It has been a tough two days waiting for Danielle to arrive here in Hangzhou. The hours feel like weeks, the night is endless. Insomnia sets in.
I have never been so excited about anything.
For the next week and a half, Danielle will be joining us during our residency in Hangzhou and Shanghai. Both cities are extremely beautiful and world-renowned for their significance in Chinese culture. I'm hoping to also schedule a quick day trip to see the Great Wall. I just want her to fully enjoy herself.
It's funny. I have been wishing the time would pass by quickly and now I want it to stop--halt. You start to realize just how much personal sacrifice is necessary in this business. An International Tour is especially taxing, ripping you away from your comfort zone, treating you all around the globe. But isn't that what we strive for with acting: escaping your reality and comfort zone in favor of an alternative?
Big decisions had to be made months ago, leaving behind my graduating class, my friends, my family. Danielle. Learning the lessons from the texts of my craft, sacrifices seem necessary if you are to learn and grow.
I just wish it wasn't so painful.
But none of that will matter anymore. At least not for the next week and a half.
-- Nathaniel Beaver