A lot can happen in a year.
I finished writing a play … I received a few rejections on the same play! I secured some of the best meets of my career so far, I called my GP because I was concerned about my mental wellbeing, I made progress in my Meisner acting class, I went full time in my office job for 7 months, I did the GOT tour in Croatia! I gave some serious thought to giving up acting, I met a very smooth individual, I went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time, I decided to stop using chemicals to straighten my hair, I was consciously sedated, I wasn’t chosen for any of the creative initiatives I applied for, I had an idea for a fantastic new arts and wellbeing project, I was almost stood up on a Hinge date, I began two great projects with some great actor/writers, my work was selected for two festivals…
So … how was your year?
On the one hand, it feels like the year was blah because it went by so quickly. It’s like I blinked and three hundred and fifty five days passed by – just like that. At the same time there were some incredible moments of fast track, revelation and love. I loved Nicholas Hytner’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre this year. I loved everyone in it too. I loved Ava DuVernay’s mini-series When They See Us, though it wasn’t an easy watch and I cried through a lot of it – it was a necessary watch.
This year I took up more hours in my non-creative job. I found it hard to balance this with my creative work. I haven’t been as present with you this year as I would have wanted but … soul still in tack, I still got love for the act (as well as the cheesy jokes/bars I like to throw in my blog posts as you can see lol).
I read one of the best books ever this year, like ever. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey turned my world the right way up and got me thinking positively about life, my life. I wholeheartedly recommend you read this book at some point, especially if you’re feeling stuck, as I was.
So bruv, I’m tired. I’m Grannies been up since dawn, cooking rice, and peas and Ox Tail, clean up the whole yard and need to si down tiad! I don’t think I’m the only one though. I think that a lot of people are ‘over it’ at the moment. Bring on that Turkey, or Vegan substitute!
But (yes, I started my sentence with a but) before we get stuck in and carried away by the wave of festivities, I do think it’s important to realise that a lot can (and, in fact, may) already have happened this year. I think it’s important to pause and take a moment. Universal laws mean that there will be losses, as well as some wins. I believe it’s OK to chill and think about both for a bit, and after we’ve given thanks, after we’ve given a voice to the things most deserving of attention, let’s get up, lets posture ourselves to rise again.
In under a week we will be face to face with a new decade – a new decade! People will be sending ‘new chapter … & it’s a blank page’ picture messages via Whatsapp any day now.
A lot can happen in a year.
Remember this when you feel like you didn’t start on time, that you don’t have enough time, or that time has been lost. Remember this if you receive a rejection email or phone call, if you don’t get a part you really want, if you miss out on a commission, or a deal you really wanted falls through.
Finally, may every day of 2020 bring us closer to achieving everything we set our hearts & minds to.
Much Love TAORA Productions x
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