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Monday, October 22, 2012

The October Resolution

I hardly ever make New Year resolutions. I believe that you make a resolution when you are ready to make it, no matter the time of year. And I am ready to make this one.

Currently, I have committed myself to an enormous project of my own conception - the largest, most ambitious, most personally exciting of my career, and one that is hopefully going to earn me a doctorate from an Ivy League university. When I finish writing/composing it, a dauntingly Herculean task that will take a considerable amount of time, energy, and unbroken commitment, I am planning on undertaking a further full-time commitment to the recording, distribution and promotion of that project.

To that end, in quasi-legalese:

I hereby declare that for a period of not less than two (2) years, I, Melissa Dunphy, cannot and will not accept any offer or request to contribute to other projects such that I would be required to answer to the owner of the project creatively. Until the year 2015, with the understanding that the term of this moratorium may be extended, I will not under any circumstances become involved in employment (other than self-employment) the nature of which includes, but is not limited to:
  • composing for theatrical productions
  • sound design
  • musical direction
  • composing for film
  • composing for dance
  • creative consulting
  • recording or other audio production
  • acting or other performance
  • workshopping
  • public speaking
  • educational programs outside of Penn or private teaching
  • web design or other graphic design
  • writing
  • publicity or promotion
  • casting or booking
  • coordination or other administrative tasks.
Commissions of concert music will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and only if the completion of such a commission would not interfere excessively with my own work.
The sole exception to the above is anything involving Up Your Cherry.
If you are asking me to become involved in your project in any of the above capacities, thank you - I am almost certainly very flattered and wish I could help. It is not easy to decline interesting creative opportunities. However, I must regretfully turn you down. I hope you understand. You may try again in 2015, but until that time, I offer no assurances whatsoever that I will commit to your project. Good luck in your own endeavor.

Signed: Melissa Dunphy
Date: October 22, 2012
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