One of my assignments this semester is to create an artist’s website. As I already have one I thought it was a bit odd, but since I haven’t been using this one much I thought this might be a good time to renew the lease, so to speak. The revamp has been on-going (really, not-going) for a long time. I didn’t feel like posting when I didn’t feel the ‘look’ was right. But who cares? Really, it’s more about me getting it out on the page on a more consistent basis. So here I am, rambling to the ether-net.
I haven’t posted in a long time, and that bothers me. I do want to write more often. I want this site to be an expression and an outlet. I want my voice to exist here and to be able to feel that I have a channel, a medium that is mine. I sometimes hold back because maybe I don’t have anything inspired or inspiring to say at the moment. But that’s not necessarily the point of this site.
The site will be going through a little bit of a redesign as I move things around. Please be patient with me!
I have been extremely lazy about posting. But that should be obvious, as my last post was nine months ago.
Truth be told I felt somewhat disheartened over the winter. It happens to all of us at times. And it happened to me.
I can blame many things, but at the end of the list of excuses is the simple fact that I’ve been lazy.
There’s been a discussion recently in the theatre community, the discussion of social media and it’s integration into what we do.
There have been many great points presented, from both sides, that of marketing and spreading awareness, word of mouth; and that of tradition and respect for the art, and whether or not you can truly be experiencing something and tweeting about it at the same time.
We do some incredible things to protect our egos.
We can weave the most fantastic, cock-and-bull stories to convince ourselves of anything, good or bad.
Today I want to talk specifically about acting, and auditioning, and the weird blend between when you don’t get something and it’s not about you, and you do get something and it is about you. To do this properly I’m going to delve into a bit of psychology. I promise it won’t be boring.
I love Danielle LaPorte and her writing, she is a goddess of inspiration. That was why I decided to do her Burning Questions series on my blog, because she asks the right questions. However, since my leave of absence, I’ve fallen behind a bit, so I have quite a few questions to catch up on. Thus, this blog will be a little busier while I do that. Enjoy!
Inspiration comes in many forms and disguises.
But waiting for inspiration to come along is a bit like waiting for lightning to strike.
Often when I talk to people about creating their own projects, they’re excited at first, but that excitement quickly sinks under the weight of responsibility. They have jobs, they have families, they have social lives, they have habits that they’re not willing to give up or let go of, and so their work goes unfinished, in many cases un-started, because they hope that one day all these things will simply melt away and they’ll be able to make that something that’s been gnawing at them.
Anyone else heard these before?
“It’s been a rough year.”
“Things are slow right now.”
“10 years ago…”
This comment has been getting such great attention on Facebook that I thought it was only fair to repost it here. This is a response to David Ferry’s letter about the younger generation, original post here: http://praxistheatre.com/2012/07/an-open-letter-to-the-newer-generations-of-toronto-theatre-artists-from-one-of-the-old-farts/
Dear David Ferry:
Putting aside the fear of never being hired again, here’s my response.