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, Will Eigo, is a Brelby veteran who has gone into the big world to make her way as an artist. She’s been seen on the Brelby stage in several shows over the years, from She Kills Monsters to The Pledge.
Below, Willa reflects on 10 lessons she has learned from being an artist.
- Hustle Hard, Babe: A life in the arts is not for the lazy! When I decided to quit my day job and dedicate my life to the arts, I knew I would be working hard, but I had no idea that I would always be on the hunt for new work. I’ve trained myself to say yes to almost anything that excites me. Next, maybe I’ll work on healthy sleeping patterns.
- Be Kind if it Kills You: I am not the nicest person you will ever meet. I’m fast-paced, always on-the-go, and often can come off as a bit*h (or as my mom likes to say, I can be snippy). But one of the biggest things this career has taught me is that I have to be good to work with. I have to be kind to others.
- Always Speak Loudly: Whenever I hear my own high-pitched, slightly-valleygirl-esque, voice played back to me in recordings, I can’t help but laugh. I am so freaking loud! But I wasn’t always like that. I had to learn to use my voice and stand up for what I believe in, and a huge part of that was thanks to being an actor. I am forever grateful that I learned at a young age to use my words and speak up for what’s right.
- You Can Be the Lead in Your Own Life: This is actually a phrase I stole from my mom, but it rings true. Being in shows I’ve learned that sometimes I get to be the lead, but sometimes I’m a supporting character. At the end of the day, I will always be a supporting character in other people’s lives, but I get to be the lead in my own. And that’s pretty cool.
- Find Your Light: Stick by people/places/things that make you shine. Find the light in your own life. Let go of the rest.
- I Am My Brand: This is a HUGE one for me. Being an artist/blogger, I have cultivated a very specific online brand for myself, and I’m still working at it. I came into blogging about 6 years ago (right before it was cool), and started to create who I wanted to be. I am ever-evolving, but I think the biggest thing I learned from being an artist is that I have to remember that I am my brand and my brand is me and there’s no separating us. So while I wanna be pink and pretty and polished online, I have to remember that I’m also a badass, take-no-crap lady 99% of the time in real life. So my brand had better reflect that too.
- Fall in Love with Everything: I have a theory that it’s possible to love more than one person/thing/moment at once. Being in the arts has shown me that this is true. My favorite moments in shows are when I’m so enthralled with the acting happening that I fall in love with the actors doing it. In my real life, remembering this feeling helps me to see the possibility in anything.
- You Can Never Have Too Much Fake Blood: I might just be the biggest fan of fake blood out there. It’s such a mess to clean up, but oh my god does it look cool onstage! Fake blood has taught me that the best things in life are messy, and the cleanup is so worth it.
- Wash Your Face, Shake It Off, Walk Away: I’m not into actor warmups or post-show check-ins. Not sure why, but they’re just not for me! What I am into is my own routine after a show of letting go of what I just did and moving on with my day. Everything is fleeting, and art has taught me to let go to the bad stuff quickly. Also, it’s taught me to always wash my face before bed.
- Trust the Universe: My favorite thing to remind myself to do is trust in the universe. Trust in the unknown, and let things fall into place. This doesn’t mean don’t work for it, but I have found that rejection (both professionally and personally) is easier to take when I can just tell myself that it wasn’t meant to be and that something better is on the horizon. Because it almost always is.