I have had quite a few amazing weeks. First I got to see Pasek and Paul and then last week I got to see Alan Menken. I got to perform Hunchback six times last week and rehearse for Sister Act twice. I submitted a couple chapters of my book to an old professor who wants to help me flourish and work shopped a creative nonfiction piece in one of my classes. AND I have an audition coming up on Saturday.
I am insanely busy, but things are going SO well. One thing that helped me the past couple weeks was the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. I think I saw this book on an Instagram story of a friend and I bought it on a whim. It was FANTASTIC. I highly recommend reading it if you are creative in anyway. She talked about writing a lot, which appealed to me, but she also talked about acting and painting; really anything creative. It was eye opening and inspiring.
One point in the book that stuck with me was not forcing things to come of your creativity. Don’t put the added pressure on yourself that you have to earn a living with your art. Yes, it would be nice to support yourself doing something you love, but chances are slim that that will happen, so why stress yourself out? Working a normal job is just fine if you can still find time to work on your own stuff and then you don’t feel the added weight of needed to earn a butt load of money from your art. Yes, I want to be a successful author, but even Gilbert didn’t quit her day job until she’d published three books.
Acting. I know I am not going to earn a living there. It is nice to get paid for it some times, but I do it because I love it. I do it for the rush it gives me, the opportunity to sing my heart out on stage, and the people I get to meet and entertain. I should feel the same about writing. I want to have a best seller, but I should be writing for me. I should write because I have a story I like and I need to put on paper. Get to the root of your desires and you’ll find that you have no choice but to work towards them.
These past two creative weeks have been great for me. I feel like I am living my best life when it comes to creativity and I couldn’t be happier. Find you passion and help it thrive. You’ll thank yourself for it later.