Odyssey Day has arrived.
Twenty something travellers will reach their first destination.
And it’s a thought isn’t it ? To consider what their journey through the past few weeks has been like.
Outward-bound voyages are usually interesting, think summer holiday flights – the expectation of bluer skies and the sun to warm us on our arrival in our final destination …
Agh me, there’s a journey I long look forward to throughout the PACE year!
But outward journeys can often bring their own emotional dilemma.
The comfort of knowing you leave home behind ; the useful knowledge of where things are and where they should be – if you were suddenly called upon to need them.
Outward journeys leave us all thinking…I wonder if everything is okay back there?
Even friendships come under a bit of strain , as you leave the norm for a week or two , and hope nothing will change when you return- that you won’t be squeezed out ” the secure equation ” .
But the best hoidays are the ones that make us stronger and healthier , not just on the outside , but inside where it always matter more .
Outward journeys take us to new horizons , where we are forced to draw upon our resilience and natural instinct for survival – they bring pressures that makes us address fundamental insecurities that we hide in our safe place “comfort zones” and force us to take different directions to get our sense of “self bearing” back.
We get lost before we can find ourselves again.
I love arriving on the Tarmac and feeling the heat of new expectation on my skin as I disembark from the plane .
Another Country , another place , another life …even for two weeks a year
Another life that gives me back me and my self and the things I really love doing.
Like the kind of PACE life some are about to begin leading again in the SPACE.
The journey you individually have made over the past few weeks speaks volumes about the kind of PACE journey you will make from here on in :
If you have doubted and pushed through doubts – then know that you are resilient enough to face any challenge that follows here
If you have researched new information and worked in applying it to your understanding of your voice and movement pieces , then know you will embrace culture naturally and will soon become more stylish and rounded in your general performance delivery
If you have missed being in a show project more than anything else but have made a good show of what you were given instead , then know that passion has not gone from you , it has merely moved to warm you against the chill of “thinking of leaving?”
As each one of you brings ability , so each one of you – a flaw , a flaw that needs careful handling.
None of us are ever perfect and although we might think we are , we need to understand that “fixing the flaw” is the thing to work for here, not just “enabling” the already able.
I’ve no doubt – monologues and movement pieces will be in varying degrees marvelous creations
I’ve no doubt some of you will beautifully dress ” for the part of SPACE”
I’ve no doubt I will think ” yes!” they sound “genuine” in their passion for this ideal
But…only seeing ” the underlying flaws” in you will make me think, “there is something good to work with here”.
Confusing statement to make I know , and one which probably needs an explanation- so yiu don’t think its all about being ” bad” on Sunday .
Because it isn’t …being bad …in that way ….
I want the SPACE to be special.
I want it to be a place where there is absolute trust amongst it’s members , a true council of like creative minds who keep each other safe from jealousy and inhibition
Who work as a creative collective to raise the word DRAMA from the ‘ordinary’ to the extra-ordinary – NATURALLY
I don’t want to have to always hound you to read posts like these on the Blog , or to wish you’d comment even just a few words of your time
I don’t want to force you to watch better films that make you think harder about things and more inspired Television to show you better acting in performance
I want you to tell me about your adventures in new cultural experiences , to be bursting to share the fun you have trying new things
I want you to share my enormous passion for drama, in the amazing Art we will produce togehter, when we share the Same vision for a show , or an event , or even a workshop .
I don’t want to carry “half in it ” members because I feel sort of bad for placing them elsewhere, I don’t want to have to start this in the wrong way , with people that don’t want this , or who want it on their terms , up to their limits of what is acceptable for them to do .
I don’t want to have to make excuses in my head of why I have to include , when they exclude themselves because they don’t care about it , like the rest do.
I don’t want to make the same mistake I made last time in “Theatre School” and allow it to become a socially acceptable “status” in PACE to attain – this isn’t Facebook or Instagram – I don’t need to court others “like popularity” or seek anyones picture worthy approval , but my own.
As long as I feel good about the SPACE , I know its’ few members will
As long as I see the sky and feel the sun every time I walk in Spires 1 – nothing else matters for them whilst there.
It will be down to my gut instinct in the end – something in the way you move and speak and write – an an individual , in a sea of people needing and wanting to be like others.
Something that will come at me ” out of the Blue ” in quite another way .
So word of caution – don’t just think this sunday is about “presenting” everything in a Mhairi Gilbert style – all spit and polish and acquired arty substance
You don’t know me yet , you don’t know what I “Arty” LIKE in my actors .
You don’t know what I’m thinking when I watch you act and you don’t understand my PACE ethos yet either.
So don’t think you can “ape” a style you see In others currently to pass this test ; my acting style comes through harder work and understanding – something you have all yet to face – because we haven’t worked , really worked… through things together yet on quote a different PACE level.
Be your self on Sunday ….”warts and all” …truthful and open to possibility at every turn – that’s what I really need to believe you are capable of here in my SPACE . Can you be that real ? Can you be that real in PACE?
And if yes …
Then trust in your own POTENTIAL for change , trust that what brought you to this sunday was more than just being insecurely with the required “pool of others” , trust that this might actually be ” realy good for you as a person ” – and do you know what , you will be so much closer to The SPACE than you even imagine.
Trust me , I’ve been doing this a long long time and it all boils down to TRUST and the TRUTH in the performance end.
Even big brash overbearing Abby ( Dance Moms ) Lee knows that. There’s no spot for the half hearted here either. Our pyramids top is SPACE , but it is less a pyramid and more an ever expanding circle .
We are who we are – through circumstance, environment and heredity
Circumstance has placed you in this project ( something that made your name appear on the list )
Environment is what you personally are as a young STS performer in PACE just now – your modus operandi ( the typical way you work on stage and off )
Heredity is your “outside” existence – the cause and effect of your other non PACE life – and where most difficulty comes – the side we don’t see , but that is carried in with you, in emotional baggage of all shapes and insecure sizes.
A heady mix that dramatically will make “you and your Odyssey audition ” collide to create a stellar “Big Bang” or sadly fade into a bit of a self made “Spires black hole”.
Tough talk …but needs must to G your force Into Jedi action .
I love that qoute that does the PINTEREST round
Maybe in show terms it has to go show dark
To let the real PACE stars shine…
And I know you have been left in the dark a little this term in PACE , but guess what it’s time to come out and “twinkle twinkle” …
I need to know you are there now , ready for your starry action .
Good luck for Sunday , I hope your ” drama landing” is clear , calm and fortuitous and you all , as one , step out and breath in a fresher PACE air – theatrical air , to fill your self-expectations, for every future ENDEAVOUR
NASA ‘s motto seems apt for this occasion
So …Ad Astra!