on one of the large Creative Entertainment projects (Nyack to 9th Avenue, The Better & Better Series or Birth of the Music Video) I worked with a few clients who were performing artists. Most were fun and challenging projects. *
Some of my most fun gigs came from multi-MAC award winner Rick Skye. When I met him in 2002 he was looking for a video guy to shoot his show and make a demo. Rick came to meet me and look at some of my work. The first thing he said to me when we met: “I’m not a drag queen. I’m a writer and actor and I ‘do’ Liza Minnelli.”
Over the next several years I shot several of his shows and created three or four demos and we became friends. Rick appears on many pages of my third memoir book Waiting for Elizabeth.
He was constantly improving his Slice O’ Minnelli show. In May of ‘06 he came up with a new project. He was preparing an expanded show for a run in London’s West End and a festival in Edinburgh. Both sites would have large video projection screens. A new feature of his show was that he had two major costume changes that each took several minutes. He needed video to cover them.
When the snow is falling it’s clean or at least it appears to be clean. I live in New York City and when the snow is falling and for a few hours or so – or even as long as a day after it stops – the city seems to sparkle.
And the new snow has a wonderful effect on people. They smile, occasionally laughing in the streets and in the park strangers actually talk with one another.
The snow imposes a temporary quiet on the city, another desirable quality in a place this populated. You don’t hear the snow coming down as you do rain and it not only mutes the almost constant noise but if it’s heavy enough it actually stops the racket for a day or two. Then of course the garbage trucks with their snow plow blades come out and they are very noisy but it’s reassuring kind of noise.