what advice do you have for someone who wants to be an actress but has no acting experience and is very scared of ever acting in front of people?
in my last quarter of college, right before i graduated, i decided to direct a play with my friend caron. we had no money but we did it. it was exhilarating, i felt like i was in “the cradle will rock.” we just gathered a group of people and did it. here’s me, anxious/ depressed/ stressed, and simultaneously directing a play. this is what the set looked like. we had a little over a month to put it together and we did it and it felt good.
i’ve talked about this before but it bears repeating, you can do anything. you don’t have to direct a play lol. but you could join a study group, start doing pub trivia, join a dance team, join a bowling team, attend a protest or a rally for something you care about, help someone make a zine, make 50 copies of a poem and tape it to walls, support another student’s art by seeing their art show and talking to them about it afterwards, like, there are a million ways to do life and art, and some of them you’ll find corny and some of them you’ll find intimidating and others will feel like just the right kind of risk for the moment that you find yourself in. there’s one every day, hidden, and you can choose to grab it or to just take a nap instead. hey, naps are living too; the joy and comfort of a blanket, the excitement and disorientation of time travel when you wake up
stop limiting yourself and stop kicking yourself, if you wanna sleep then sleep, you wanna do something then do something, just remove the shame from the equation and you’ll find the sweetness in boredom just as you find the tartness in energized activity
removing shame takes a lot of work but we might as well play in between
what you're saying now reminds me of how i feel about college currently. i'm a senior about to graduate (hopefully) but i feel that i missed my only opportunities to work and make art in this collaborative, relatively cost-free environment. like i should've been making short films, writing more for publications, etc. and i'm scared because i didn't do these things or make connections or many lasting friendships (for a lot of reasons, depression being one of them) that i'm screwed forever.
who’s the fucker out there who’s telling kids they only get one chance at a good life and they’d better not fuck it up
who’s the fucker who’s telling kids if they don’t get good grades they might as well start digging their graves and etching out their tombstones
who’s telling these lies that you can only go to school in a straight unbroken line up to the end goal which is a degree which is your key to a good life
who’s teaching robert frost literally as “two roads diverged” and asking kids to pick a path and not letting them know that the roads diverge into A YELLOW WOOD with many trees and animals and stories and poems about picking a road then boasting about it to your friends at parties
hi rebecca, i'm in my first year university and recently got an email saying that i'm on academic probation due to my low gpa, and if my grades don't increase severely i'm going to be forced to withdraw from school. i've been dealing with depression for the past few months and don't know if i'll be able to pick up my grades and am really scared. do you have any advice for me?
If someone just gave me $30,000 my life would be so cool right now
now every time i have my period i think of one of these sliding down my tummy
i remember when i was in a sex ed thing in like 4th or 5th grade, the “getting to know your changing bodies” thing
and the lady running it asked for questions, and i asked “does it hurt when you have your period?”
and she said “well duh, of course it hurts, you’re bleeding. your body is scraping blood off the walls of your uterus. it has to hurt”
and i think of that sometimes as a very unhelpful and insensitive way to answer that