week will be totally on painting and finding the funds to do the printing. Not to mention I cannot get a time to meet with my dancers. However, they have their copy of the recording so I expect that they have heard what they will be dancing to. I working on getting a host, but I really am planning to host the event myself. That was always my plan and I don’t mind it staying that way.

No stress though, I am working through all this with a steady pace and a level head. As I always say, “This too shall pass…I too shall pass.” I can still see the possibility of the event happening regardless of the difficulties now, there is just too much progress made for me to be too upset about the set backs.


There have been a few things happening recently. Though I’ve been  trying to keep up with the journal entries for both the Mic Check Exhibition and Tattoo Seminar, but with so much happening so quickly, this overall update was needed.

Firstly, I spoke to the person-in-charge for Art Stock about selling copies of my book there. Ms Morrison, the one in charge, was thrilled at the idea and even suggested a reading take place at the store as a means of introducing the book to an audience. I thought this was a great idea and will do so after the show, maybe in April, or even at the start of the new semester.


Speaking of the book, I’ve already started the recording for the audio aspect of the Exhibition that the dancers will be performing to. Of course, I couldn’t afford a big professional studio, so I opted for a make-shift one that someone has in their bedroom.


DSC_0124.JPGSo far I’ve recorded four poems and they sound pretty good, considering I don’t like the sound of my own voice. However, this experience is a lot more comfortable and the poems do turn out the way I would like them to. There is a problem with outside sounds affecting the recording, but that is outside of our control.


Also, I have finally been able to go through the layout and design of the venue for the exhibition. It has become a lot more work than I expected, but that was mostly due to the lack of availability of the space at the time. Now that we have a better understanding of the space and what we will need, we can better plan for those things.

At this time, I have hit a great milestone in the progress of my show and I am quite proud. With the help of my sister, who designed most things, I have completed some prints for the show!


Programmes, flyers, business cards and tickets have all been printed. Waiting on shirts and invites before everything is complete, but it’s still progress.


Now on to the seminar. I’ve taken a look at the room to further develop the layout and design of the venue, got two out of three speakers confirmed and have a mediator confirmed for the seminar. It’s not as much progress as I would have liked to have made, but it’s progress. Now I will be working on the printing of the equivalent material needed for the seminar. Once that is done, I think I’ll be in a good place.


A few more weeks and these two projects will come to life. Honestly, I can’t wait, but I’m also a bit overwhelmed by the volume of work I need to do and the lack of help I’m getting from those I’ve put in place to help. Still, the help I am getting, is more than enough to keep all of us afloat. Not to mention, I’m learning a lot about who to trust for help.

Thanks for the support and patients of everyone around me.

Unexpected victories – Journal (day9)

I had my tutorial last week. Normal as ever and I managed to get some issues resolved.

However, a turn of events lead me to the School of Art where I met with the director who was surprised at the origin of the request and willingly accepted it after some checks were made. Since this was off to a good start I felt there was one problem solved.

Currently, I now have to work on getting my MC, guest speaker and live performer to commit to the event. This is taking a bit longer than expected as I am also trying secure persons to speak on the seminar and am trying to keep both projects separated.

Fortunately, I have finished my program design and will now need approval before finalizing the document for distribution on the night of the event.

When things don’t go as planned, Plan something else – Journal (day8)

This past weekend I met with a graphic artist, Andre, to discuss the design of the company logo and book cover that may double as marketing design. I was unable to record the meeting as the venue (Sovereign Mall) prevented us from doing so. I hope to get the design finished soon as I want to start marketing at the end of this month. This comes after some disappointment with another designer, Celia, working on the same project and failing to do so in a timely manner.

I had previously planned to have a meeting with my staff to get them up to speed on I what I would need and their roles in relation to the project. This, unfortunately, failed to happen so instead I started a WattsApp group with the members and have rescheduled the day. I am now waiting on a time to best met with everyone, if not most persons. Any meetings held will be recorded, both in photo and minutes, then notes will be sent to the group for further understanding.

I am also having trouble with confirming a venue. The CAGE Gallery is the ideal place for the exhibition, however, since it is under the jurisdiction of the School of Visual Art, it is a lot more difficult to attain than expected. Therefore, the substitutes for this venue are the Seminar Room, also at the Edna Manley College, and the Old Dramatic Theatre, at the University of West Indies. The latter does have a price attached to it, which is not ideal, but it will fit the concept a bit more than Seminar Room to be honest. On the other hand, the Seminar Room can provide a means to be more creative with the space; adding to points needed for a better grade.

At this point I am taking things as they come and making provisions before I can be disappointed. I also have a few things to consider for the event – a second speaker, an MC, a live ‘element’ separate from the dancers, marketing, budget and program design. I hope to be able to chose what will be best for the show and achieve those feats in due time.

Making Progress, slowly, consistently – Journal (day7)

Discussions have lead me to start a wattpad profile and to post my poems there to get a following before starting the sales process. I will only be posting a few from this series, but eventually, I think I could also do this for any other book I decide to start. I am currently at 12 pieces and need only three more, but it is proving a bit more difficult as there is just nothing else to really to write about. Anyway, the first piece, ‘Untitled’, will go up February 10 and others two weeks after that until the show.

A part from tutorials, class time is very helpful to the development of this process as I get to bounce ideas off the other students and there seems to be a better understanding among students. This was proven in the last class where alternatives were introduced (the seminar room and quadrille in front of the seminar room,). Everyone was able to also discuss how the spaces could be used to best suite the event. Along with this, there was also the tutorial held this week where a possible live element to the event was suggested (in the form of Yashika Graham performing a piece), as well as the design of the program for that night. I have been tasked to get the program finished in about two weeks or so.

Since I have not gotten a response from the School of Art on the space requested, CAGE Gallery, I went back to see if anything had changed, nothing. So I will be sending the email again this week as a subtle reminder and see what else I can do. In the meantime, I will be looking at alternatives to this space that will best suit the event.

The first Meeting was the Last – Journal (day6)

After a long wait, my last message was finally responded to. Unfortunately, it was to say that Nicole would not be able to help me with the project. I was already anticipating this as there was no communication and I knew she was overseas.

I have two graphic artists who will do illustrations for different parts of the project. The first, Celia, will be working on the book cover which will double as the background for the marketing material. The second, Lushane, will be doing the illustrations that will be going on the wall hangings. After much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the wall hangings will have a print on the background with the words of the poems painted on top.

From discussions in class today as well, there were suggestions of another venue for the project is the CAGE Gallery doesn’t work out. The outside area, just below the Gallery was most liked as it would provide a platform for a live performance versus the recorded version of the original project.

The CAGE, however, has already been requested and the hope is now to get the venue and continue forth with the progress as planned.