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And of course I forgot the obvious- there are times where it is awesome and magic, and that is what you try and remember when it gets hard. Because you really believe that the hard parts are just temporary.
Hmmmm... in some ways I agree. But I also think it's too simple. Noone goes into it thinking that they will experience the sheer frustration that it can be. And once you get to that place, it isn't easy to just decide not to do it anymore. It's like when people say "You CHOSE to be a movie star. Don't complain when your whole life is in front of a camera. Don't complain about TMZ. Just stop being a movie star." Noone (except for the occasional gold digger) gets married thinking they will get divorced. They get married because they love the other person, they love the life they have created together. They fit. It's easy to stay "don't stay at a job if it eats at your soul." But if it is providing insurance for your family, or food for your table, or a way for you to be able to make art without worrying about money, it is not so simple to walk away. It takes just as much time and effort as staying sometimes. And when you TOOK the job, you may not have had children, a dance company to support, an illness that needs insurance, or an art studio that you borrowed money for to keep afloat. On the other hand, just the other day, after hearing a heart-breaking story about child murdered by his mother, I did think to myself, "If you aren't ready for children, don't have them. They are not angels that are going to give you hugs and kisses and tell you how much they love you every 5 minutes. They are hard work; they spill things, they say they hate you, they run out in the street, they jump on your balls. If you aren't ready for it, don't have them." I don't know what the answer is, but I just don't think it's as simple as "Just don't do it."
Amen! I actually think this is the most brilliant blog post of yours that I have read. 2 points to add: 1) Theatre started in the church... so I think it's fitting that church be the closest comparison, although until now I've never heard anyone make it... 2) Even after you GET to the pulpit on Sunday, you need to RE-EARN your spot on Monday through Saturday... many people (in both the Arts world AND the Church world) think that once they get there, they can relax and let someone else do the work... I do use sports analogies a lot, though (thanks to Dad for that!), in my directing... it's amazing how clear-cut athletes objectives are, and how many times what an actor needs to focus on is "getting the ball down the field" or "protecting the goal."
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2009 on Savings Souls at The Mission Paradox Blog