All the World’s a Stage

Players we are. All. I admit I love acting and the stage. I love feeling the energy of the crowd and mirroring back that energy. Truly, there is nothing like it. And I admit I feel more then a little perturbed when there are those who wish to bask in the glory and give nothing back. Look at me! Look at me! They shout. They posture.

Life is an energy play. Relationships are all about giving and receiving. If it is all one way it doesn’t work. There must be a constant dance of energy or else there is stagnation. Learn to help one another – pat eachother on the back. Julia Cameron took a lot of flak for this in her book The Artist’s Way. A fellow writer wondered why she was encouraging people who weren’t “real writers.”

If you write you are a writer. If you take pictures you are a photographer. If you wash dishes you are a dishwasher. You get the picture. People are looking for validation. They don’t feel they have made it unless they are published or get a paycheck. You’ll get there. I promise. Just be diligent and focused. Only you decide when to give up on yourself, no one can make that decision for you.

Today I thought I would climb up on the stage. I feel good that I was given an Editor’s Choice Award at Suite101.com for my article “Shakespeare in the Classroom.” It made me feel good, and it gave me encouragement to go further. I also found it ironic that I received the award the day after I published the previous blog post containing a picture of the masks of comedy and tragedy. Yeah, there are a lot of highs and lows to freelancing. There is a lot of synchronicity. More on this later…

Okay, exit stage left. It’s your turn.

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Foolish Freelancers

Are You a Fool?
Life is a journey and you never really get there. Where is there anyway? It’s always changing. Put your foot in the stream and find out.

Foolish Wisdom
There are many references to fools being wise – in Shakespeare’s plays for instance. And jesters in king’s courts were given freedom with their word play. They said things that made everyone laugh, but at the same time contained a kernel of wisdom.

Photo Credit: © Ellen Wilson

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Serving it Fresh From Michigan!


Learn to look at things with new eyes. See the shadow play on the water and the light infiltrate through the trees. Can you capture the image? Do you have an idea what it will look like on film? I rarely pose things, but…

Fish Food for Thought
So I play with my food. I know, I know – we are told not to. But food shapes sell right? Think Sponge Bob cereal and Animal Crackers. Where could I use this photo? The image story went like this:

Me: Where did you get that perch on the plate?
Mate: It wasn’t perch. It was blue gill.
Me: What lake?
Mate: I’m not going to tell you that so you can broadcast it on the web. Too many people are lazy and want to know what lake to fish in so they can drop a line. Let them work for it.

Trade Secrets
There are none. No one can wave a magic wand and make you an excellent writer or photgrapher. You do it all yourself. You decide how badly you want it and how much energy you have to devote towards morphing yourself into a successful entrepreneur. You can learn all the tips and tricks you need by educating yourself.

Photo Credit:   © Ellen Wilson

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