Block 270: November 30, 2013

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Bruised after Black Friday… and I wasn’t even shopping.

Date: November 30, 2013

Crane: 270

Days Spent on Project: 287

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC

Person I would have sent it to: Joe H.

Joe was the first professional Wardrobe Supervisor… although, at the time, I think I called him the Wardrobe Master. Or Mistress, depending on how sassy he was feeling.

That someone would be specifically hired to maintain and clean costumes and run the show and all its changes- well, I had experience with that in college, for sure. But as an undergrad, that usually meant you threw things in the wash (as needed), left it to the Shop Manager to throw it in the dryer the next day, took notes about things that needed repair, and left that list for the Shop Manager to tackle the next day. Being the Wardrobe Head in college was fun. In the real world, it’s a job (a hugely important one at that!).

I’ve worked with many wardrobe supervisors over the years (that makes me sound old, doesn’t it?), but you always remember your first, I guess.

Joe was always quick with sarcasm, his tool of choice to leaven the atmosphere during show runs. He’s the one that taught me one of the ultimate ways of getting back at an actor who’s personal goal might be to make your life difficult. It’s genius, and I’ve never really been in the situation where I’ve had to use it, but knowing that I could do it just makes most tense situations a little bit funnier.

Music I listened to while sewing: Yeah, I really like a Miley Cyrus song (Adore You) … and a Katy Perry Song (Dark Horse) … and a One Direction song (Story of My Life)… and a Ke$ha song (Timber- I don’t feel embarrassed about that one, strangely). I guess you’re never too old for pop music!

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Today, a friend posted an article on Facebook. The headline seems like a potential downer, but I read it anyway.

“Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed.”

It’s nothing surprising or salacious, but I enjoyed reading the last sentence: “Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”

While we may not choose to be brought into the world, we do get to choose how we walk through it. It’s not easy. It’s not always pleasant. But the one you have is yours; it’s probably the one thing in the world you yourself have complete ownership and responsibility over.

No one has the ability or power to control your free will, your inner thoughts, your feelings. No one should have that power but yourself.

It’s good to be reminded that you (I) make every single choice that has brought you (me) here. It’s good to be reminded that, usually, we have the power to shape own emotional state (barring anything like Depression).

So, today, even though I’d like to lie in bed and be lazy, I’m going to try, I’ll try choosing to be happy even though I have no definite plans. Or at least content. Maybe even upbeat.

Enjoy your weekend.

Cheers.

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