It's easy to get lost in the big dreams - the major goals - and forget to celebrate the small victories.
Small steps add up, and each one is a step closer to the big dream. The key is to embrace every victory and never, ever give up.
It's time to change my perspective.
Recently, I stumbled onto an article about being a writer, more specifically knowing when you have become a writer. Even after writing several plays and books, I still struggle to see myself as a writer. Because I am too focused on the big goals. Too focused on whether or not I am talented. This article brought up a great Stephen King quote from his book, On Writing.
"If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented." - Stephen King
Am I talented? If I go by this quote, the answer is yes, so I'm going to agree with my favorite author and stop worrying about it. Worrying is a waste of energy.
I'm pretty excited because a couple of my plays are being performed around the U.S. An Empress, A Faun, and... Olive Loaf? is being performed in Texas and West Virginia. It's been produced several times before, including a couple productions in Australia. I love seeing different interpretations of my words. It's thrilling. This is one (awesome) version of my script.
One of my self-published plays, The Worst Play Ever, is having it's debut in Illinois. I'm very excited about this one. I love this show so much, and I'm glad others will get to enjoy it. I can't wait to see what they do with it!
Small steps. Big dreams. I am so grateful to be able to share my stories.
Today is the last dress rehearsal for Greedy Greta Visits Christmas Town. I love this show. We had our first dress last night with lights, sound, costumes, and props. It was great. Things didn't go perfectly, but I didn't expect them to. That's the whole purpose of rehearsal. Figure out the problems and fix them before opening night.
I'm very excited to have people see this show. I put it on once before with my middle school students, and it was really good. Now, we have a bigger cast, a budget, and appropriately aged actors for every part. I'm really grateful for my cast. They're all talented and hard working, and hopefully they are enjoying the show as much as I am. They're going to be amazing.
My tech people are amazing, too. It looks and sounds fantastic. I couldn't ask for a better team. They've all worked really hard, and it is so nice to be able to delegate tasks and trust that everyone is going to get it done. Makes my job a lot less stressful.
This show makes me happy. I hope it makes the audience happy, too.
Last night was the first performance of The Christmas Spark, a play I wrote and directed for my after school theater group. The cast is composed of students from 3rd-8th grade, and it's been a crazy rehearsal process. We had five rehearsals. Five. Most of the kids are young and new to theater. For some of them it was their first play. They did a great job, and the show went really well. I'm very proud of them. They're little professionals.
We have one more show tonight, and I know some of them will be experiencing their first post-show let down. Last night, I watched another first.
The best part of being in a show is being backstage. Hanging out and getting ready for the show. The whispered jokes backstage during the show. For many of them last night was a completely new experience. I am usually running sound or lights during a performance, but I was backstage for this one. I got to watch them from across the stage, and it reminded me of my first shows. It's so much fun, and I love being able to provide that experience for kids. It's one of the best parts of my job.
I'm looking forward to tonight's performance. This has been a very fun cast, and I am excited to have so many new and talented students. Any time I start to stress I have to stop and remember how lucky I am. I love what I do, and I am so grateful for that.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.