Fueling My Soul As An Artist
There are so many things that we can do as actors, musicians, dancers, writers- any type of artist to improve ourselves and our craft. Take classes, practice, audition, read books. All of this is extremely helpful and important. Without classes, how can we improve, without auditioning, how do we get the exposure we need to work? Recently though, the biggest thing I have found that helps me grow as an artist and gives me the most inspiration is going to see other shows and performances, both on Broadway and from my peers.
Watching a show on Broadway is great because not only am I enjoying an incredible show, but I’m looking at where I want to be and where hard work and talent will eventually get me. But it’s important to enjoy, attend, and embrace seeing my peers performing in smaller venues in Off Broadway shows. It’s so nice to see other friends of mine working and getting the opportunity to do what they love and showcase the reason they came to New York. The thing that I love about New York is that everyone comes here with a huge dream and works their butt off trying to make it a reality. No artist shoots for mediocrity, and it brings me so much pride and joy to belong to a group of peers who are making that happen.
My friend is an opera singer, and I attended a recital of hers on Saturday. The show was filled with both emerging and professional artists, and it gave me chills and such inspiration seeing talented performers doing what makes them happy. Opera isn’t something I would typically go to see, so being exposed to an art form I rarely appreciate was eye opening and impressive. I couldn’t believe that such powerful voices were coming out of my tiny friends! My other friend recently wrapped up an Off Broadway run of The Jungle Book, and I felt really proud watching her perform at the amazing Playwrights Horizons Theatre. These shows and more make me proud to be a member of a group that is doing what they love as artists and making their dreams a reality.
I believe that it is crucial to expose ourselves to what other artists are doing in order to enhance our own growth. Classes are great, and promoting your own work is vital, but to fuel your own soul as an artist and create a healthy outlook on what we are working towards, attending other shows and performances is an irreplaceable outlet and wonderful way of spending an evening.
Image Courtesy of Jeffrey Hornstein