Thursday, January 16, 2014

On the New Year

Well, it's a new year.

I'm sure I'm by no means the first doofus whose reflective ramblings you've had to read about, but I'm gonna go ahead a vibe for awhile anyway, kay?

January tends to be the most optimistic part of every actor's year. It's the time where everybody starts trumpeting "Yeah! This is the year where I work hard and turn everything around!" And I include myself here.

But then again, not to sound too pessimistic, isn't that what I said last year? And the year before that?

One of the many things that make the life of the actor difficult is that there's always somebody that you know who seems to be better/more successful than you are. Therefore, it can make your own successes seem smaller or more insignificant by comparison. I'd like to posit that my New Year problem doesn't come from the fact that I'm not working hard enough, but that my own flawed perspective is telling me that the art I've made this year still isn't "good enough."

Sure, there is more work I could be doing, more avenues to explore that could potentially lead to more artistic success, but that's part of the joy. There's always room to explore and learn.

Let's work hard and dream big, but let's also celebrate what we have accomplished too, alright? Even if it's a small part in a short film or a play that Spielberg never sees, you're still out here doing what you love.

So don't forget to love it.