I'm changing it up. I'm leaving the illusory comfort of my full-time work to dive headlong into creative work that I've been longing to pursue since I stepped away from making art almost two years ago.
And just because it fits doesn't mean it's easy. The stakes feel higher. In acting, raising the stakes means increasing the intensity of the character's need to pursue an objective, and raising the stakes often results in exciting drama. The stakes are higher because I am more aware of the cost, commitment, and dedication to be an artist than when I first started, and still I choose this path.
Yet from another angle jumping back into the fray doesn't feel risky at all. In fact, it feels far safer than continuing to bear the growing weight of stifled energies and passions.
I jump, but with a better understanding of the commitment it takes to be an artist and a leader, and I jump knowing the necessity of sustaining the connection to my tribe.
So far I've discovered that:
I just finished this and other things are in the hopper, including sharing my thoughts along the way.
Oh, and you're all invited.
It's gonna be good.
Practical Wisdom for the Creative Journey
Joel Ripka is a Brooklyn-based actor with 20 years and over 30 professional stage credits from off-Broadway to regional theaters that span the country. He is a blog author and writes about a life lived creatively and in close connection with our deepest expressions of consciousness. He's committed to joy, teaching, sharing, and uniting. He inspires people to do cool things and live intentionally. He is a musician (guitar, piano) singer and also a skilled teacher and writer.