"Storytelling is a compulsion, an urge, like having to pee. When we come up with a great idea, there is an immediate desire to share it ... But once we let it out, give in the compulsion to tell someone our idea, the urge is gone, or at the very least much diminished." - Transforming Reality
Consistency is scary. Just like back in my (super struggle) running days, somewhere along my 5K journey I'd desperately want to stop moving. I told myself to "just take one more step". Looking at my phone to calculate the remaining distance made me want to topple over and become one with the nearest patch of grass.
Mia's lesson from Transforming Reality is key to getting through many of my creative projects. Don't talk about it; just start. In the spirit of not letting perfection stop me, I launched a free resource page for how I stay on top of creative projects and my first installment of the Just Being Funny web series.
And now to wait for the Halloween candy to go on sale so I can replenish my stockpile.
Thanks for laughing with me and NOT at me. -- O
Storytelling - The Skewer (Cafe Mustashe, Chicago)
October 4, 2017
Catch the replay on Soundcloud. The Skewer is also looking for storytellers. Just shoot them a quick email.
Storytelling - Louder Than A Mom (Martyr's, Chicago)
November 20, 2017
Need a comedian with Caribbean flavor? Bookings[at]onciamuller[dot]com
Just Being Funny: He called dibs on my spit (The Daily Herald)
We were originally hyped to see a real Mexican bullfight. I was ready for some Loony Toons level shenanigans. Twenty minutes in, I decided to stop fronting and wear my glasses. My life instantly upgraded to HD vision and I had questions. Who cosigned using the red cloth to hide the stick from the bull? More importantly, who swapped the stick for a big ole sword? Where is PETA? How is everyone so chill watching murder?
How to pick up Asian Woman (Heaux)
6 tips from the YouTube web series where Asian American women review self-published books written by white men on how to pick up Asian women.
Just Being Funny: Fashionista on a budget
If you bend over and your booty cheeks pop out, this is not the thing that you need to be wearing. And don’t let them pressure you into buying something that's going to cut off circulation to your box. You don’t need to be a feature on “Untold Stories of the E.R.”! As I exited the dressing room, I mentally hyped myself for the most difficult part of this female bonding ritual.
Life Lessons from Dude That's Not What I Meant Podcast (HuffPost)
Every week — heck, every day — someone somewhere is complaining that something they said was “taken out of context.” This Chicago podcast shows you how NOT to pull your foot out of your mouth. Ha!
Oh yeah, Eva Green (a.k.a Soca Mom) created this wonderful resource "How Can You Help Those in the Caribbean Devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria?"
Y'all, it is JUNE! What have you been up to? After a few weekends in bed, the roommate and I are back on the streets and volunteering. This month, Ada Cheng is dedicating her June performances of Not Quite to raising funds for The Healing Corner.
Tweet me if you'd like two tickets to Ada's show. There are only three more performances!
The roommate and I enjoy volunteering with THC because their mission is simple: bring happiness to a corner that was recently marked with a bad memory. There are lots of organizations that give free hugs, but THC is one of the few going into -- and staying in -- communities that need hugs. They have conversations without secret agendas to convert people. They stand up to gangs by reclaiming street corners and parks. They give frightened neighbors the opportunity to see each other; to step out of their homes and form relationships. Everyone can be outside without fear. The children can play, and those who are grieving can be comforted without awkward pity and conversation. We want this work/magic to continue. Please consider donating to THC.
What causes do you support?
Just be a civil gospel music battle - The Daily Herald
Yeah, I got that good Christian hip-hop. Obviously, my speakers are superior and his Hillsong United can't drown out Jeremy Camp's Take My Life. People on the bus are utterly confused. My five friends joining me via Facebook Live are going wild. (I might be embellishing, but you have no proof). Yes, my first ever Facebook live stream was a gospel music battle on public transportation. I sure showed that guy!
3 Red Flags Freelancers Should Look Out For When Vetting Entertainers and Artists - BlackFreelance.com
The stereotype of performing artists is that we’re flaky and broke. For my own art, it’s hard to find collaborators who have money and discipline, but avoiding these three red flags helps me reduce my nightmare client body count. (Tweet this)
5 Reasons Pete Rose NEVER Gets In - Baseball Classics Magazine
Rose’s golden years should have followed with private and public appearances, selling autographed memorabilia, and publishing a best-selling autobiography. Instead, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti confronted the Hit King with an investigation related to illegal gambling allegations. 5 reasons why Pete Rose will forever be banned from Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey of ‘Brown Girls’ Land HBO Development Deal - HollywoodsBlackRenaissance.com
This year continues to be an exciting one for women of color in entertainment. Creators of the wildly popular, Chicago-based web series Brown Girl announced via ELLE.com that writer Fatimah Asghar and director Sam Bailey inked a development deal with HBO. (Tweet this)
Just be a Mexican Yoghurt Thief - The Daily Herald
The coughing and choking sounds continued for longer than anticipated. Maniacal laughing changed to silence and wide-eyed stares. Did we unintentionally cross the line between harmless prank and criminal offense? Serving a ten-year prison sentence in Mexico was not the way I envisioned celebrating my twenty-third birthday.
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On April 24, I'll be performing at This One Woman. Hosted by Kyna Lenhof and Mary Lorenz, this monthly variety show shares comedy, storytelling, and music inspired by the life of a famous woman. This month they're celebrating funny woman Carol Burnett!
I'll be performing alongside Amy Sumpter, Justin Flowers, Kim Nelson, Luis Arevelo, Tamale Sepp, Charlotte Hamilton, Erin Conlon, and Angelica Julia Davila.
This One Woman
The Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark St.)
April 24 at 7:30pm
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
We're almost at the mid point of February - don't blink or you'll miss it. A lot has happened since the year started and I figured it was time to give an official update.
I kind of tumbled into 2017. I'm guessing most of America did too. Normally I would have been all stressed out because my year wasn't planned and I didn't officially go on holiday. However, very timely wise words from a blogger friend, Onica Cupido encouraged me to be okay with going with the flow. Too bad she's one 'i' from having an awesome name :P
Anyway, here's what's coming up in February.
Upcoming Events and Projects
Publishing - Just Be Funny (The Daily Herald's Weekender, Sint Maarten)
February 11, 2017
Champion of my writing career, Lisa Burnett and the lovely folks at The Daily herald created a space for me in The Weekender to share weekly musings with a comedic twists. Just Be Funny is one part inspirational, two parts 'How, Sway. How?' So, if you want to read about dating missteps, employment misadventures, and general Onicia shenanigans, Just Be Funny is for you!
Storytelling - Sex Positive (The Crowd Theater, Chicago)
February 11, 2017
Producer, performer, and storytelling friend Ashley Victoria invited me to share my sex positive story. I wished my story was as risque as Ada Cheng's BDSM experience. Nonetheless it's going to be a great time.
Producing - The Stoop 'Turn Up' (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
February 23, 2017
The Stoop is back and we're raising funds for SIQ!
Storytelling - The Plagiarists (Catalyst Ranch, Chicago)
February 27, 2017
I'll be reading my short story, The Intersection during Salon 46. The theme is 'TIME, The Beginning and The End of Everything.' Thanks, Eileen Tull. BTW, you should check out her monthly, female and queer-friendly showcase, Sappho's Salon at Women's and Children's First Bookstore.
Stand-Up Comedy - Feminist Happy Hour (The Whistler, Chicago)
April 10, 2017
Slut Talk creator and professional feminist Alicia Swiz invited me to share some funnies.
Storytelling - This One Woman (Hopleaf Bar, Chicago)
April 24, 2017
Details TBA in March.
It's submissions season so, don't expect too many shows for March or April. I'll be deep in my writer's cave writing and editing like a mad woman. I'm so serious about completing my scripts that I disconnected our WiFi and placed my phone on airplane mode.
About once a day I'll make an appearance on twitter and my personal Facebook.
Be well, make art, and resist!
OMG it's January and I need to take a nap! Well, we survived 2016 and all that's left to do is to keep on keeping on.
What do you think of my new website? I made it myself! Okay, I should probably ease up on the exclamation marks. Although I live in The Windy City, I wanted a website that was light, breezy, and reflected all my good, good island vibes.
My favorite feature are the three Onicias on the home page. Last year I learned that many people had a hard time understanding or remembering what exactly I do. In short, I'm a creative with type-A tendencies. When I'm not working on my own projects (writing articles, scripts, and performing), I help other creative professionals (and the occasional nonprofit) get organized.
You can say I'm a Jill of All Trades.
This month I also designed and launched The Stoops first website www.TheStoop.us. Click around and let me know what you think. THANK YOU 1000x to Elizabeth McQuern Photography for our dope headshots.
Aaaand fianlly, we're going on holiday this month! I'm too excited to be leaving the city for a bit.
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Upcoming Events and Projects
Storytelling - Sappho’s Salon (Women and Children First, Chicago)
January 10, 2017
Sharing a story, 'Seven Years on a Bus'.
Storytelling - Fillet of Solo/The Stoop (Lifeline Theater, Chicago)
January 14 and 21, 2017
Fundraiser - 40 Hours to Trump (Gallary Cabaret, Chicago)
January 18, 2017
Organized by Welcome to the Neighborhood, we're raising funds and awareness for NLG Chicago and other nonprofits potentially affected by the Trump administration.
Producing - The Stoop (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
January 26, 2017
Raising funds for BRIJ Embassy and celebrating The Stoop's 4th anniversary.
Updates from my friends
I can’t believe that October is almost over! (Honestly, I’m happy 2016 is ending; it’s been a straight dumpster fire.)
Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 pm
Under The Gun Theater (956 W Newport Ave)
My sketch ‘Ok Couple #14’ will be read alongside other writers who participated in NaSkeWriMo 2016. Read all 15 ‘OK Couple’ sketches.
Louder Than A Mom
Poetic Politics: Genre as Resistance in Citizen
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 6:00 PM
MacLean Ballroom (112 S. Michigan Ave.)
SAIC’S Department of Writing and the Diversity Advisory Group invited me to speak on a panel ‘Poetic Politics: Genre as Resistance in Citizen’ alongside Idris Goodwin.
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric has defied the limitations of genre to garner praise and awards in poetry, criticism, and nonfiction categories. Fusing varied formats, images, and voices, Citizen explores resistance through both content and form. Presented by the Department of Writing, join SAIC alum Idris Goodwin for a special performance responding to Citizen and an open discussion on the concept of radical form and content and the staging of poetry as political resistance.
Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, poet, and essayist and received his MFA in Writing in 2004 at SAIC. His plays include: How We Got On, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval, And In This Corner: Cassius Clay and Bars and Measures He is the author of the Pushcart Prize-nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks. His words have appeared on HBO, Sesame Street, BBC radio, and Discovery Channel. He’s received support from the NEA, Ford Foundation, and awarded Oregon Shakespeare’s American History Cycle Commission and InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize. Goodwin is an Assistant Professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College. Read more are SAIC’s website.
The Healing Corner
Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 6:00 PM
Von Humboldt Elementary School (2620 W Hirsch St, Chicago, Illinois 60622)
The Healing Corner will be participating in a community organized all night event in Humboldt Park October 22nd. This will be our first time east of the park! Bring a tent, sleeping bag & blankets, flashlights & chairs. We are bringing s'mores! We are going to make a powerful statement this night because we will be camping out in front of the shuttered Von Humboldt school. This school was in great condition and had great programs before it was closed by the mayor's handpicked school board. Our tax dollars have been paying to keep the lights on there and pay for security for over 2 years! This space should be made available to the community. We will be educating community members on the dangers of privatizing public schools and why it's important to support an elected school board! ✊??✏️?
Check the Facebook event for the full schedule.
The Healing Corner is also collecting Halloween costumes.
The Stoop: Sheisty
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Rosa's Lounge (3420 W Armitage Ave, Chicago)
We are raising funds for UMedics. Featured storytellers: David Pintor, Eliseo Real, and Carlos Diaz. The Stoop is always lit! October’s show is the last open mic for 2016. So, if you’ve been thinking about it, DO IT!
Use The Stoop’s PayPal.me to purchase $3 tickets in advance. Entry goes up to $5 at the door. If you arrive after 8 pm, you will be charged extra for the Blues Jam. Get all the details at the Facebook event.
Finally in November, we’re celebrating Lily Be’s birthday. I’m sharing a story around the theme “Ain’t Nothing To F*ck With”. It’s gonna be so great.
National Lawyers Guild Chicago’s Annual Dinner
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago)
NLG Chicago celebrates another year of victories and our activist community. At the 2016 Annual Dinner, we are honoring: Craig Futterman, Jamie Kalven, Samantha Liskow, Jon Loevy, Matt Topic, Ben Elson, Brandon Smith, and Sarah Gelsomino.
NLG Chicago represent progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice. If you can’t attend the dinner, please consider donating via their website. We also have a Facebook event.
It’s been a long 9 months, I’m really proud of the work we did this year. You should know that I created all the art work and designed their dinner website. I’m accepting projects for 2017, check out theservices I offer for artists and businesses.
Created in St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. I write, say funny things, and enjoy hanging with creative minds.
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When I'm not writing and performing, I help artists get organized. You should hire me to help you produce live events, promote your art, or manage resources so you can make the most of every opportunity.
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