Uplifting mid-month stories to keep us going all month long
This past month, I spent three days helping my best friend and family pack for a move halfway across the country. It was long, hot, sweaty work that left me sore each evening and morning after. The first day that they were gone, I notice on my right forearm several bruises that had not been there the previous three days. I obviously had over strained, applied too much pressure, bumped into something or otherwise caused some subcutaneous damage to my arm (and probably other areas of my body). They hurt when I pressed on them and will take several days to lighten from a dark tan to yellow and finally back to my normal skin color.
As an actor, I get bruised all the time creatively. Submit for an audition and never hear back. Go to an audition and realize I am out of my league (or just trying to keep up with trained dancers doing the Charleston). Go to an audition, walk out feeling good, but never hear anything (or get a rejection email). Submit to an agent and either hear nothing back or get a rejection letter in return (usually in the SASE I provided – so I paid to get that letter). Get a callback, but don’t book the gig. All this can equal one bruised ego.
But here’s the thing. Once in a great while, I book the gig. I get cast in the play or musical (for which I have my first musical casting now). I get to go on camera or into the sound booth for a film/voice over project. Are all the old bruises still there? Some are still tan, some are still yellow, but many have faded back into my normal tones. And the exertion of the work put into each audition, each bruise to my ego, ends up being a chance to learn and to grow.
So to my acting and my non-acting friends, remember, bruises are just a sign that you attempted. You may have succeeded, or you may not have, but the bruise, however painful, will fade back into your normal tones. And each bruise bring a satisfaction of a job that, in the famous word of Yoda, you did or did not, there is no try. Celebrate the bruises, take care of the hurts, be thankful for the pain, then get back to work because bruises are a part of life. The only one that is never bruised is the one that never does.
Hi, I am Darryn, an actor, singer and voice over artist in Chicago. Check out my IMDB page for some of my credits.