Sometimes you read something that rings like a bell to your soul -- direct from the Source.
"At any age, rebellion can make us feel ostracized from the group, turning us into the so-called black sheep of our family or community. But the black sheep are the artists, visionaries and healers of our culture, because they are the ones willing to call into question those places which feel stale, obsolete, or without integrity. The black sheep stirs up the good kind of trouble. Her very life is a confrontation with all that has been assumed as tradition. Her being different serves to bring the family or group to consciousness where it has been living too long in the dark. As the idiom implies, she is the wayward one in the flock. Her life’s destiny is to stand apart. But paradoxically, it’s only when she honours that apartness that she finally fits in."
Read this article for more of the good stuff -- from Your Rebellion is Necessary by Toko-pa Turner.
Many of us tend to err on the side of being people pleasers. I don't have to explain this. If you are a "good girl" (perhaps not PC now but this was the jargon when I was growing up) you should care about what people think about you and you should work on making sure that you are doing all you can to make sure you are well-liked. A dear friend just yesterday told me a story about her father -- how he told her the most important thing was "to have people like you." So how then do we reconcile this with our other side, the wild side -- the personality trait of an artist/rebel?
Be wild and free, fellow theatre-makers. Break 'em! <3
I'm a southern gal with liberal politics who has worked my ass off and sacrificed a lot in order to be a working regional theatre actor. There are lots of working actors who are out here grinding without begin famous. And we consider that we have already MADE it. I really like to tell stories and solve the puzzle of the text. I LOVE untangling scripts and unlocking characters. I really give a damn about the planet and am an avid gardener. I love to get my hands dirty. I am completely fascinated by fellow journey(man) actors and how we survive and thrive. Ballin' on a budget, Baby. http://www.rachelburttram.com/