Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

It’s been forever since my last blog…my rant about buying my car. This, I can promise, is not a rant :). I just passed the three-month mark at work, and I’m very happy with my decision to move out to Calgary. The only thing missing is my family, but an overpriced ticket from Air Canada or Westjet can solve that! I have a great group of friends here that are always willing to go on my crazy adventures.

In addition to moving my entire life for a job, I’ve decided to push the boundaries of my comfort zone in other ways. Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m a random person…with a lot of interests. I’m unpredictable…and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ve successfully started two new endeavours that fall into that category: Going to a Fusion class and being cast in a musical.


The Fusion class is at the YMCA. It’s a mix of Yoga, Pilates and Fitness. I’m the only guy in the class…and least flexible! It’s a great stress reliever and I actually look forward to it every week.

As for the musical….a few weeks ago I saw a casting call for a local theatre production of “Hairspray” and decided to go audition. It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved in any sort of theatre, so I was a little rusty and not sure what to expect.


I went to the audition and sang one of the few songs I actually know the words to, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King.” I was nervous, shaking and overall the experience was terrifying. I left feeling like I did the best I could, and then got an email a day later for a callback. To say I was surprised is an understatement.

I headed to the callback a week later, this time we had to learn a dance from “You Can’t Stop The Beat” and also sing. At the very end, I was asked to read some lines. This time it wasn’t as terrifying, and I actually enjoyed the whole process.

Long story short…I GOT CAST! I’ll be playing the Male Authority Figure, which is comprised of 5 characters. In addition to the role, we’re learning ALL the songs. It’s exciting, and very demanding. While it’s community theatre, they are running it as a professional production. We have rehearsal 3 times a week until dress rehearsals which will take place everyday. It’s such a departure from my marketing job, and I love that.

Hairspray Cast

Overall, 2013 has been fantastic so far. There have been a few bumps along the way, but if I’ve learned anything in my 28 years it’s not what happened that matters, but how you deal with it.

I’m going to continue to push my comfort zone…I’m working on some new ideas. Until then, the only thing you can expect from me is the unexpected. Until next time….

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