The dinner-party question that most people have no problem with is always a real trauma for me:
"So, what do you do?"
Inevitably, a difficult negotiation process follows. Most people who ask that question want a nice, simple answer. That is why most careers have handy names like "architect," "corporate vice president," or "Supreme Overlord of the Xynok Nebula." But mine doesn't.
So I hedge my bets, trying to feel out the interest level of my inquisitor... "Uh, lots of things, um, you know, acting, writing, sort of..." I always feel really lame at this point. If they nod and smile and change the subject, I want to yell, "How can you leave it at that? You don't have the foggiest idea of what I do, you smug, self-important architect/ vice president/ Overlord!"
But if they're actually interested, it's even worse. I have to try to tell them:
I write - for TV, multimedia, stage and radio. I perform - on stage, radio, and the occasional video or film project. Sometimes I perform what I write, sometimes not. Sometimes I perform written material (by me or someone else), though a lot of the time I improvise. I direct, but usually in an improv capacity. I play music, sometimes for what I write, sometimes for other people, sometimes... It's complicated. And interconnected in a Gordian kind of way.
Ever since I was a teen, people who Knew Better were forever telling me to focus on one thing rather than trying to do everything that appealed to me. Nowadays, I divide my time up equally between congratulating myself for my fortitude and wishing I'd listened....
I'll try to break it down for you...
TV and Film
Where to See and Hear Adam