It’s become a tradition at Brelby to spend the month of November reflecting on our artform and how it impacts us through our annual Blogathon. This year, in honor of our 10th Season, our Blogathon participants will be sharing lists of 10 things that have impacted them, whether they be lessons or memories…or are looking ahead towards future goals.
Today’s blogger, Rebecca Ulbrich, first became involved at Brelby during last season’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and hasn’t stopped since. She is currently designing props for our production of Much Ado About Nothing and will perform as Ori in our holiday production of 12 Days of Christmas.
Enjoy her look back over her time with Brelby, as she highlights 10 lessons that she has learned as an artist.
Hello! I’m Rebecca. I’m so proud to be a contributing artist here at Brelby. Theatre has always been my passion. I started high school knowing I was going to join the drama department and from there never stopped. I have my Bachelors in theatre and am even a theatre teacher during the day.
Theatre has always been a huge part of my life. No matter what I was going through in my everyday life theatre was there to hold me together. Through the good times and the bad, theatre was the touchstone which I could center myself by. I have always felt that I have grown into a stronger, more confident person through both my theatrical adventures as well as life experiences. So I wanted to share some lessons that being an artist has taught me in the 15 years I’ve been on this beautiful adventure. These are lessons I’ve personally learned and while are a part of my everyday life, they are rooted in my artistic endeavors (which tends to be the case when you’ve spent half your life in theatre). They are listed in no particular order.
- Know who you are. While we portray others on stage if you haven’t figured yourself out you’ll spend your whole life pretending or, worse, lost.
- Trust your instincts. On stage or off, your gut is a great guide.
- Try something new often. Whether it’s making a new friend, trying a new activity or playing a new role. If you don’t try new things you’ll never move forward.
- Don’t live in the past. You’ll never appreciate where you are in the present if you’re always looking behind you.
- Keep an eye on where you’re going. Appreciate the present but don’t forget to look forward to the next thing or you’ll stay where you are.
- Don’t let any opportunities pass you by. You never know what amazing experiences you might have.
- Don’t forget to laugh. Sometimes we get so bogged down with stuff in our lives, especially negative happenings. Don’t forget to find the humor. It’s all around you.
- Notice the little things. Sometimes we become so focused on the bigger picture that we forget to stop and notice the little things, where you are in that moment.
- Don’t let others tell you what you can or can’t do. It’s truly all about you and your belief of if you can accomplish you goal/dream.
- Don’t give up. Or you really want to do something try everything you can to do it. Failure and giving up are two separate things. You can learn from failure and try again. There is no lesson to be learned from giving up.
These are things I have learned and, if I’m being honest, am still working on in my personal life. It’s often said that art imitates life, which I whole heartedly believe to be true. But I also believe that art changes lives. It can touch us in ways we didn’t think possible. It challenges our beliefs and views. It opens our eyes to the world around us. Art offers so many wonderful lessons and insights for us to explore and I am so proud that I am an artist who gets to help others open their hearts to everything around us.