Food for Thought: Seat Fillers.
Actions speak louder than words. So even in silence and pain, hold your head up high. Let the tears fall but then wipe them away. I once read somewhere “if you have tears in your eyes, how can you see the stars”?
Vulnerability is a very sensitive and touchy subject to tap into nowadays. However, I want to open up this forum for us. Food for thought: Sometimes you have to look at where you came from and realize if this moment of turmoil and sadness matters in the whole span of it all? Does it matter? Do the people who hurt you matter? Does this one moment in your life matter? If yes, then you must recognize it as a building stone.
Think about seat fillers for award shows…stay with me here. They are placed in the theater to give the illusion of presence and fullness. Just like the purpose of a seat filler, there are people in our lives that are just there for “fluff”: their purpose is to cushion and comfort you in this particular moment or season. Yet, honestly you must be able to delineate their purpose. I am speaking on people rather than specific situations because as artists much of our creative progression and methods depends on the collaboration of others. By truly defining what the other is and their purpose can provide some peace in your life shifts.
No I am not saying to go and start eradicating people from your life but moreso be cognizant of others and their energy. Let this be a lesson: not all moments are meant to be a part of your lifespan. Some are just space fillers.
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Public Vs. Private.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Nowadays, a simple tweet, pic, or even status update on your social networking site can speak a “1000 comments” or opinions. And all of that is based on one action of yours. And as you go on and meet more people and cross paths in the world… Be aware of what your presence says about you. As artists we may get to a point in which we want acknowledgment for our craft and along with the goodness of your art/content, it may get twisted up in all the comments and opinions that you exposed yourself to. Don’t let the choices of today be the embarrassment of tomorrow. Continue reading
Ask yourself this: How many things have you sacrificed for the sake of others?
Or how many things have you sacrificed for your past? Truly think about it.
My past. Things that I thought was let go of and then…something triggers them back to the surface. As an actor, some may argue that it is not a healthy approach to performing when one substitutes their own life experiences for character development. I am on the fence about that approach. Personally, I have used the technique introduced by Ivana Chubbuck of ‘substitution’. Substitution is endowing the other actor in the scene with a person from your real life.
So nevertheless, this goes to the point of knowing about taking care of yourself. To others, they may not understand why you made the choices that you did or the sacrifices you made but as long as YOU know is what matters. I always say Continue reading