November 2019 Blogathon: Jonathan Gradilla

It is Brelby tradition to dedicate the month of November to giving a platform for our artists to share their stories. This month our annual Blogathon theme returns to its roots with a visit back to the topic of “My Brelby Story.” We’ve grown a great deal over the past few years, and many of our original bloggers have moved on to new careers, new lives, new challenges, and new cities. Enjoy this year’s series with 30 Days of Blogs.

Well, howdy ho there partner! My name is Jonathan, but most call me Jon. I am a 23 year old hot single in the area and I never learned to properly color in the lines. 

With that said, I have always been proud of my ability to think outside the box, think new ideas and create on a whim. I found Brelby Theatre one day when I wanted to pursue an Improv career! I had just finished the book Yes Please by Amy Poehler and had an itch to learn this comedic skill. Once there I met many great artist in the class or around the theatre and immediately fell in love. I definitely thank Brelby for a lot of great things in my current life. And I’m thankful that past Jon took those leaps of fate, even when I know they were terrifying as heck!

Surrounding myself with these artists I immediately became involved with a lot: shows, tech, improv teams. I want to learn a lot, I wanted to do a lot, I still do, and Brelby was that place that gave me a voice. They allowed me to test the waters, try new roles, have new experiences. I’ve been working with them for about 3 years now because I rarely feel like my ideas will go unheard. The collaborative environment and support Brelby Theatre gives their artist is fantastic, impressive, and appreciated. I always have a good time creating art here. 

When I think of a place called home I don’t necessarily think of where I sleep, eat, live. Home is a place that allows you to feel free. To feel unjudged, to be unapologetically yourself. Home is a safe place for new ideas. A place that feels neither scary, stressful, nor negative. I have often called Brelby my home away from home, but really it’s more. It’s my safe haven. I honestly couldn’t see it as anything else. I care deeply for all the artists that come and go with us. Because sometimes you need to spread those wings and fly. But your home will forever live in your heart. 

Thanks for reading my blog post during our November Blogathon! Come check out Marie’s Reverie December 6th! 

May you find the peace and happiness you seek!

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