So this started as a debate with my hubby. When you spend as much time as we do in the theater, you pick up habits that carry over into your regular life. I know you get this...And one of these "carry-overs" for me is sneezing. Backstage noise is a real pet peeve for me. Please be mindful if you are back there! We are ALL working hard to create an illusion here and if suddenly there are noises coming from the great beyond, the gig is up. I once read that it takes 7-10 minutes for an audience to come back to the play if there is an interruption -- cell phones, dropped props from the wings, closing stage doors...So needless to say when I am back there in the dark waiting to go on at the top or hanging till I get to join in on the action, I do my damnest to keep it quiet. At all costs. This includes training myself to keep my sneezing quiet. I know!!! I know!!! It is really bad for you. Well I know now. Yesterday morning, Bren gave me a real talkin' to regarding this subject and told me just how bad it is for me. Well of course, I told him I would do a little research and get back to him with my findings...Turns out he was right. Sort of. Depending on who you read...But I don't think I will chance it. Better to err on the side of caution. Holding in a sneeze is REALLY bad for you. Here is what I found...
Sneezes are clocked at over 100mph. WHAT? Who knew? So if you hold it in or hold it back where is all that pressure going? Turns out it is going into your ear canal. It not only could rupture your ear drums, cause hearing loss over time, cause vertigo, or rupture blood vessels in your eyes, and if that wasn't enough, it could also give you ear infections. Hmmmm. Weird. I get ear infections pretty frequently for a grown up. It could even cause injury to your diaphragm! OH! NO! That's my inner microphone...I can't mess around with that... I am not sure what to do with this information. This is not good for me. For any of us!!! I mean what are we supposed to do now when we are backstage and feel the urge to sneeze?? Well come to find out, Dr. Alan Wild at LiveScience. com and trusty WebMD give
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/