“Art is a gift from God. It’s part of God’s universal grace given not just to believers but to all humanity. It allows us to express the inexpressible, the truths that we see only dimly in this life, the concepts whose shadows we grasp at. Like the Creator, we take ideas and mold them into being, whether through visual arts, writing, music or dance.”
—Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Actors are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, actors face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment.With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because actors are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Actors are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.
David Ackert, LA Times
I kiss you and the world begins to fade.
W.B. Yeats - The Land of Heart’s Desire (via thatquote)
offer a little bit of gold to someone’s day.