WQ – Do You Have the Ability to Endure?
I understand that in our work–doesn’t matter whether it’s acting or writing–what’s important isn’t fame or glamour, none of the things I used to dream about, It’s about the ability to endure. – Anton Chekhov
A lot has happened in the past two weeks that has kept me away from my writing. I didn’t get my writing streak back like I wanted to. But, another day, another opportunity to try again.
Since the last writing quote I’ve been busy creating a rehearsal calendar for A Streetcar Named Desire. I’m the production stage manager for this show, which basically means I get to coordinate and organize everything to keep the production movign forward. I’m also the PSM for the second show of the season, Our Town, so I’ll be doing the same thing for that production once Streetcar gets into rehearsals and production meetings.
Two weekends ago, the boyfriend and I spent Friday and Saturday night babysitting his niece. Then Sunday we visited my gram to take her out for a late birthday lunch (we missed her actual birthday the weekend before). We had a good time babysitting and spending the day with my gram, but both ate into time for other things we’d wanted to accomplish that weekend. This past weekend was much more tame-ish. Work on Saturday was quick and Sunday we spent some time with the boyfriend’s mom for dinner (and to watch a preseason football game–not a fan, but I go along for the boyfriend).
I also started my new/second job last Wednesday evening. I’m now working as a stagehand along with my work at the current theatre (so I have two theatre homes now). This second job is very flexible and won’t be anywhere near the hours of what I’m currently working. My manager sends out a schedule and I’m able to say what events I’m able to work. I added up the hours for the next two months and I think I’m averaging 20 hours each month. So nothing that should be overwhelming, but a nice bit of extra cash in my pockets.
Through all this I came back to Chekhov’s quote and, if I exchange acting for theatre, I find it very fitting. Both jobs are a lot of long, thankless hours but in the end the product of that work is something to be proud of. Both industries, writing and theatre, require a unique breed that is able to endure the long days and late nights, the stress of deadlines, and constant changes. That may not sound like much, but unless you’ve worked in the industry or have a significant other that does it’s hard to fully grasp what the life is like. I find I am apologizing and thanking my boyfriend a lot when the season really gets rolling and I only make an appearance at home to sleep. He has been very supportive and understanding of my career, which not everyone is, and I love him a lot for that understanding.
I am enduring. Even when I’m feeling outright lazy about writing (which happens more than I would like to admit) I always find a way to kick myself in the behind to get back in my writing groove. I’m weathering the storm and I will get back on the horse once the storm passes. If the storm is rough (work or fatigue are overwhelming) I’ll walk beside my horse and make notes for when I’m ready to ride again.
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