Let me Entertain You


Let me Entertain you.

A life of entertainment is much like getting in a new york taxi cab on a busy Friday evening. It's a gamble. Taking into account that you may get a sensible driver, or one that you will evidently be risking your life with. Either way, they all speed at a wreckless rate in order to get you to your destination. Sometimes this car ride can be thrilling and you find yourself rolling down the window and enjoying the adrenaline rush of being alive. Other times you find yourself whispering obscenities under your breath and gripping the seat and the door handle praying that you arrive to where you are going in one piece. Sound dramatic? Then we are right on target. Welcome to the world of an artist and entertainer! Through these pages I will give you the highs and the lows of what leaps and obstacles my job brings to my artistry. You may find a connection to what I'm saying and relate that to your own artistic adventures, or you may simply enjoy the intriguing tales of what really goes on "backstage". 

We started off a few weeks back with our rehearsals in Los Angeles, California. Meeting a new cast is a lot like playing cards. You are hoping for a good hand, because what you are dealt is what you will be "playing" next to for the following 6 to 8 months of your life. Luckily I was met with an eager and exciting cast. You may think that everyone involved in performance is passionate and excited about what they do. Sadly there are people out in the entertainment world that are in it for the paycheck and not for the product. Thankfully the cast I am working with is wonderful. We have passion, energy, and emotion that is going to make for an exciting contract on board. 

Rehearsals were rushed as we learned 5 production shows in 2 weeks. Spending 8 hours a day in a room full of mirrors and no windows is a quick way to get to know your fellow cast members. This is just the beginning of a new kind of friendship. In life, many friendships develop over time. A coffee date here, and lunch date there and over the span of about a month you feel like you are starting to get to know someone. We cover that in about a week or less. Not only are you singing about love into the eyes of someone you've just met, you are trying to actually feel the emotion behind the words of the song. It's kind of like going into work for the first day and meeting a work colleague and saying "Hello, my name is Nicholas let's try falling in love with each other today and see how we go". You develop a bond with people you work with so much quicker, because you have to find a way to emotionally connect with them. 

I could say that this life is full of glitz and glamour, but there is such a trade off in this lifestyle of what many call "glamorous". While that may hold true some of the time, there are many sacrifices to be made. Chances of having a life with some sort of stability is slim. I feel like my life is always on the go, and that I am always saying goodbye. In retrospect my job offers a lot of excitement and adventure. The places I have been and the lessons I have learned have taught me some valuable things that have changed my pursuit of my art as well as my life. 

So let's begin our 8 month journey sailing up to Alaska and then down to Hawaii. 5 shows to open in 2 months, performances almost nightly for crowds of up to 1500 a show, and a behind the scenes look at the lifestyle of a singer aboard a cruise ship. Welcome Aboard!

Let Me Entertain You!!

This is our son Nicholas Novak, and the above clip is from some of the shows he has been in on Cruise Ships.

Once a month Nick is going to be a guest writer on my
page.  Nick will update us on his latest adventures in the Entertainment world, where he is currently traveling and about the shows he is in.
Until then here is another little clip from his dance reel.
I am starting a new page, Let Me Entertain You, that you will be able to click on at the top of the blog that will include new pics of Nick in his shows and his articles.

Until next time......I wish you Peace..........


Today's Lunch Was
Fresh Homemade Bruschette
But Let Me Back Up A Little Bit.....
Let me tell you what led to having this delicious Bruschette For Lunch...
It All Started When I Read A Blog Post and Recipe By Yvonne At Her Stone Gable Blog. You Can Find Her Recipe HERE For Making This Pesto Sauce...
After A Quick Look Through My Supplies ....
And A Quick Tour Of My Garden..
I Knew I Had Everything I Needed To Make Up
This Awesome Pesto Recipe I Found At Stone Gable's Blog
So I started Clipping The Tops Off The Basil Plants......
And Before I Knew It.....My Basket Was Full!
To Prepare The Basil I Cut Off The Leaves.....
Washed It.....
Then Spun It As Dry As Possible With My Salad Spinner
Then It Was Time To Gather Up The Pesto Ingredients
Pine Nuts...............
Toasted A Golden Hue
Freshly Shredded Parmesean Cheese, Olive Oil and Chopped Garlic...MMMMM
The Kitchen Was Beginning To Smell Pretty
The Food Processor Worked It's Magic!
At Last.......Presto....
It Was Pesto!!
So of course I Had To Make
A Custom Pesto Tag For My Jar
Well One Thing Led To Another......
and As The Aromatic Smells Were Sensually Drifting Through The House....
I Thought.....hmmmmm.... It's Lunch Time...
How About Some Bruschette???
And So....I Made Some!
It Was Delicious. 
All I Did To Make The Bruschette Was Chop Up Three
Roma Tomatoes, Add A Dash Of Fresh Ground Sea Salt and Pepper And A Bit Of The Pesto and The Bruschette Was Ready

The Recipe For The Pesto Can Be Found Here On Stone Gable's Blog.  Yvonne Has
The Most Wonderful Blog, Check It Out
You Won't Be Disappointed!
Thanks For Stopping By Today!  Until Next Time.......I Wish You Peace...


Winner Announcement!
Congratulations To Aimee Qulia of Greenbelt, MD
On Winning The 4 Copper Garden Tags From
Art Pod Studios

My Etsy Business, Art Pod Studios is being featured today on Music and Mommies Blog!  Crystal, the author of this blog, is sponsoring a Free Giveaway of 4 Custom Art Pod Studios (words of the winners choosing) Copper Plant Tags.  So hop on over to Crystal's blog and check it out HERE !  Don't forget the deadline is July 5th, 2010....so don't wait too long to enter!

(The Featured Banner Graphics Above belong exclusively to Crystal the author of Music and Mommies Blog.)
I Woke Up To Rain On The Roof This Morning...
It Had Been So Hot And Muggy All Weekend..
It Was A Refreshing Change!
This Was The View Outside My Studio Window This Morning

Last Week Was All About Creating New Packaging For My  Etsy Items and Filling Custom Orders
  I Created These Cards For My Copper Garden Tags Using A Graphic From The Graphics Fairy
I Think It Has Really Added A Custom Touch To My Packaging
Thank You Karen For Such Great Free Graphics!!
Here Are A Few Pictures From Some Of The
Custom Orders I Filled Last Week
I Also Created A New Style Of Packaging For The
Storage Tags I Sell On Etsy.....
What do you think?
I Love How The New Packaging Came Out!
This Order Went To Washington D.C.
Other News This Weekend, We Went To The Local Farmer's Market and Got Some Fresh Veggies and These Wonderful Sunflowers.....They Just Make Me Smile!!
We Then Took Our Weekly Drive To The Farm To Pick Up Some Fresh Goat's Milk.
Tomorrow I will be posting pictures of my weekend yogurt making session.  I will also be posting the receipe and yogurt making tips.  See you here tomorrow!
By The Way.... Happy FLAG DAY !
Until next time....I wish you Peace...


This week....Tags....TAgs....TAGS!
I Made These Tags For
My Coffee Bar Area
These Are Copper Garden Tags For An Etsy Order
Another Etsy Order ~ Galvanized Tags 1" X 3"
Tags For My Homemade Yogurt

I have a couple more tag orders to fill yet and when I'm done I'll post some more pics.....Have a great weekend!  Until next time.....I wish you Peace.....


We Had A Wonderful Weekend !
Nothing But Blue Skies As Far As The Eye Could See!!
I Am So Thankful For Those Who Have 
Made It Possible For America To Stay The
Land Of The Free
We put our flag out for the holiday and I finally got a couple of hanging plants up too.  The windows you see across the top ridge of the house are the skyline windows at the top of my studio's vaulted ceiling. 
Last week in a previous post I showed you the little wren nest full of speckled eggs in this red basket of Geraniums and guess what.....
The little babies are hatching!!  I'll post more pics when they get a little bigger.
Summer is finally getting here, it's about 90 degrees here today and my tomato plants have more than doubled in size already!  Just makes my mouth water thinking about the coming harvest!
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said..
Earth Laughs In Flowers!
Hope you are having a great week!!  Until next time.....I wish you Peace....