I was giving my personal blog a bit of a facelift earlier this week, and I came across this post I wrote a year ago. With the opening of OPIA just around the corner (eek!), we are extremely busy over here at The Muddy Mary Project, and similar to Cleo’s “Why?” post a couple months ago, this little blurb I wrote reminded me of the reason we decided to start this project, and why Passion and Perserverance are imPortant 😉
PLANS N’ THINGS: October 2014
Plans are things I usually hate because 9 times out of 10 – at least in my experience – they change. Given the pointlessness of this, planning is not something I have often been a cheerleader of. I’ve not often been a cheerleader of anything really because those skirts are short and so are my legs, but that said I’m finding myself at a stage in my life where a bit of planning is necessary. Besides the fact that I will (finally) be graduating from university this winter, I have chosen to enter a creative career. As we know, making is a key component to anything creative, and I am very quickly learning that a career is no exception. Unless you want to be stuck in an admin assistant job at a chiropractic clinic for the rest of your life, which I do not. This is a valid option for anyone who loves highlighting and filing and being told what to do, but I am not that someone (although the highlighting isn’t awful). Either way, to work creatively I really think you have to make your own.
The theatre world is one of ego and pretension and competitiveness dressed as friendship. It’s also a world of many other wonderful things like connection and expression and after-show poutine, but unfortunately I think that the ego and pretension often override even something as delicious as cheese curds and gravy, and that is unfortunate. On so many levels. It’s something that really discourages me about theatre, especially when I find myself following suit. Sometimes picking up on the bad habits of your world is inevitable. Unless of course, you devise a plan to do things another way. Yes, a plan. A real, live plan.
Over the past few months I’ve been working closely with two very great human beings to create something I think is going to be very great, and I’m excited about it. Very. Great. This is the first time I’ve ever been excited about planning/planned something beyond having a bath instead of a shower at the end of the day, and it might be changing my outlook a bit on the P Word. What we’ve got up our sleeves is something we think could appeal to and support a lot of creative people, not just the three creative people who are us, and that is what I like about it most. I’m not going to say anything else because it’s going to take at least a few more months of planning – see how easily I throw the word around now? Planning, planning, planning – to properly pitch it to anyone who’ll listen, but keep your eyes peeled in January. And as creative people (who plan), I think in general we need to start trying to support each other instead of beat each other, because the point of what we do is not to win. It’s to wonder, and think, and provoke, and laugh, and cry and eat poutine. So let’s do all of those things instead of compete because they’re more fun, and then let’s live in a world full of puppies and rainbows and cupcakes, because that sounds nice too.
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