The Blanch Blog
Follow Kyle's thoughts on his artistic journey
I’ve recently begun to think again about what comes next for me. The last two years have been awesome working with Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion, but they have flown by! It’s now important to figure out goals, dreams, and aspirations… but there are so many of them! So which to pursue first? What about failure? What about the balance between practicality and idealism?
Primarily, I want to audition for anything and everything! I miss acting. There are so many tremendous stories from my friends about their audition adventures that it makes me jealous. If I stay in Lynchburg for the next year or so and keep a day job I can audition locally for film and theatre; the local art scene is actually growing rapidly. But I also don’t want to get stuck and become a townie. Still, Lynchburg is close enough to take weekend trips to audition in NYC, DC, or Atlanta. Perhaps I should just pack up my things and squander my savings from the last two years to move to New York or Atlanta for at least a few months. I’m bound to get a job somewhere if I audition like a mad man in either of those cities. But what if nothing works out? That’s fine! I’ll move back to Lynchburg and continue auditioning from here. I am not easily discouraged by rejection.
I’ve already decided that if I take the auditioning track, I will be smart about it and count up the consecutive or mixed months of unemployment until they finally add up to one full year without a job in theatre. Once that happens, whether it is literally one year or most preferably ten or twenty down the road, I will then go back to graduate school for an MFA or Business degree. This way I will have enough training to become a professor in my old age, or eventually own my own company.
Another option is to start the non-profit, touring drama ministry that I’ve been praying about since the beginning of 2014. I know the Lord wants me to do this someday, but the timing has to be perfect. I have the details worked out in my mind, and on paper, but the money and partners involved would have to be sent specifically for the organization. Plus I don’t necessarily have peace about this prospect right now. Some weeks I am gung-ho about the idea and it is all I can think about, other weeks I don’t give it two thoughts. Perhaps this dream is more for when I am further experienced and have a wife or someone to go alongside me during the whole process. Not that I doubt my abilities to lead right now. I just want to be able to give everything to the project when I am more passionate about it. Plus, it’s a touring group… and I’m done relentlessly traveling for now.
Although I would rather perform again, I wouldn’t mind taking another production job. After all, technician opportunities are more prevalent, lucrative, and permanent. However, one thing I learned about myself over the past two years is that I NEED creativity in my job. I cannot survive mentally without a creative outlet, whether it is self-assigned, or more effectively, within the realms of work. Therefore, if I get another job backstage, I really hope it is on a creative design team somewhere. If not creativity, I at least need to be in some authority role; whether stage management, crew chief, or prop master, I am happy when I am organizing things or people.
As you can tell there are so many exhilarating options! …and I love that. Flexibility is important with whatever happens, and whatever does, I’m sure it will be an awfully great adventure! I trust the Lord for my provision, and hope to encourage and love so many people along the way. After all, it isn’t about me; it’s about what the Lord can use me to do!
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