When we started we HAD no style, no understanding of ourselves or what we were doing. We had feelings, vague ones, a sense of what we liked, maybe, but no unified point of view, not even a real way to express our partnership. We fought constantly and expected to break up every other week. But we did have a few things, things I think you might profit from knowing:
We loved what we did. More than anything. More than sex. Absolutely.
We always felt as if every show was the most important thing in the world, but knew if we bombed, we’d live.
We did not start as friends, but as people who respected and admired each other. Crucial, absolutely crucial for a partnership. As soon as we could afford it, we ceased sharing lodgings. Equally crucial.
We made a solemn vow not to take any job outside of show business. We
borrowed money from parents and friends, rather than take that lethal job waiting tables. This forced us to take any job offered to us. Anything. We once did a show in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia as part of a fashion show on a hot July night while all around our stage, a race-riot was fully underway. That’s how serious we were about our vow.
Get on stage. A lot. Try stuff. Make your best stab and keep stabbing. If it’s there in your heart, it will eventually find its way out. Or you will give up and have a prudent, contented life doing something else.
TRUTH. If POC criticise lack of representation in mainstream media, it’s ‘Why are you so whiny?’, ‘Stop being so politically correct!’, ‘It’s just representing the real world!’, ‘It’s just a show!’, ‘It has nothing to do with race! Stop seeing racism everywhere!’, ‘There’s already a Black Disney princess, be grateful!’, ‘Everyone is so politically correct these days!’, ‘Instead of complaining, why don’t you just make your own films?’, etc. And then when POC DO make something of their own, it’s ‘How dare you exclude white people and relegate us to side roles or not represent us at all? That’s not equality! We’re all human! (REVERSE) RACISM!!!’
I notice this all the time when it comes to fans of books and anime/films. if POC are talking about a certain book needing more POC characters, it’s mostly white fans that flip the fuck out and say people are being too ‘sensitive’ and should get over it. but if there’s a lack of white characters or a white character in a film/book are turned into POC, white ppl flip over that too, saying people are too PC
I realized I hadn’t done a highlights post in a while. Someday I will remember to do them every week, maybe if I stop trying to enjoy my weekends so much. Here’s some recent posts I think are cool. Let’s face it, it’s hard to keep up with everything.
I set up a Facebook page for the blog, btw. Go over and like it so if you miss something on your dashboard, you can check it out and show your friends how much fun we’re having!