Perspective

January 31, 2011

Irises

"Irises" by Vincent van Gogh at The Getty Center

The first month of 2011 was definitely eventful, which is a lot of the reason why it’s taken me so long to update the blog. I got a new job. Five more days in the agency world and then I’m off to Whole Foods Market Woodland Hills as a Marketing Supervisor. Of course I’m a little nervous for the change, but I’m mostly really excited for it. Did I mention I only have five more days in the agency world?

I’ve had four improv classes with UCB and I have loved every minute. I’m still surprised that so many things I’ve learned on stage relate off stage. For example, point of view. It’s crucial to come on stage into a scene with your own perspective. And it doesn’t matter what it is as long as it’s truthful. I’ve always had this voice in my head judging the level of funny or smartness in what I’m saying. Well that voice can shove it because the beauty of improv is that it allows you to be your true self. It may take a few classes to be comfortable with that, but that’s what it’s about.

On Saturday I volunteered with Step Up Women’s Network at The Getty Center (which made me appreciate California’s beauty again). We walked around with the teen girls and discussed their (our) thoughts on the art. I was reminded of what Mr. I always says about art – that it should make you think. Is there a correct answer to what it should make you think about? Not really. Although most artists probably have their own purpose, everyone viewing it has their own perspective. It felt great to encourage each girl to talk about what she thought about the pieces. And it was okay if it was different than the others.

In high school, that inner voice that judges is pretty loud. It was for me anyway. You try to be yourself yet are persuaded by other voices so easily. Those voices are still there in the “real” world; they just say different things. I’ve lost some perspective over the last couple of years, but I’m starting to regain it.

Five days …

How can 2011 go bad when I spent the first day with Jay-Z and Oprah?

Damn OWN. I’m already hooked and it just launched.

As expected, I ignored the pile of dishes in the sink and stack of clothes in the hamper to do nothing yesterday. When Andrew wasn’t looking, I checked out Oprah’s new network, OWN. My favorite shows were “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes” and “Oprah Presents Master Class” featuring Jay-Z (hence the video post of him performing “Hard Knock Life”, his first commercially successful song).

The show with Jay-Z was inspiring. He went from dealing drugs in the projects to creating his own label because no one would sign him to being worth $450 million.

Oprah, also worth millions (and by millions I mean $2.4 billion), is ending her talk show after 25 years and just launched her own TV network. After everything she’s done, that’s still a first for her. Those producers have a lot of pressure too (Oprah is intimidating!). Each show they do is a first. They never know what will happen in interviews (even Oprah can’t control that) and they have to worry about getting good enough footage.

On Tuesday I will attend my first improv class with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. I’m also hoping to attend my first boxing session (I told you I was serious about it). So I’m not recording my first hit record or launching a TV network, but these two things are firsts for me. It’s comforting and encouraging to remember that megastars like Jay-Z and Oprah had to start somewhere and continue to experience things that are new even for them.

Maybe 2011 will also be the first year I do the dishes and laundry in a timely manner.

But one thing at a time.

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