Many years ago, while struggling with an audition failure and questioning my artistic future, a friend told me “If you’re not having fun, it’s not worth it”. And I realized that I wasn’t, but that I could be, and that it was worth it to make it fun again. I bought a journal and started to really get in touch with my artistic side. I released myself from the pressure of being “successful” and focused on becoming a better artist and enjoying my art. Then about 5 years ago I fell prey to the system again. I lost myself, I lost the art, I wasn’t having fun and it wasn’t worth it. I quit. I walked away. I didn’t perform in another play for two years.
But no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t fully quit the arts. It’s part of who I am. I costumed on the side and started taking my writing more seriously and then one day I got a call out of the blue from a former theater coach who said he needed me for the show he was working on and that I “was the only person [he] knew could do it [the role]”. I was flattered of course and just like that I was back. It was a difficult role and an amazing process and it confirmed for me what I always kinda knew about myself. And that is, I love the process way more than I have ever loved the production.
That is what LiveArtDC is. It’s a focus on the process. It’s an opportunity to let loose and enjoy the journey, to create, to play, to explore and to feel free to allow that to take as long as it needs to, without the pressure of the performance. When and if a play is ready for performance LiveArtDC will gladly produce it, but not a second sooner. And I find that when I have really, truly, thoroughly, enjoyed the process then I kinda love the production too. In the end my friend was right. “If you’re not having fun, it’s not worth it.” I’m so glad I’m having fun again.
LiveArtDC is about focusing on the creation process in a collaborative
way. For LiveArtDC, the journey is more important than the destination.