Pressure Change


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The calm before the costume storm change

Recently I worked backstage as a changer. It is an exciting job changing 25 different costumes on just one actor–that would average around 12.5-costume changes for each act in a two-act show.

In this stage production, there were 20 characters, only 2 actors, 2 changers, an act 1 and act 2.

I learned a few things about my (so much pressure) changer job that I can apply to my life.

First, life sometimes expects us to go off script and improvise, like when your dang car breaks down in the middle of summer and you need to be at work in half an hour! Quick change needed! Ad lib…improvise…quick, aargh, the pressure!!

Second, quick changes in life can mean, no, will mean, MESS!

>Costumes, wigs and props flying through the air as rapid chaotic changes happen.<

YOU WILL HAVE MESSES! Go through the change and come back later to clean up.

Finally, no matter how quickly you work to change things for the better, sometimes you will not get perfection or make it on time to get perfection, so, you can follow the footsteps of the actor I dressed and undressed and blurt out as he occasionally did,…f**k it…as he quickly dashed on-stage with a few missing costume pieces and props, and, with just enough time to roll into dialogue for his next character.

This was crazy, pressure changes! …STOP.

(**sometimes, backstage language is very colorful–I write as is…my apologies if it offends.**)


Have you had a pressure change recently?


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The Artist’s HANDS Within You

He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

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He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.

~Saint Francis of Assisi

You are God‘s masterpiece in the making . . .

how are you striving to unlock the artist’s hands within you?

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ATTENTION, Please Feed Me

If you want to know, I’m totally in need of attention. Perhaps this obsessive neediness is why I adore acting in theater productions. You don’t realize how much I crave and actually start to have withdrawals if I fail to get my fix of at least one theater acting role per season over at the community town theater.

Yes, I’m an attention starved actor and blogger who is feeling a bit insecure at this moment.

ATTENTION, please feed it to me!

It’s Friday night, well Saturday early morning now, since I can’t seem to press the publish button yet and everyone I know is busy! Busy doing their own world and I’m here . . .  with you, and in need. Well, you, meaning my computer screen and keyboard. A glass of beer is here too. Well, that’s been way gone a long time ago. Sigh.

Wait. I’ll be right back. My automatic rice cooker just beeped done and I guess that means I need to eat something. Hmmn . . .  I wonder what would go well with the need for attention?

Come along if you like and you can see what a flourishing  starving actor/ blogger eats.

The audition

The audition: "You know I'd be the perfect leading lady, Mr. Director!"

You know, in some ways, blogging is a lot like going through with an audition. You hope the director will cast you for the lead role and if not, at least get a minor role-playing any character you can land! (I’m both starving and desperate!)

And here I type away at my blog and secretly hope, when I press the publish button, that many, many readers will enjoy my posts.

You see, once you’ve auditioned for a part or pressed the publish button after putting your heart and soul into the one post you feel will get the view numbers for your stats skyrocketing beyond your wildest dreams, you have to wait. Wait, I tell you!!

Wait for the director to call you with the good news that you landed a lead part!

Wait for the blog readers you know will pour in at any moment now.

Then, after a zillion thoughts of how you should have written this or read the part in a different voice for the audition, the phone rings.

“Yes, this is she. Oh, I see. You were looking for an older female lead? I see. . .”

(This is what’s really going on in my brain:  Umm,  is the director really telling  me the truth or did I totally fail during auditions?? I must have failed! I didn’t bring the character to life so the director has a better actor to play the part! I knew I should have . . .)

“You would like me to play a minor role as a, what??

Did I hear you say, you would like to cast me as the hooker in your play?

Erm, uh, gee, okay?!”

Hey, a part is a part, right??

Well, this attention hungry, wanna-be-famous actor/ wanna-be-famous blogger, is doing what she has learned best from lots of rehearsals–acting the lead role of waiting for that golden moment to arrive . . . it should be any minute now.

Fame is only a day away . . .really. No lie.

What can I say. I’m a bit ashamed to have told you of my insecure mental gymnastics I perform after every audition and after every published post. Perhaps I should remind myself of the famous words by Harold W. Dodds, that,

Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.   (

Have you felt a need for attention or the knock of insecurity lately? 

Cheers to the insecurities we each face and the best that comes from it!

Sunshine xoxo

At Home Backstage

Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind…cast-off and everyday clothing.”

 Harriet Beecher Stowe quotes (American Writer, Philanthropist and Author author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 18111896)

As Harriet Stowe beautifully wrote that “Home….is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom”…..or backstage in theatre. Prior to a play, backstage usually is anything but boring but rather filled with actors rehearsing with nervous energy or others seemingly lost in quiet meditation as they slip into their character. My home is like being backstage with time either preparing for the next act or relaxing after a tough performance. My closet is the costume room and every morning I visit the mirror for my appointment with my makeup artist and hair stylist.  (Oh, I so wish!) Rehearsals and study (of lines) are always tough but being home (backstage) is the only place I would like to be 24/7 to await the bright lights and applause of the next performance.

How about you? Do you enjoy the “backstage” called your home? Perhaps your “backstage” is a traveling one where you take shows on tours. How fun would that be! I would love to hear about your home (backstage!) As we say in theatre: Break a leg!