Go cuddle someone else
By: Darci Faye
So last week I mentioned that I’m in college, this week I wanted to touch on another topic that seems to come up a lot with a few students I talked to: back-up plans.
Okay, I get that writing (of any type) just isn’t a stable income. You may get one play produced, then be taken out with the next day’s trash, and your career as a playwright is over before it starts. Or, you publish one book and then you just can’t seem to repeat that success. Or, worse of all, you don’t even become a ‘one-hit-wonder’ of a writer, and all you have to show are rejection letters after rejection letters.
I get it. Especially since I’m still in the latter category.
But, I want to play devil’s advocate a little here.
I believe back-up plans become more of an excuse than a fall back plan. I mean, why bother taking that scary, less traveled road when you have a degree in your back pocket for a job that is guaranteed? Before you know it, ten years pass by and your comfortable with your ‘back-up plan job’ that you realize all these years later, you forgot to go after your dream. You only notice this after you carefully examine your life to figure out why your so miserable, even though you seem to have everything.
I get that money is needed to survive, but, maybe, even if just for a day, you should take some time off to do what you truly love to do.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll become the next Neil Simon, and all your hard work is paying off in a big way, and before you know it, you see some plays you wrote on big billboards - and you realize that all that planning for a back-up plan was a waste of time.
So I’m not sure this post has a point, or actually says anything important, but if you do happen to take away something from this blog, it’s this: don’t ever let your back-up plan take up all your time. Spend your time on your passion - that thing that makes your heart happy, and that goofy grin refuse to leave your lips, that thing you just can not live without. Maybe it’s not writing, it could be acting, directing, stage managing, etc - whatever it is, grab it by the horns and refuse to let it go. Always make the back-up plan stay in the background, never give it the spotlight.
Or, if you’re really brave (or foolish) like me, don’t even make a back-up plan. Theatre is my passion. Playwriting is probably the thing I do best, I know it’s certainly the thing that makes me the happiest. And I just can’t see myself doing anything else. Nor, do I want to. Maybe ten years from now I’ll tell you something different, but for right now I’m just going to go for it.
I leave you with this question: what’s your thoughts on having a back-up plan? Smart, or a hindrance?
Darci Faye is a NY based playwright. Her first full length, A Game of Roulette, is currently being developed for the Midcoast Women's Theatre Residency www.http://darcifaye.weebly.com
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