"Actor, Writer, Whatevers are a tribe of people who didn't fit in elsewhere, yet it seems I was separated from my tribe and raised by wolves. Stumblin...more"Actor, Writer, Whatevers are a tribe of people who didn't fit in elsewhere, yet it seems I was separated from my tribe and raised by wolves. Stumbling, awkward wolves."
Holy crap, it's like she broke into my brain.
See, I'm one of the ones who "have been defeated. Have sold out. Have traded dreams for creature comforts." Or maybe I just had to give up what I love to make sure we have food on the table. Cause I'm sure as hell not going to be finding paying work in Nowhere AL.
I do love this book though. Don't get me wrong, that particular sentence was a little harsh. But I get the rest of it so much. I've never done the live in New York and sell your soul for an interview thing, but I never much had the resume for it. But working your ass off day after day, knowing that whatever you do right then is what everyone will be judging you on when they're looking for a certain type of person, a certain style? Been there, done that. Got the diploma, but not the t-shirt.
"But it wasn't all fairy-tale endings in the Book of Face. Facebook can be an artist's worst enemy. It's the world's most perfect facilitator of procrastination."
My sewing machine is set up. It's in there, waiting for me to take the time to go do what I love. And occasionally, I do. But all the things I could be doing instead tend to get more attention. I mean, someone has to make sure my crops aren't failing! And by the time I realize, oh crap, I wanted to do this list of other things, it's usually 3AM.
"A mindset exists that unless what you do makes you money, there's no value in it. Nuns and priests get religious exemptions. But artists, community organizers, and stay at home parents are not respected for pursuing their calling instead of the dollar."
And maybe that's why so many of feel we need to be something different, do something better. I'd work on community theatre jobs all day long if we didn't need the money. No pay in most cases, but my heart would be 110% in it every day. And that would make me happy. And happy moms have happy kids. ;)
Here's the thing, I know people who have "made it." One of the guys I went to college with, he was the casting director for the Tony Award winning Best Musical. This year. 2014. Go look him up, I'll give you a second. One of my best friends from college is the production manager for BCT. It is possible to make it in Alabama. But you've got to put in all the work. And as much as I want to be a "Whatever" I don't have the time to put that work in. Life got in the way.
"Talented people who have "made it" think of themselves as lucky. Lucky people think of themselves as talented. Put that on a five by five card and laminate it."
I'm neither. But I can be okay with that. It's not good, it's not bad, it just is.
Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry) is a fantastic book. For anyone who has ever dreamed of wanting something MORE, being better than the rest, or simply shining. Because we can't all be stars, but we don't have to settle for mediocre either.
I received a free copy of this book to review via Goodreads Giveaways.(less)