I love this image.
It’s good to be reminded of this dynamic as the performer, and also as the audience. It says volumes of what goes on behind the scenes to craft a performance, a project. Or look at it on a bigger scale -to build a career, a life. What we put on public display we hope is the best we have to offer- a culmination of hours, days, years of effort. I’m sure this applies to every career…every life. The behind the scenes work is 20 fold what we show to the public.
Perhaps this is why we value the validation of our peers. They get it. I hear jokes about actors being lazy…but it’s not feasibly to be lazy and successful when the competition is this fierce. Looks, luck or connections may get you in the door, but the depth and breadth of talent all around you means you must really have the goods, to book the job….or to book the one after that.
No, I can’t come out and play. I have work to do.