As 2009 comes to a close, it makes me think about why I chose the artistic path. I could have chosen any career I wanted, which many people around the world don’t have the luxury of doing. I was born into a still very lucky country where people can make their dreams come true no matter what they dream. We’ve had quite a blow with our economy and the depravation it has caused. And as much as the future includes possibilities, it also involves great fear. So on that thought, why would I choose a path that involves great uncertainty, and in a catastrophic recession to boot? Well, the dream far outweighs the obstacles.
People have told me the standard lines of “You’ll never make it,” “That’s a waste of your intelligence,” “What’s your back-up plan?” And I haven’t really come up with a great answer to any of them. But the point is: I shouldn’t have to. Us actors, playwrights, directors, etc. shouldn’t need to justify why we’re in this industry. There really isn’t any reasoning that would convince people who simply don’t understand. There are certainly people who love and support the arts. If you want to be in the entertainment industry, you have to put up with uncertainty, constant rejection, and sometimes, unemployment. You have to go through a lot for a moment of glory. But it means the world to me to create and be a part of something great, and have an audience cheering to boot. Everything about the stage and the screen fascinates me, and I would be miserable if I chose not to be a part of it.
Doing something “practical”, like accounting, would only be soul-crushingly boring. ( No offense to accountants. My cousin is one.) On that note, the only unfortunate part is having to have a day job if you’re not a working actor, director, etc., which for some people is being an accountant.
I love this industry so much that I could never leave it. And I hope to be greatly successful. You have to do what makes you happy no matter what. Life is too short to waste on not living your dreams. I’ll see you at the theatre.
In Go-Girls news, we have most of the rest of the cast. We still need to find a guy to play Brian. I’ll have the cast list up once it’s finalized.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!