15 April 2022
I write letters home every now and then to ~20 of my family and friends.
This is my way of inviting conversation and staying connected. I'm writing this because you matter to me and I like you having a window into my life.
This email comes expectation-free: no need to read or respond, though it means the world when you do.
I landed the largest minor role. I'll be Mrs Bedwin, the housekeeper to Mr Brownlow who (spoilers!) takes Oliver in. She opens the second act with a solo verse as a lullaby to Oliver who is encountering goodness in the world for the first time. She also gets stage time and a handful of lines.
Very proud of myself for getting this and excited to see what it looks like.
I've joined a carpool. I meet two of the guys from the show and we head in together. It saves about 1.5-2 hours of commuting each rehearsal so I'm quite grateful.
With my calendar about to get crazy with rehearsals, I've carved out a lot of time for social engagements. I've been doing phone calls most days, going to gatherings and meeting up with friends one-on-one. It's been a nice change after a few years of...not that. The busy season will be upon me, between work and rehearsals, and this will taper off, but it's been wonderful to connect and reconnect with people.
The long long game
For the first time in a while, I'm thinking about my choices--how I spend my time, who I spend my time with, what I do in terms of work--at a life level. Where do I want to go, what do I want to do, what's a good living configuration for me. But also: where's the highest leverage difference I can make? and how can I increase that leverage? I have some crossroad-style options available to me and these questions are...relevant. It's easy to think of trade-offs when there are clear options, but it's harder when the payoffs are down the track and have probabilities assigned. Anyway, as I think like this, I'm trying to ensure there's no pressure: upside is available no matter how long I think of this and so long as I think like this.