Shawn L. Bird

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reminding yourself of who you are November 25, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,Reading,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:13 pm
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“You can spend a bit of yourself when you give yourself to a character. At the end of a job, you have to remind yourself who and what you are.”

Richard Armitage.

When I’ve been involved in musical productions, it’s always been depressing the first day after the show closes to find yourself again. Those with romantic roles tend to find themselves a little in love with their show paramour for awhile. The rest of the cast tends to wander about dazedly wondering what they’re going to do to fill their days now.

I’ve written previously about this feeling when emerging out of a particularly in depth literary immersion.  I think this is true when you are a writer, as well. When you are wrapped up tightly in your in your alternate world, it can be a difficult transition to return to the mundane realities.

What power has the imagination to fuel such alternate visions, and to put them all into our heads.  We carry our own ‘holodecks’ of possibility.  We can create our own world of romance, joy, and comedy.  We can create our own horror drama.  How important it is to make the best choice, to make our lives the best we can imagine them to be!  If reality doesn’t suit, we can imagine a better life.

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3 Responses to “reminding yourself of who you are”

  1. Hi Shawn

    A very astute comment from you and the quoted Richard Armitage. Can you maybe just clarify, because there’s the actor and the producer/agent and there are lots of us who are fascinated by the actor – which made the quote?

  2. Hi Shawn

    Thanks 🙂 Good to have that cleared up. Wouldn’t it be nice if they’d also said which interview it had come from?


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