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In Which The Reflective Artist Introduces Herself and States a General Sense of Purpose.

March 28, 2011

Why hello there.

I’m the Reflective Artist, and I’m looking forward to joining you in an active conversation about life in the entertainment industry.  A little about myself: I wear a lot of different hats (actor, singer, writer, blogger), so it’s important to me that I identify myself as an “artist,” since that word seems to be able to encompass all of those things at once, with no preferential treatment towards one mode of expression over the other.  It also helps me feel like I’m not cheating on myself when I’m singing instead of looking for a new monologue, or writing part of my play instead of memorizing yet another Judy Garland song (I know *a lot* of Judy Garland songs).  What’s wonderful about the roster of contributors already writing for the Green Room is that they also all wear a lot of different hats, coming at their art and careers from different directions.  I feel like I am in good company here.

I’ve always been a philosophical person.  Growing up as an only child, I learned to observe the world a little more than participate in it–which was equal parts good and bad.  I spent a lot of time thinking, studying, and coming to conclusions about things.  This innate sensibility, coupled with an on-going yoga practice for the past several years, finds me processing everything I go through, to see just what occurred, whether the outcome was satisfying or not, and what could be altered for the future.  This sense of perspective has proved a great asset for myself, provided I did not become so preoccupied in looking at a thing that I would be incapable of action. (Have I mentioned yet that my favorite play is Hamlet?) Here at the Green Room I hope to share some of my experiences and thoughts with people who may be going through similar situations or have already been there.  I hope that by generating and encouraging a candid dialogue about what we’re coming up against in our art–and sometimes in ourselves in regards to our art–that those who participate, even just by reading, will find some comfort and relief in the fact that they are not alone.

“No one is alone, truly.  No one is alone.”

(Have I also mentioned that I am a HUGE musical theatre nerd?  We’ll get to that at some point.)

Selfishly, I hope engaging in this dialogue myself will help propel me into a little more action than thought.  You have to be Fortinbras, you know?  He gets everything in the end.

I consider my art and my life works in progress.  I’m looking forward to going through some of the process with you.

Here we go.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2011 10:40 am

    Welcome to the Ensemble, Reflective Artist! I love your perspective and that you referenced Sondheim in your first post. Can’t wait to read more!

  2. March 28, 2011 11:14 am

    Here’s to Fortinbras! I enjoyed your post. 🙂

  3. The Reflective Artist permalink
    March 28, 2011 1:32 pm

    Thanks, Tara! Fortinbras rocks–though my crush on Rufus Sewell may be influencing that statement.

    And thank you for the welcome, Redheaded Actress! I am psyched to quote more Sondheim here! 🙂

  4. March 28, 2011 4:44 pm

    Congrats on starting this new journey… I’m looking forward to reading your wise and reflective postings oh reflective one!

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