Even If A Door Closes And Another Isn’t Around…

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Dearest Reader,

Today, I got that dreaded email that no actor likes to get: the good old “Thanks, but no thanks.” ūüėü

I promised myself the year off. So really, for me nothing has changed. However, as I have been really unmotivated to work on learning new monologues or audition songs, I have spent most of my time doing research, hanging out with friends and seeing shows. On top of that, I have become a professional napper. ūüėī¬†Yes, yes. A NAPPER! Me, the guy who can’t sleep at night because of fears and wants and a whole lot of whatnot.¬† This has put me in a mindset of “I’ll get to it later.” I am beginning to wonder if this time off thing was a bad idea.

So while I may have been given a “T/NT” letter, I still get my year off AND I soon get to announce what my kick off project for 2019 is going to be. ūüĎŹūüĎŹūüĎŹ(That reminds me, I gotta look into some swing dance classes…)

I also think I lost a bit of my magic at the end of March that involved a high stress situation that we came across. Don’t worry, Good Reader, everything is ok now, but for a hot minute we were a little panicked.

Now, I get to be panicked about other things! Yay and Boo all at the same time. ūüėāūü§Įūü§™ Just like getting that letter, but not really having it make a difference. There needs to be a hashtag for that… So while I am disappointed, I need to keep my mind focused on what I set out to do at the very start of all this and get back to it.

I now need to find a way to draw out what I had in me before March happened so I can finish that script! Maybe I need to go back to the source material and play with it. Like make it a game for now. I can record the different characters and listen to it for inspiration? That actually may be what I might do.

Thank you, Dear Reader! I knew you could help!

Until our paths cross again…

Opening Night on a Friday the 13????

This is gonna be scary/fun/exciting/anxiety-filling!!!!  Yes, all of those things rolled into one big night.

255722-250  IT OPENS TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are a multitude of emotions that are zipping through my head right now and ever since I opened my eyes this morning.

I am excited because we get to see what the show is like with people watching and seeing if everything we’ve done works like we are thinking it will.

I am nervous about making sure I’ve got all my cues and props right. ¬†And all the stairs.

I am happy because, in totality, these cast mates of mine and the show staff are a tremendous group of people.  Their onstage ethic is a joy to be around and their off stage personalities and kindnesses have made this process relatively stress-free.  Relatively because I stress myself out.   But I COULD NOT have asked for a better group of people to be on this journey with.

I am anxious because we all know there’s gonna be judgments. ¬†Ben Vereen was a master at this role and he did a magically amazing job. ¬†I am not Ben, so my interpretation is different, but I know there will be those people… ¬†Hell, I am sometimes one. ¬†Sigh… ¬†There’s nothing I can do about it, so I shall say, let the judging commence. ¬† It does help the our music director worked some magic of his own on the show. ¬†You will have to see it to find out what I mean.

I am grateful to the staff for believing that I can pull this off.

I have been asked to explain this show to TONS of people. ¬†It is such a hard thing to do. ¬†But here’s my take on it.

Pippin is trying to find the ONE thing that will be completely fulfilling. ¬†We all know there is no such thing. ¬†We have to put our best into every opportunity we are given which is what the Leading Player provides. ¬†The only thing you can really find fulfilling is looking back on your accomplishments in your twilight years knowing that you were a good person who helped people and set a good example. ¬†In our current age of “Gimme Instant Fame” we forget this. ¬†¬†Does he learn his lesson? ¬†You will have to come and see. ¬† Get your tickets here: ¬†Sunnyvale Players¬†¬†I think the majority of the Goldstar tickets are sold. ¬†There may be one or two for later in the run.

Because there is SO much to do today, I have to keep this short.

I honestly hope that you do come out and support local theatre. ¬†See a show, even if it isn’t ours. ¬†Support those people on stages that put their hearts and souls into something that affects people. ¬†You are supporting the oldest form of entertainment, storytelling. ¬†Keep this in mind whichever performance you see this weekend. ¬†And now, I shall be off. ¬†After all…

‚ô™‚ôę We’ve got magic to do, just for you

As we go along… ‚ô©‚ô©‚ô¨

Success Formula…

H [I(O + C) (F + P)] + T + K= S

Opportunities and Chances are only part of how one creates Success.

One may argue that¬†Opportunity¬†and¬†Chances¬†are one and the same. ¬†I think they are slightly different. ¬†The best way I can explain why I think they are different is like this: A¬†Chance¬†is like an audition. ¬†You are going into this with the same likelihood of success as the next person. ¬†So, let’s say ¬†you now have the part. ¬†You have to take advantage of this¬†Opportunity¬†to grow it into another either Chance or Opportunity.

This must be coupled by Fearlessness and Passion so strong that they complement each other rather than get in each other’s way.

The ability to be vulnerable is where Fearlessness comes into play. ¬†In theatre, being able to be completely open and ¬†honest requires that one must shed all their “normal” defense behaviors and habits that one has acquired in order to develop the thick skin they need for this business. ¬†When you combine Passion to Fearlessness, it definitely makes becoming vulnerable so much easier. ¬†When you are so Passionate about what you do, you are willing to do anything you need to do in order to increase your Success rate. ¬†But note, there is a fine line with Passion and the chance of overstepping is high. ¬†Take care that you treat everyone with integrity and respect.

Now, once you multiply those factors together you have to take Inspiration and magnify those figures which then creates Confidence.  

I can’t stress how important it is that when the feeling of Inspiration strikes, you should honor it and create something. ¬†It doesn’t matter what it is. ¬†I created this post after watching the video above. ¬†Something about Lady Gaga just makes me want to either write or sew. ¬†Or sing. ¬†Since writing requires less set up and material, I chose it over sewing and I sing along with whatever is playing. ¬†But like I said it doesn’t really matter. It could be a quick sketch on a napkin. ¬†I have a beautiful inked one that I bought for a dollar while at a karaoke bar. ¬†See?¬†

If you do something like this, have the Artist sign it!

Once you have your confidence number, multiply that with Heart.  

No is a word that artistic people hear all the time. ¬†It’s incredibly hard to constantly be judged in order to make your dreams come true. ¬†Heart¬†is the thing that is going to keep you driven. ¬†Just like your heart is the organ that is vital in sustaining life in your body, ¬†your¬†Heart¬†is going to keep you fighting to obtain your dreams. So when your tired of being shot down for not being/believing/looking/loving like the mainstream thinks you should, let your¬†Heart¬†help you to keep going and reaching down even when you think you have scraped the bottom of your resources. ¬†This will also be the way to judge what is wrong and right for you.

Next, you take your answer and add Talent to the mix.  Now Talent comes in varying degrees as does all things, but if you are lacking in one area, you can make up for it in O, C, F, or P.  Clearly, not everyone out there is that successful is Talented.  For good measure, make sure you do your homework, Knowledge,  and learn as much about your vocation of choice as you can since it will only help you.  All of this equals Success.

And I wish you much Success!!