Melissa Maniglia

Thursday, April 29, 2010

What Ever Happened to Art?

Alright, time to rant.

Have any of you ever wondered what it would be like if struggling actors like ourselves didn't need day jobs? If we didn't have to spend hours a day wondering which acting class to take, which showcase we can afford to do, and which submission we should make all based on finances. If all we had to worry about was the art, what would our lives be like?

I am not ashamed to admit that I am one of those idealist who can be found sitting down over a cheap glass of wine, or hanging out with a group of friends at Blockheads ($3 Margarita's Baby!) and dreaming about what the world, and my career, would be like if money were not an object in this equation.  No longer limited to the "safe" auditions that fit into my tight work schedule, no more sleepless nights doing audition prep that would have been done earlier if I didn't have to work, no more wondering if I could do this great play reading but realizing that I would have to take off too much time from my paying job to do so. Just being able to act.

Sometimes the business of the business takes us too far away from the art of it.   And its kinda frustrating.

And that's my rant...