Assigned Play

Assigned Play simplified, it is your time.




Do you find it hard to make time, especially for you? The Artist Date (Assigned Play) is the brainchild of Julia Cameron. It is a reintroduction to the magic of play via assignment. That’s right, it’s an assignment, and what you put in is what you get out. Here’s the catch, you have to do it alone (that’s right!). It is a once (1) per week commitment that you will succeed in finding a way to enjoy. This practice has added that thing that I was missing. It has been the source of so many fun ideas that I have been able to get down the rabbit hole unimpeded. Most of all, it serves as a “noise” reducer. It’s a time and space where I exclusively build a healthy and fun relationship with myself. The Color Factory was one of the best dates I took myself on. We can get into the why later. You can look forward to stories about fun dates from myself and perhaps others too. I am most grateful that I started this journey pre-pandemic. Otherwise, it would have been even more challenging to come up with some fun stuff to do and enjoy solo. Most recently, I took myself café hopping in Casco Viejo, Panama. Another date included a hot air balloon ride over the Atlas Mountains at sunrise. “Simplified, it’s your time”.


What’s the benefit?

You finally have a moment to yourself to do what you want to do. You start doing what comes to mind instead of denying those guilty pleasures of connectedness, in doing so, protecting your time from yourselves! This is a chance to accept this luxury, meet new people, and embark on discovery.

Assigned Play Gone Right

In 2017, I booked a ticket to see an artist that none of my compadres at the time knew (red flag). I was new to the city. I resolved to go to a new venue as a first-timeish concertgoer in the US, alone.  It was so much fun. Also, as it turned out, I was not the only one who ventured out alone that night. Later, outside of the concert, I met a wonderful friend. She was also solo-dolo. Her mission was not just about the artist (Citizen Cope), she was staking out her current husband. They are got married in New Port in the summer of 2021.

Heading out alone was the best thing I could have done for myself. It was just what I needed in my new life in a reimagined city. Since my first assigned adventure (which really wasn’t my first), I have been empowered time and time again to get out there and do what I love doing. Because it is my time. Get the point? Ok. So, artist dates, rinse, repeat, and reap the benefits. If you want more details on what Julia would prescribe, see below. 

An Artist Date in Julia’s words:

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.