With the New Year facing us like a freight train with our boot stuck in the tracks…I ponder on my 2016 in both my personal works and my job search. I’d like to do more job-work than job-search but…we shall see.
In my personal works I have going, in brief;
1. In My Mind. An Art Study of Awareness of Mental Care and Attention. Inludes research of mental health, mental health care and lack there-of in Mental Illness. Producing film, photography music, writing, visual art, public shows and collaboration between artists and doctors as well as people who carry mental illness. (currently seeking funding) (if you’d like to share your story please email email@example.com)
2. Bride’s. An Art Study of Marriage. Inludes research in marriages and relationship. Divorce. Suicide and murder. Collaboration with artists in film, photography, producing photoshoots, film, music and public art shows. Turning writing into visual art. A did she-Did he play. And the choice road taken. (currently in he works. Seeking old wedding dresses/accessories) (if you’d like to share your story please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
3. In current edit and drafts of the novel, NaNo project Behind The White Gate. (currently looking for an Agent)
4. A new direction and new works for the blog; A Kind Of Single Lady.
5. NoPantsTV; Project in the works. Early stages.
6. i On Artist’s. An Art-Economy Study of life through the lens of an iphone on what artists’s bring to the community and economy. (contact email@example.com if you are an artist interested in being filmed for this project)
7. Being a Writer (which means eating a lot of ramen noodles)
In the Job Hunt I am wondering about the direction Houston/Galveston both are taking. I really have been impressed by the works of Mayor Annise Parker and the leaps and bounds of forward thinking she has brought Houston in her three terms. Art and green space are obviously forward thinking ways to go with any community and between projects such as and Buffalo Bayou Park, Discovery Green and our Theater District and many Public Art Work’s these are true happenings that have come to form and form well. What is nice is seeing a great direction that I hope will continue for the economy of Houston and have been proven economy in many cities. I plan to get off “The Rock” here in Galveston and spend some more time really exploring the art’s of Houston again that have exploded over the past few years in this coming twelve months. One doesn’t have to travel far or expensively to see great things that sit right in their own backyard.
As for the Houston Job-Economy, the art’s are again creeping up on a lead of such things as well. Houston is pulling far away from just being an economy that run’s solely on oil and the up’s and down’s that come with it. We are a true travel destination with a fantastic walkable Down Town of restaurants, bars, parks and jogging/biking trails and beautiful hotels and wedding destinations. Not to mention sports centers and museums. What I do see Down Town Houston lagging (and still The Heights and Montrose, nearby, leading in, by far) are nice and easy walking shops and coffeeshops as well as a better variety of restaurants destinations. But none of it is far and as large as Houston is, The DownTown area, The Heights, Montrose, River Oak’s, The Galleria, The Museum District, and several other destinations are all within just a mile or three of each other. But with a beautiful Theater District to boast, and now two amazing green area’s of Buffalo Bayou Park and Discovery Green, Houston really is on a path of future living and The Way To Live,work, and play. Pleasing the working people of twenty to retired, single to parents, a balanced life-style has truly emerged. Houston even rounds some rough corners with a few grand Farmer’s Market’s, Trader Joe’s and Whole Food’s locations to meet many of today’s lifestyles.
But what about jobs? We still have a high unemployment rate. We still have a high-trade jobs rate as well. We have a high job-in-arts rate and we have a high students rate. We also carrying a good hotel/hospitality job economy and banking economy but…still we see banks closing left and right as well. Houston does have a very high fashion and shopping economy…especially boasting of the famous Galleria. But even here I feel that fashion is still too far behind what it should be and would I love to see a boost in this time and economy, however I don’t feel that this will happen without bringing it’s own angle to the game. I know of a few artistic types who are bringing a bigger film industry to Houston. Hollywood long outgrowing it and Louisiana being one of the largest now in the country not to mention much of our film industry going to Canada. So Houston is an incredibly logical location as well as full of young and eager artists and students to fill the economy quickly….not to mention a continuance of our theater industry nation-wide. (I’d love to see more filming in Galveston Island.)
Media, publishing and marketing are some of the big economy fillers of Houston. And the medical economy is by far a large one that stretches all over Houston and Galveston both with continuing expansion.
But what all truly makes Houston’s Economy Hum?
I myself look toward future work in where I can make the biggest difference, the most impact and also, bring forward movement to the table in art’s, economy and community.
And what will 2016 bring to the table?