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I’ve Never Been Described as “Dreamy” Before…

…or at least, not in a published interview. There’s a first time for everything however, and this one is thanks to Cindy Marie Jenkins and her Working Directors column.

Cindy is a storyteller and community builder based in LA, and was heavily involved in the Hollywood Fringe. We initially met via the Fringe’s active Twitter community, and finally got together in person over many sangrias at the Fringe Central cabaret tent.

She mentioned she was running a series of interviews with working directors. Hungry for promotional opportunities, I asked if directing your own one-man show counted. She said it did. I said that sounded fascinating. She sent me some questions. I answered them. (And by “answered them” I mean waited nearly two weeks of being overloaded with Fringe production stresses before even looking at them, then apologising profusely to Cindy for taking so long in getting back to her.)

She said that was fine, because she was probably going to take ages in putting the interview online anyway. She spoke the truth: the interview finally went up yesterday, about a month after that initial conversation.

I’m not complaining though, because the first two lines of her introduction…

Simon Coronel is an Australian Illusionist. As such, he is just as dreamy as you might imagine.

…made me go “aw shucks” and blush slightly. It’s a reminder of just how remarkably people respond to Australian accents in the USA. Much like the effect an Irish or Scottish accent can have over here, but amplified by a factor of seventeen. Seriously. If you haven’t been to America before, it’s hard to explain just how strong an impact it can have.

The full interview is here. If you find yourself in LA, consider checking out one of Cindy’s current projects. If you do, please tell her I said hi – in whichever accent suits you best.




4 Responses

  1. I had a dream about you once, but it’s not what you think.
    See, we were these bank robbers that somehow ended up on the wrong side of the tracks (as far as criminals go) and had helped the CIA nab this huge drug overlord from Delaware. Weird, huh? But there was some awesome espionage and gun fights and stuff…wait a minute…that wasn’t you in the dream. It was actually a highly intelligent robot that I had to keep changing the batteries in! That was really annoying, especially when you’re being chased by a bunch of evil cronies.
    Oh well, forget I said anything.

  2. Invisible Pedestrian says:

    I came here for “Madness in Edinburgh” but “dreamy” caught my attention.
    The author’s comment is dependent on her opinion of the “dreaminess” of Australians. Therefore it could be sarcasm. Sure, you have Simon Baker, Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger, but she may not find these people to be “dreamy” . . . oh who am I kidding? Work that accent! :)

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