Sometimes, things fall through the cracks. Sometimes the hard journey through the cracks is the best one that can be taken as an artist. Enduring the pull and stretch can be just what is needed to help create a fresh perspective or an authentic moment that can take art to the next level.
…the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. [Ecclesiastes 9:11]
Time and chance happens to us all — an equalizer of sorts. Knowing that, it is a little easier to decide that no matter what we go after, we have the right to expect the end result to take us some place intriguing – some place that will allow us to grow. We must remember that how we view our world has a lot to do with how we manage in our world. One can be so wrapped up in the circumstances that the result can be overshadowed. But end results are like mistakes, everyone makes them; it is not if you will make a mistake but when you make a mistake, it’s how you recover that matters most.
So, the best results can come after the worst experiences as lack luster ones can come after the greatest fanfare. However they come, one must be aware and celebrate them. Or, you’ll miss the fact that after days on edge trying to cast your play for a reading, you have the best talkback of your life. Does the struggle overshadow the win? It shouldn’t. Does the win overshadow the struggle? It should.
I just had a reading at a festival that was a challenge getting everything in place. However, the last minute casting got me actors and non actors that really felt my play and discussed it up to an hour after the reading. And they went deep — both actors and audience members.
I came away feeling that I had conquered the world… The end result made it all worth it. I think had there not been a challenge, in this instance, my end result would have been less spectacular…and less exactly what I needed to for my piece.