The Girl with the Edinburgh Tattoo

Enjoy yourself – it's later than you think!

About

I’m Sonya Nemec and my Girl with the Edinburgh Tattoo blog contains views and reviews of all things cultural and political – local and international –  with words of inspiration and encouragement posted regularly as well  – so keep visiting, you may just find something you like.

However once a year – like a version of Brigadoon – the blog bursts into life by providing an essential guide to the Edinburgh Free Fringe. To give you a quick summary The Fringe used to be the avant-garde bad boy to the official Edinburgh Festival. The Fringe has now eclipsed the Festival and some say it’s become the official one being a bit predictable and pricing out performers and audiences alike. I agree and in my opinion the Free Fringe captures the true spirit of the original Fringe. So every August I put all other commitments aside and go on a Free Fringe reviewing frenzy. My reviews are honest, independent and don’t use a star rating system. My main concerns are helping FF-goers make an informed choice as well as helping the great shows get the audiences they deserve.

During the rest of the year I work as a creative partner and consultant with Lone Head Records. I specialise in independent publishing and advise on the whole process from artistic creation to promotion. Examples of my own work can be found on Amazon Kindle.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sonya-Nemec/e/B00C0APLTI

My other job is teaching English as a foreign/second language to residential students here in Edinburgh using the total immersion technique.

My heritage is Scottish/English on my mum’s side and Czech on my dad’s. She was born in Edinburgh, became a dancer and toured with ENSA; he was a mime-artist, contortionist and general clown who came from a long line of Czech Variety artists. They hooked up and toured the world in various shows. They also did their take on The Princess and the Frog – my mum was the beautiful princess and – yes – my dad was the frog, but he also turned into the handsome prince! After they settled down and raised me I took the opposite route of running away to join the circus or the theatre and instead embarked on a series of grey jobs and various paths of study.

However there is a happy beginning (not end) to my story as a few years ago  I embraced my own motto: ‘Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think’ and started working for myself. Not always easy, but – like life – it’s better than the alternative!

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey! Just leaving a comment here bc couldn’t see how to get in touch – very much appreciate the review, and so you know the other American Jewish fellow’s name is Alex Edelman (he’s a friend of mine, we stick together you know). Thanks again!

  2. Hi Sonia thank you for all the lovely and supportive feedback I am really enjoying your website x @missdcomedy

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