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Hello Gentle Reader!!

I hope you have been keeping safe and healthy. I have been hermitting (is that a verb?) {I guess since “friending” is a verb now, I don’t see how hermitting can’t be far behind thanks to quarantine.}

Turkey Day has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner. Have any of you had a hard time finding footing this second round surge of COVID cases? I will be fine for two weeks, very nearly productive and everything, but then I hit this wall of “tireds” that seems to come from nowhere. I don’t know if it is just a shut down because I have TOO MANY choices of what I can do, or if it is another form of depression. I just lay on the couch and sleep. My head screams, get up and get going, but my body just wants to be still. The cold is not really an issue for me, so it isn’t because I am all warm and cuddly as I am vegging out. As I write this, I have all the windows wide open welcoming in the crisp cool breeze that is softly circulating through the apartment. There was even a handful of times that I had inspiration to write, but then I found myself on the couch surfing TV but not really watching anything.

I marvel at the battle that was within.

I am fascinated that my very nature of not wanting to waste time doing nothing gets defeated by this “something” that I don’t even comprehend. I am sure I have mentioned that I can’t binge stuff because I feel like I am wasting time. After two, MAYBE three episodes, I have to get up and do something, anything. Yet, I wasn’t “seeing” things on TV and I wasn’t feeling anything other than lack of feeling. The amount of apathy that I had while on my own was astounding.

Dear Reader, it makes me wonder what is going to happen when the world finally returns to something similar to what we used to know. Will I want to get back out and do the activities that I used to enjoy? Will I want to go out and have drinks? Will I want to spend any more time outside that I absolutely need to? All of these questions make me REALLY apprehensive of the big question that looms in my brain… Will I want to audition anymore?

Honestly, I don’t even know.

The future is full of unknowns. That is really scary.

It is also full of potential. That really gives me hope.

“I wanna be where the people are. I wanna see, see them dancing.”

I wanna be dancing too! One thing I never give up on is love. I honestly believe that when there is nothing, we fight for love. Not just physical love, but any kind of love/passion, and as we head into a new year, with a NEW PRESIDENT!!!! YAY!!!!, and the potential for two vaccines, I have hope. My fingers are crossed, Kind Reader, that with hope comes that drive that I had before my world got lonely.

Until next time… Please stay safe, Sweet Reader. I am wishing all the best to you and your families along with the happiest of holiday wishes just in case I hit that wall again and don’t make it back on until 2021. I send love and positivity to you all.

More notes from the SF conference…Pt 2

I got to see the beginning of great clip of Ben Cameron talking about his passion for the Arts. ¬†Sadly, 5 minutes into it, they had to turn it off because it was time to move on to the next phase of the conference. ¬†In the auditorium, one could hear me yell “Noooo!” ¬†It was getting interesting, and we ran out of time… ran out of time! ¬†Luckily, it was very easy to find on the youtube. ¬†Yay!

This is a must see for anyone who has a love for the Arts. ¬†He brings up a really interesting parallel between the religious reformation and its use of media and the opportunities for the Arts and the use of social media and technology. ¬†I found it really fascinating and insightful. ¬†My favorite thing he says is about “conspiring.”

Enjoy!

(Yeah, what he said!)

 

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!!