In college, playwright, professor and overall awesome person Michael Bradford used to say to us “You all are so lucky. You get to do what you love EVERY. DAY. Most people in the real world don’t get to act, direct, or design every day. But you do.” And we’d all sigh, and lament behind our desks, dressed in sweatpants and smart-ass responses.
Here’s the thing…he was right! Of course, graduating from college is great, and being on your own and all is…great. ahem. BUT it’s true. the emphasis in college is on the craft, not on the business. I’ve definitely learned the business side on my own, but that’s not the point. The point is, we were invited to be imaginative, creative, and taught to find inspiration from past events in our lives, people we met, and the environment surrounding us.
When you get out on your own, sometimes it’s trickier to be inspired on your own.
Recently I sat down with a professor from college and two of my classmates from my Acting Class. We weren’t really getting together for any other reason than to catch up. Thomas, Glen (my classmates), and I have done a pretty good job at staying in touch. But Ms. Jean had a ton of questions for us. What were we doing? How were our social lives? Were we happy? What was our focus?
We talked about acting, theatre, film, politics, love, everything really. It was only a span of a couple hours, but something happened. We became inspired. It made me realize that a lot of us had probably taken a lot of the creative energy that we were always surrounded by for granted. At the same time, it was wonderful to meet up with people I’ve known for a long time and just talk about what’s making us tick these days.
I walked away from the lunch feeling very good about how far I’ve come since I graduated, but also with a sense that I have a very long road ahead of me. It’s exciting and scary, all wrapped up in one.
A couple days later, I get a call from Glen, and it turns out that he and Thomas want me to help out with their next project. I’m very excited, naturally. And the word Glen used to describe the meeting of the four of us?
No matter what you do, or what field you’re in, I challenge you to find ways to become more inspired. Feel like you’re in a rut? Maybe an adjustment is needed. A new environment, a break, a new group of people, whatever it is, find ways to break up your routine. You may surprise yourself.
What inspires you, blog-readers?