We are into the middle of the month already, and I am not sure how that happened, but ONWARD!
As the academic year as begun, and audition season starts in full force, here come those questions again:
What do I want?
What do I need in order to do what I want?
Will my wants change if I really focus on my needs?
Am I willing to be honest enough to truly figure out what my needs are first in order to discover if my wants are actually viable?
It's time to take stock and question in order to find the answers and then put those answers into action!
Do you make lists?
Do you create a vision board?
Do you write in a journal?
What gives you a more focused and somewhat tangible accountability outside your own thoughts?
Whatever works for you, do it. This helps to keep things clear as you can stand with some distance and objectivity in order to create some order of the chaos!
There is no direct path - however, needs & wants when it comes to a balance of craft and business of show, should be there to bring each other into higher relief.
The clearer you are the more concise you can be to discover what you have to do to focus on those wants and needs and how they feed each other in a positive way.
Wanting to be a working actor or working singer, and being told you aren't ready because you refuse to acknowledge what you NEED to get there, isn't serving you. You are spinning your wheels, wasting time and probably money, and getting little of what you need and ultimately nothing that you feel you want.
I see too much "cart before horse" activity. As an example: if you are a dancer and your singing is holding you back, then do your research, find out who is teaching voice and will give you the tools (not the tricks) to SING WELL and find your voice and build the craft of voice to access what you NEED to be able to feel confident and strong walking into that callback or audition.
If part of what you NEED isn't developed enough, you've got to address it in order to access your craft more fully.
Don't use the crutches - throw them away and get to work!
If I tell you that I want to wear this gown, and can't because I am 20 pound heavier than I want to be and do nothing to get off my ass to lose those 20 pounds and just complain that I can't wear that gown - the responsibility is not on the business, or the gown, or the 20 pounds!
The responsibility is on ME!!!
How badly do I want to wear that gown? What do I need to do in order to do that?
Do I have what it takes to DO what I need to do in order to reach that goal and wear that gown? What is actually important to me? Wearing the gown? Taking off the weight? Feeling good and healthy? Just talking about it?
See where I am going?
Often we get cluttered in our wants/needs, and end up feeling overwhelmed, and then, do nothing, or give up.
Fall season is a chance to slow things down, go inward and start to get real with ourselves.
What are we doing?
What are we doing too much of? Why?
What are we wanting but not achieving?
What are we being told we need to do?
Are we looking into that?
Are we ignoring that?
Are we dismissing that?
Yes, sometimes it's bullshit. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes it will reveal what we really need to see. Always remember the source.
What are we afraid of?
What are we ready to claim?
And guess what, it's okay to say "I'm not ready to do that yet."
We have to be ready.
We have to be ready to identify the differences between needs and wants.
We have to be ready to dream.
We have to be ready to put action into acquiring those dreams.
We have to be ready to realize what those wants REQUIRE OF US.
We have to be ready to have an honest conversation with self, and seek out those who will be straight with us and help build us up - not tell us what we would like to hear in order to stay comfortable and complacent.
Write out what you want. Create a vision board. Work one want at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself.
Then start researching and discovering what you need in order to move you closer.
DESIRE your NEED, not just your want.
The journey and the work doesn't have to be overwhelming. In fact, committing to the realization of the NEED can be more fulfilling than you ever imagined.
The work can then illuminate the deeper truth of the want.
Dream, aspire, create the big picture.
Then desire and focus on the steps to create a journey that is uniquely yours and yours alone.
Desire the need.
Plant the seeds to fulfill your needs.
Watch what happens!
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