The thing I’m most… apprehensive? unsure? about moving to Los Angeles is rebooting the tiny communities, hobbies and familiarities that I’ve had to build from scratch here. My rowing group, my trivia team, the guys in my figure drawing groups. I know I can find that stuff in LA, but it all happened so organically here, and developed over time. I’m bummed about leaving it.
Live figure drawing is still something I struggle with, but I’ve really loved meeting up with folx and drawing together. I know I’ve improved, and it’s been really… affirming and rewarding to center drawing in my identity, and to have a skill/talent be affixed to how others know me, rather than just… like, bar persona, party person, etc. Ground breaking revelations: friendships based on shared passions, interests and hobbies are… good?
Last night we drew my friend Lukas and it was such a treat. They’re formally trained as a dancer, and working with that skill set as a figure model? They know their shapes, they know their lines, they know their space. Lukas knows how to just add a little twist, a little tension, and flex to make things a little more dynamic.
I keep thinking… should I just start something new? I keep joking that it’s going to be aerial aerobics or like… juicing. Just really leaning into a Silverlake sensibility. I recently did a kalari intensive with a choreographer from the UK, and it was just… so galvanizing. I’ve missed kalari so much since leaving SLC, so I think that might be something to really dig back into. It’s such a fulfilling practice, and it really challenges my body, my mind, etc. There’s a kalari group in LA that I could sync up with, so that might become a reality. I might spend some time digging into a more focused yoga practice as well to support that.