Words, thoughts, and feelings.
As I write this, several things are happening around me.
Hippie Jr is doing headstands on the couch while watching The Magic School Bus.
The Hippie is baking bread for our home for the week (and the aroma is everything good in this world).
Sheila is staring at me, full of doggo frustration at the current lack of pets.
And I am preparing for rehearsal for the last show that This Is Water Theatre will ever put up.
To say that my feelings on the matter are all over the place is putting it mildly.
This theatre group gave me a chance to continue my life as a performing artist when voices all around me were telling me that I was going to have to quit in order to take care of a baby.
It's where I learned to ignore the naysayers, and make good art anyway.
It's where I learned that being a storyteller is at the core of who I am.
It's also where I learned that my role as a storyteller extends beyond the stage.
That being said, this isn't the end of the journey for Jess and theatre. It is, however, the beginnings of my formal venture into writing.
Some of you, dear readers, are aware that I've been doing some freelance editing and copywriting as a side hustle for a little while now. Well, with This Is Water ending, I will have more time this fall to devote to writing, and give it the focus it needs in order to thrive. And holy schmoly, do I intend to do so!
Don't worry! I'll still be teaching at the dance studio, and will still offer private voice lessons. All this means is that time that was previously devoted to research, rehearsal, and administrative duties will now be devoted to putting full focus behind getting my freelance writing business up and running.
Am I scared? Shaking in my (vintage) boots. But a wise person once told me that the only way to get anywhere in life, is to do one thing that scares you everyday. So that's precisely what I intend to do.
I'll have more words on This is Water's final show soon. The rehearsal process for The Undertaking has been both beautiful, and bittersweet, and I know that will show in our work. For tickets and information, please visit http://thisiswatertheatre.com.