In response to my previous post about making sense of your pre-child career passions, post-child, Baylie had some good thoughts on how she pursued another passion in journalism that better balanced her new priorities.
I have a passion for American Sign Language and the Deaf Community. In recent months I had the crazy idea of dropping theatre altogether to one day pursue a future in interpreting. It was a passion of mine and it also held more reasonable hours and pay. My husband, Eric, asked me if I would ever miss theatre enough to regret a decision like that. I couldn’t answer that. As Baylie put it, why not do some theatre pro-bono? If I love it so much, I would do it for free, right? That’s a loaded question I’ll have to pick apart for awhile, but here’s a start:
Its not just that I love theatre. Its that I love good theatre. Have you ever seen a movie or a play that was so exquisitely done that you thought about it for days? The kind of show that when the curtain comes down, you just sit there for a minute, thinking, before you can go home? In professional theatre, their goal is to retell a story– to create something beautiful and thought provoking, beyond just entertaining. I think that’s why I don’t get involved in a non-professional theatre group. And if I did, I would most certainly want to get paid, but those are contradictory. Some professional companies don’t even pay much, let alone a community show. I hope I’m not offending anyone involved in community theatre, I am just making a distinction between doing something because its fun, and doing something because you’ve trained as the best person for the job.
Oops! Baby is awake. Gotta go!