134: Goodbye 2020. (Onwards to 2021!)

It’s the last podcast episode of the year for Artist Soapbox!

As I record this, I have an over-abundance of feelings and not all of them are getting along. Some are in down-right conflict. What a year. What a productive, frustrating, hopeful, disappointing, infuriating, tender, tragic, hilarious, inspiring, bittersweet sh!tshow of a year…personally and professionally.

That’s how it’s been for me. How has 2020 been for you? 

This is usually when the year in review stuff happens. What did we accomplish? What did we learn? What were the wins, what were the fails? What’s the plan for next year?

I’ll get into some of that in this episode, but first I wanna say that –

At this moment, I am feeling intense gratitude for you, for all the listeners and patrons and for all of the artists I’ve worked with this year. Thank you for your support. Without it, there would be no Artist Soapbox podcasts and audio dramas. Thank you for connecting. Thank you for helping us to build a community during a very isolating and isolated year. Artist Soapbox has accomplished so much this year despite or in spite of 2020 challenges. Sincerely, thank you, friends.

Although gratitude is the feeling that is eclipsing almost everything else…

At this moment, I am also feeling grief for all that we lost.

I am also feeling anxious for what is to come.

At this moment, I am feeling hopeful.

I am feeling relieved by what might be.

At this moment, I am feeling love, and I’m very much in my messy feelings. 

How are you feeling? How many feelings are you carrying right now? How many feelings have you carried over the course of the last hour? Over the course of the day?

I imagine you are carrying a lot. I imagine it’s complicated. It is for me anyway, so if you’re wondering…you are not alone in this.

Why am I saying this? 

Why am I saying this? 

I don’t know…

Because I feel like it needs to be said out loud.

And I guess, more importantly —

Because if you are listening to my voice right now — I wanna say congratulations. We made it, friends. We made it to December 2020. And guess what? We’re still connected. We’re still here. And if you are feeling up and down and mixed up and all sorts of ways — we are in this together. 

We are here together smack in the midst of life. And I know I’m stating the obvious, but life is one freaking mixed bag. For me, 2020 has been a hefty sized, ever expanding, reach-in-and-you-don’t-know-what-you’re-gonna-get kinda epic mixed bag. 

What does one do with that? What did you do with all the things 2020 threw at you? 

What are some of the things we did at Artist Soapbox? What are we thinking about for 2021?

(Well, those are some of the things I talk about in episode 134.)

Hope you enjoy episode #134.

Be well, Tamara

Transcript available upon request. Please reach out to artistsoapbox@gmail.com. Thanks.

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Master Builder

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Declaration of Love audio anthology

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Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Declaration of Love, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

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Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.

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Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

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ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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