by Cameryn Moore
I have three different cities to check in with over the next week, for shows that won’t be happening until the fall, some that will be taking place in a country that I’ve never even been to. At times like this, I realize that my strategy for global domination has ended up being much more delicate than I thought it would be. It’s not blasting through a wall like the sexy equivalent of the Kool-Aid Man; it’s spinning out threads and laying them down carefully, struggling to keep track of the strands of a delicate web, weaving this fabric of community and art.
I set up the levels of interest to filter out “eager beavers”
My being here in Peterborough, ON, right now, is the result of one such unseen convergence. The ex-lover of a friend found me on FB; we’ve been chatting online for at least a year. When he said, “You should bring Phone Whore to Peterborough, I’d love to see you here”, I smiled and typed, “sure!” in the chat window, but to myself, I rolled my eyes. I have been lured along and, yes, burnt, by would-be producers before. I learned my lesson, I learned to put out there the things that I needed and wanted to make that happen, and have learned to let things go, let other people make the first move, to follow up or not, because I don’t have time to fumble around with all the threads that get thrown my way.
Or how about that other thread, a friend of multiple Facebook friends, most of whom I have not met in real life yet. This one, a sex worker rights activist in the UK. I friended him online last fall, when I was making my plans to go to Edinburgh this year, but we had never really chatted. And then out of nowhere, 10 days ago, a message from him on my wall: “hey, keep us posted about your Edinburgh appearances!” Yes, I wrote back, and do you happen to know any venues in other UK cities that might be open to this show? Yes, he said, and my group can probably help, and then we went to private messaging, and then it was just a steady stream of Yes, Yes, Yes. Tomorrow I have a Skype session with him, and it is possible