Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be revisiting some of my favorite blog posts from the past, and republishing the ones that are still relevant.
Here is one from August, 2011, To Thine Own Self Be True
When you perform- dance, act, sing- you are creating. You are molding a moment in time that can never be had again. It might be recorded, saved, whatever, but it will never HAPPEN again. You may not consider yourself a creator, but you are. You may be executing someone else’s movements or interpreting someone else’s words. You may be under the direction of someone else. BUT. You are the do-er- You are creating the moment for the audience.
No one else will have the opportunity. No one else will do it in the way you will. So, make it yours. Create your little creature and share it. Be true to your soul. Don’t acquiesce that responsibility to a director, choreographer, whoever. By all means, follow directions, take your notes, do your job. And then, create an experience to share with your audience.
I've come to realize that this isn't just true in theatre. It's true in life. Your life is your creation. Whether you work for someone else or yourself, you're bringing skills, experience and insights that no one else has your particular combination of.
You are creating a moment in time to share with those around you. Make it the best.