Monday, November 28, 2011

Play The Job

You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play.

Warren Beatty
Hello Beth
There once was a young man in the neighborhood who at the age of 14 discovered he had an amazing talent for dealing with animals. He was too young to be a vet or to go to veterinary school but he would go after high school to help out at the local veterinary and animal shelter.

All the creatures there took to him immediately. Those who could would come running up to him and he could pick them up and carry them around, even the nasty ones like the goose. One of the local papers did a story on him, with pictures of him and certain happy beasts.

I'm sure he has gone to school. got his degree and is practicing somewhere because he clearly loved all those critters.

Acting can frequently be very hard work (in spite of what some people think) and yet we refer to it as playing. We put on a play. We play. Even the objects on the stage are playing. "Where does the telephone play?" "On that table over there."

A friend came to see me perform Big Daddy in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams. Afterwards he said "I don't know how much they're paying you, but it's too much, because you're having too much fun."

Imagine being paid for having fun. Imagine being paid for doing what you love to do. There are tricks to turning any job into play to one degree or another. But the real secret is to find what you love to do and do it all the time. It's a lot easier to sell if you are having fun.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to look for the joy of your life and capture it.

DB - Vagabond Journeys
Never Give Up

1 comment:

Arlene (AJ) said...

I agree if you are doing anything you need to look or the joy in doing so, can make a world of differences in what you accomplish or do.