The WORLDS A STAGE!!
Yeah whatever. But it is your oyster. You see, the only thing we know for a fact about the dramas of life is that there is no rehearsal and there are no repeats No reruns. No press pause, “can I just put the kettle on for a brew.”
THIS. IS. IT!
And the amazing thing about performance is that there is almost no point trying to recreate life. All you can do is learn your art, play it to the best of your ability and bring fresh life to it every time.
If you’re a performer already you will know what its like to experience the rush of a good show and the depression of a bad one. If you’re not, then …. well, just imagine it being a gorgeous day outside the window and by the time you’ve got your halter neck, or shorts and flip flops on and you get to the front door, it’s a hail storm. (Don’t you just hate it when that happens!)
Now multiply that transition of emotions by 5 to up to 50 million and you’ll be getting close to what the roller coaster from euphoria to devastation can feel like. That can be one day in the schizophrenic head of a modern day performer. No disrespect intended but “bipolar” comes to mind. Just look at this mask →
Need I say more. But it depends on your adrenaline levels, really, how many times you’ve experienced the situation and your ability to stay in control and to not reach for the drink or the drugs to maintain the high or to fight off the low. I’m not condoning it, I’m just being real about what comes with the territory of being in the entertainment business.
My advice. Got to protect yourself with good people and have a tight a plan. Stick closely to both of them and then you won’t go down the Amy Whinehouse route. Bless her cotton socks.
On the real side though, the business has little to do with the creativity. At least it should. Just stay true to yourself, to the craft and graft. As the other saying goes. “It’s 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” And the fun had along the way – those eureka moments, those unexplainable I-was-so-happy-I-nearly-peed-in-my-pants moments – those are stories for the grand kids.
Anyway, this is the first blog from the Performer as part of “SECURITY – A ONE WOMAN SHOW PROJECT”. I’m a regular contributor to the site so check me out on by clicking HERE.