I was thinking the other day about my career choice. My choice of a life in the Performing Arts. I do honestly wake up everyday and feel very grateful to be a woman who is working in theatre consistently. I find though, when your job is also your passion it changes the way that you live your life. I think there are a lot of people in the world who go to work everyday from 9 to 5, have weekends off (what a concept) and get 3 weeks paid vacation every year. Wow, how different that is from me. Not just different because of the hours, but different because of the amount of time that is spent NOT thinking about work. Time spent with family and friends. I think that family and relationships are the priority in most people’s lives… that work (even if they LOVE their job) is exactly that…WORK. Dictionary definitions: WORK: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result; activity as a means of earning income; employment, task or tasks to be undertaken; something a person or thing has to do.
Well, when your work is also your passion it seems to no longer fall under the category of “work”.
This is a positive thing, but it is also a negative thing. Artists spend so much time wondering what the next role will be. They travel from city to city making fast friends with people who they only spend 6 weeks with until they’re off to meet their next theatre family. This is a wonderfully exciting adventurous life, but where is the stability in it? Everyone needs a little stability.
Well, I want to have it all! Haha! There, I said it. I’m greedy and I want it all. I want to keep working on my craft and doing theatre for a living, but I want to have stability, too. I want to know in my heart, and I do, that if it came down to “work” which is what it is, and my family that I would choose family. It doesn’t make me any less passionate about what I do, or mean that I won’t keep working hard to move up in the business. But, it does mean that I’ll have LIFE experiences to talk about in my old age and not just work ones. As exciting as my job is, it can’t be EVERYTHING. I hope most actors who feel that winning that TONY is number one come to this conclusion, too. Think how much more you’ll have to bring to that Tony Award winning role if you allow yourself to experience life. Real life… unscripted.