Archive for July 8, 2017

Keep calm & wait

Just hear me out…

Dear Gentle Reader,HOW ARE YOU??

I cannot believe how long it has been since my last post.  It didn’t seem like that long ago. My apologies!😳

I guess I was stressing myself out over Catch Me If You Can more than I thought! Even Opening Night was unnerving.😱 I think I added to my collection of gray hairs over the last three weeks. But that isn’t what I wanted to muse about today.  I will certainly be talking about CMIYC soon.  Let me add it to my bullet journal…  for tomorrow.  DONE!✔️

On my drive to rehearsal for Funny Thing… Forum, I heard a song that recalled a conversation that I had with a former coworker which inevitably wormed its way through all the different posts/articles/reviews/conversations that I have read/heard/had with others.

The theme of those interactions basically boiled down to a kind of “I can do it better” mentality. 😮 I recall that one of my friends kind of gave me a smirk of “oh sure” or “yeah, right” when I told them in all honesty that I don’t understand that line of thinking.  Yes, I do say things about an actors’/directors’ choices but NEVER with the thought that I would have done the project better.  First, it is hard enough to do either of those jobs. I find encouraging is a much more enjoyable feeling. Second, if I auditioned and didn’t get the part, the director had something in mind that I didn’t fit. Secondly, if I didn’t audition, I would think it is kind of egotistical to assume that I would have done better.  Maybe I wouldn’t’ve even been offered the role – which takes us back to the second reason.

I, in all sincerity, make critiques with curiosity. I want to know why a certain choice was made.  I try and play out all the different versions in my head but maybe there was something I didn’t know that created the choice in question.

I welcome criticism and critiques because I want to always improve, but I don’t feel that tearing someone down is beneficial.  I’ve experienced it school and hated that, so I would never want to make someone feel that way. The funny thing about school was that they thought the tearing down would solve the issue that I was quick to finish my work and help out my classmates.  LOL  Ah, good times, good times!

Well, Dear Reader, I must away to the theater for another performance of CMIYC.🎭What do you think of the whole “I can do it better” line of thinking?  Have you caught yourself in that mode? Leave me a comment and lemme know.  Don’t be shy.  We’re all friends here. 👍

As always, Gentle Reader, thanks for reading.

UPDATE: Some people have asked if this was in regards to something someone said about me. Nope.  I can’t help how people feel about what I do, but I hope I do it well enough so they understand what I did. It just bums me out that the most common way of thinking is that the performer didn’t do what was asked of them and that somehow the “critic” could step in and do it better.
I just want to be inspired by my fellow performers.  If something is odd, I want to know why that choice was made because maybe I missed something (which is HIGHLY likely.) I don’t ever want to be the kind of person who believes I am better then anyone else because we all bring something different to the table.
*end of rant* 😏