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Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in the age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we’re offering this series. In each “In Our Own Words” post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as we all navigate a new normal.
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This was supposed to be my big transition year. I just passed the artistic-director torch to Jon Carr. Working with Dad’s Garage TV and a group of passionate, talented people, we were planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign for an indie film. I decided to do as deep of a dive as I could on the [pandemic] situation to try to determine if it was feasible to push through. I quickly realized that not only did we need to suspend our project, but that Amber [wife Amber Nash] needed to get back home from Los Angeles ASAP. I also reached out to comedy pals that were touring to say: “Cancel your shows and get home right away.” Not long afterward, the NHL suspended its season. Let’s be honest, as a Canadian, that’s the one I paid most attention to.

I’m trying to find fun, little artistic projects to keep myself occupied. I’ve been taking pictures of flowers and livestreaming jokes with my pals and making videos called “Cooking With Leftovers,” where I basically reheat leftovers, throw an egg on it and call it breakfast. Amber and I have been walking our dog but avoiding the BeltLine. I’ve been guesting on online improv shows from outside Atlanta, which is the beauty of virtual performances. The cast can be anywhere. Even though these things can feel trivial compared with the seriousness of [the pandemic], they help me stay positive, and I try to spread that positivity online. Also, I’ve reverted to my natural 3,000-calorie-a-day diet, which is helping a lot. If you’ve never tried it, the secret is to eat whatever you want.

I hope that when we get to the other side of this, we emerge with a renewed sense of kindness and empathy. I’m so inspired by all the people I see helping in so many ways, folks are making masks and giving them out for free, running errands for higher-risk groups, preparing food for the homeless, messaging friends just to make sure they’re OK. This is what I want to remember, and what I hope everyone remembers: When things got bad, we showed up for each other.

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