Rob van Vuuren

Do the hustle!

2011-08-10 08:31
It is the plight of the freelance artist to constantly hustle as if  his or her balls depend on it. In fact there are times when you are juggling so many balls that even someone as skilled in the area as, say, Paris Hilton wouldn’t know what to do with them.

This week is one of those weeks for me.  I am literally spinning from one gig to the next voice-over and onto the next rehearsal before the latest edit like some possessed Dervisher. I pause only to obsessively mutter my to-do list whilst waiting for a pie at the BP between appointments.

It makes it a lot easier to handle the chaos when the balls you are juggling are a good mix of inspiring projects. In that regard I'm lucky because my balls are amazing.  No, really.

For instance, I got to do a very cool interview with David Kramer in preparation for his tribute show at Oppikoppi this weekend and was treated to a quite magnificent acoustic rendition of Lenie, Lenie for my troubles.

Lenie, Lenie is a song i didn’t even know existed in the Kramer arsenal before being asked to get involved in the show, but since then I've had it on repeat at home. To then be sitting next to the man as he chatted about the background of the song before playing it … well what can I say? It was awesome.


So as I write this I'm also finishing off the edit of that shoot and keeping an eye on the time to make sure I can still go over scripts for a shoot I'm doing tomorrow which is pretty exciting too.

It's a series of mad webisodes for the launch of 2OceansVibeTV that I'm writing and shooting with wunderkind Ari Kruger and a cast of some of my favorite local actors. Watch that space.

Oh yes I've also got to find time to pack the Most Amazing Show for Oppikoppi and get my head right so we don't have a repeat of an Oppikoppi not too long ago when, after possibly our 20th appearance over the weekend I sat behind our caravan weeping as Louw Venter (Corné) pleaded and cajoled to get me back on stage …"Just one more time Robbie, you can just sit there with glasses and the snor on, just sit there and smile…or cry, whatever, just sit there.”

That's not going to happen again. In my experience, the trick to surviving Oppikoppi is not to drink as hard as you are working.  I've learnt my lessons so I'll be enjoying the music and the Bos Ice Tea Gravelocity Challenge that Corné and Twakkie will be running from a genuine wrestling ring situated amongst the thorn trees and madness in the campsite.

And there you have it; just a taste of some of my many balls being juggled at the moment.  Its hard to keep track of all of them and there is always the fear that one of them may slip through the cracks  or that I've forgotten something…like…oh crap, that channel 24 column I’ve still got to write.

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