Wednesday, December 12, 2007

24 Crazy Ideas

Yesterday I outlined the key areas of my life that I need to get turned around. Today I'm going to lay out the basis of how I plan to do one of those things - getting Grinder Productions back on track. What follows below is a chart of all the Grinder Productions events that I would like to produce in 2008. I've outlined when I would like to do them, what they will be, the venue they will ideally take place in, how much I should be spending on them, and, most importantly, how many tickets I will have to sell in order to make $1000 of profit on each of them (at a nominal average of $12 a ticket).

Since I would like to generate $2000 a month of income I have 24 projects, but ideally I would like to be able to do more. I know this probably sounds crazy. After all, half the whole reason we're in this mess is because things got too busy for me to handle. The other half of the mess, in case you're wondering, is the fact that nobody was coming to the shows when they were on. However, both of these things can be solved, both of them need to be solved, in order for the turn-around to be completely effective. In my next posting I will lay-out the production-related "how-to's" in order to effectively get these shows off the ground. The posting after that will deal with the other major challenge, getting people to come out and see it.

I'm also adding in another component today. I've been keeping a food journal off and on for the last few months on weightlossforum.com, but I'd like to transfer it here, as I would like to keep all life-changing events in the same blog. I have found some success with the weightloss over the past few months, in spite of everything that's been going on, but it's still in a position where it could easily get out of hand, and I'm no where near where I would like to be.

So yesterday, I had the following to eat:
Breakfast: nothing.
Lunch: Burger and fries, Pepsi.
Supper: 2 grilled cheese sandwiches.
Snacks: Chocolates.

Not much to be proud of, I know. But I aslo know that if I don't write it down, in a public forum, then I will rationalize it out of importance in my mind, and it must remain important, if I am going to have the health to carry off the rest of my life turnaround.

I will have more to add to both of these areas tommorrow, and I will also try and add in another component if possible as well.

Til then,

Grinder

Grinder Productions 2008 Line-up:

Date

Show

Venue

Budget

# of tickets @ $12 for $1000 profit

January

The Blue Room

ECA

$1000

Rent: $424.00

Script: $105.63

Rights: $238.50

Prod: $231.87

167

February

Un-Valentine’s Day Festival

ECA

$100

92

March

Hangin’ in the Balance

ECA

$500

Rent: $424

Prod: $76

125

April

A Bench in the Sun

Senior’s Centre?

$500

125

April

The Constant Lover & Moliere 1-act

EL

$250

Rent: $200

Prod: $50

105

May

School Shooting

ECA

$500

Rent: $424

Prod: $76

125

May

Charity Show

TBA

$500

125

June

The Belle of Amherst

EL

$1500

Rent: $550

Royalties: $730

Prod: $220

209

June

Grinder’s Gala

TBA

$500

125

July

Same Time, Next Year

EL

$1500

Rent: $550

Royalties: $730

Prod: $220

209

July

Relatively Speaking

BH

$1500

Rent: $707

Royalties: $400

Prod: $393

209

August

First Kisses

EL

$1500

Rent: $550

Royalties: $730

Prod: $220

209

August

The Middle Ages

BH

$1500

Rent: $707

Royalties: $400

Prod: $393

209

August

Sally and Marsha

EL

$1500

Rent: $550

Royalties: $730

Prod: $220

209

August

Brighton Beach Memoirs

BH

$1500

Rent: $707

Royalties: $400

Prod: $393

209

September

Proof

FGT

$2000

Rent: $1300

Royalties: $400

Prod: $300

250

September

Who’s Line is it, Centre Wellington?

FGT

$500

Rent: $300

Prod: $200

125

October

Art

ECA

$750

Rent: $450

Royalties: $200

Prod: $50

146

October

Girl Talk

ECA

$750

Rent: $450

Royalties: $200

Prod: $50

146

October

Jekyll and Hyde

FGT

$2000

Rent: $1300

Royalties: $400

Prod: $300

November

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Grindlings)

FGT

$2000

Rent: $1300

Royalties: $400

Prod: $300

250

December

Hooters (not the restaurant!)

ECA

$750

Rent: $450

Royalties: $200

Prod: $50

146

December

Hans Brinker

FGT

$2000

Rent: $1300

Royalties: $400

Prod: $300

250

December

Grindlings Scene Study Presentations

FGT

$500

Rent: $300

Prod: $200

125

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