For all you writer/producers out there who may have aspirations to develop and fully execute a new work on your own: I commend you. I admire your bravery, gumption and passion. I support your desire to bring a piece of art that you have created, to life, against the odds. I care about you. I value you. And I want to help you. In fact, that's one of the reasons why I'm committed to blogging about Helen's development when there are a million other things I should be doing. Because this aint' easy, and it helps to know that there are others out there who are doing it, or trying to do it.
And I hope that as you read it this blog, you are finding it insightful, helpful and encouraging. I also hope you are getting a sense of the real picture. The ups and the downs. The victories and the defeats.
Today's little kernel of wisdom is this:
Be prepared for a constant stream of complications, crises, fires to put out, egos to smooth, negotiations, conflicts, snafus, quagmires, obstacles, drama (not the one you are writing or staging), quandaries, snags, setbacks and meltdowns.
There. I warned you.
Now, don't you even think about stopping or quitting. I'm not finished yet. There's more:
Be prepared to feel a joy like you've never felt before when you hear your words come to life; when an audience responds with laughter, tears and recognition; when you realize that you have far surpassed the goals and dreams you had when you were a little child; when you get to make art with people who you admire and love dearly; when you get to reconnect with people from all stages in your life and know that they are cheering you on and supporting you; when you get to meet wonderful new people who will likely be a part of your artistic and personal life for a very long time---and best of all: Be prepared for the satisfaction that you will feel knowing that you didn't sit on your butt complaining and waiting for opportunities to come to you--you just went for it.
So there you have it.