I’ve always thought it would be fun to be an actress. I mean how cool would it be to get up and go to work every day and get paid to pretend? Very cool, I think. But other than having a couple of small, non-speaking roles in a couple of church plays when I was a kid, I never did anything other than imagine how cool it would be to act.
Until I met Lydia and changed career paths. Apparently making a career change from helping people explore and process their feelings to working with the team of people who build and maintain the agency’s electronic health record, means you end up doing things you only once dreamed about.
Enter Lydia. Lydia is an exquisite create. She’s probably forty-two years old, but carries it well. Thunder makes her nervous and frankly she’s a bit of a gold-digging lush. But, oh, how I love her.
Don’t worry. I’m not saying anything to you that Lydia hasn’t already heard. Besides, once the make-up is on and the stage lights are shining, I am Lydia. Or was anyway in the recent production of Out of Sight, Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael. After weeks and weeks of getting to know Lydia, she taught me a thing or two.
1. When I put my mind to it, I can do a lot. Like learn tons of lines and when to say them.
2. Having confidence takes practice.
3. Getting to know new people can be fun, especially when everyone is working toward the same goal.
4. Perfection is not all that important. Enjoying life is.
5. Sometimes caffeine is good. Like when you have eighteen hour days with very few breaks. Mmmmmm….coffee…..
6. Stretching yourself is good. Not all the time and maybe in small doses, but it reminds you of where your strength comes from.
7. Your biggest supports never let you down. Even if they can barely remember who you are because you’re always at practice.
8. Tech week…those who know theater know that nothing else needs to be said on that topic.
9. A gorgeous dress and sexy heels really reminds a person that it feels good to dress up once in a while. And it’s worth it.
10. It doesn’t matter who’s in the audience because even though the show is for their entertainment, it’s the thrilling combination of determination, hard work, and fun that are all for you.
Thanks to Lydia, I think I’ve found a new hobby.