late night, thoughts pouring, never a moment away…

Jenn Doan

Jenn Doan - Producer/Dancer

Ok it was 4:00am, I just got home from the 2 fundraising events. I was up since 8am from the day before. Its storming in Calgary. I am lying here in bed and my mind is absolutely flooded with idea and all the ways to better our final event on Feburary 10 & 11 by 250%.  My body is so physically exhausted but my mind is absolutely comsumed by new ideas.  I wished sometimes I knew how to give myself a break by turning it off. The last few nights my mind has just been flooded before bed and immediately when I wake up.

How can I generate more revenue so all the artists will get paid for all their hard work? Though the fundraising events were successful on my levels, we did not raise the expected funds. So now I must strategize even more. No matter what money always comes down to the centre of everything. Without it, most things are not possible.   This for me is a constant constant game in my head and as the producer of this project, I am largely responsible for this.  If there is anything that brings me most stress and worry, this is it. It never leaves me.

How can I facilitate better communication between everyone? Effective communication is at the heart of any successful collaboration & team work. There have been a few miscommunications that resulted from disorganization resulting in less effectiveness.   I must be the centre point of all communication between all the artists working on all the different aspects of the project like the web designer, the filmmaker, the dancers, the choreographer, the after event organizers, and soon the stage managers and technicians. I have to always know what is going on and make sure everyone is getting things done.  I am also the mediator, making sure issues and frustrations and problems are dealt with, immediately.

How can I make sure to take care of myself so I have the energy to take on this massive endeavor for another 4 weeks?  Remember I am also a dancer so on top of all the above I have to keep myself connected in my body and stay in shape, keep my yoga practice consistent, take care of body after rehearsals, eat properly, get good sleep, meditate so I can have mental clarity.

I am constantly challenged from every direction. I am constantly learning and refining how to make the best decisions and how to best put them into action.  Constantly rethinking, strategizing, discussing, asking, planning, organizing…

I do thrive on challenges like this and I know after this I will have grown so much more and be even more ready for the next epic chapter in my career!


The artists of inlayers are asking for your support by donating to our online fundraiser. Though the project is underway with the support from Alberta Foundation for the Arts, this funding only covers 25% of the budget. The rest is up to our own efforts. Your donations will go to help pay the 8 involved artists for their full time contributions, hard work, and dedication during the 6 weeks of this project as well as additional creation and production costs.
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About Jenn Doan

Jenn Doan is a producer, choreographer, dancer, yoga teacher, and dance talk radio host based in Montreal, QC. She began her dance studies at the University of Calgary and while finishing a BFA in Contemporary Choreography at Concordia University in 2007, began to self-produce her own work, primarily within the Canadian Fringe Festivals, with a co-founded dance theater company called Inertia Productions. Currently, Jenn is the co-artistic director of Woo Me Myth, a dance rock opera (DRO) performance company. The company produced The Duck Wife (2010), an Inuit myth based DRO touring across Fringe Festivals in Canada and receiving audience acclaim throughout. The work won Best Ensemble Performance, Best of the Fest, nominated for Best English Production, and made Centaur Theater's Top Ten Productions of 2010. Jenn has collaborated on many creative projects with vocalists, composers, filmmakers, visual artists, and theater artists. She co-choreographed ADDICTED (2009) with House of Dangerkat touring to NYC and Europe, produced Transfigurations (2009) at Dancers' Studio West with spoken word artist Moe Clark, and both the 1st & 2nd installment of inlayers: an interactive online dance creation. Most productions have been self-supported and only two out of six with small public funding support. Jenn has been a guest speaker at YES Montreal's 2011 Artist Conference and Quebec Drama Federation's 2011 Artist Symposium speaking on topics of Alternative Fundraising for Artists and Diversity in the Arts.

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