Reading for Easter Monday

Is it still the weekend? I’m not quite sure – some are working, some are not, I can go to the bank but not the library, you get the picture. Plus I was away for two days on my staff-retreat-of-one – which I highly recommend to small biz owners and entrepreneurs out there. More on that in another post.

So in honour of maybe you have time to read at home, and maybe you have time to read at work since you’re still in a chocolate coma, here we go –  from last week and now let’s flip through the bookmarks for things to share

What a Wonderful Thing to Come Back To  the billboard tax is happening!

The Future of Theatre  gotta love the Guardian.

I liked this article, made me do some thinking:  Emerging artist? Are you kidding yourself?The first section itself was cause for pause:

This is scary. Imagine. You’re anaesthetised on the operating table, on the cusp of unconsciousness, when in walks all scrubbed up, an emerging surgeon. Your last thought before you slip into a deep, dark sleep is “but … but … wait …”

Absurd the thought of an emerging anybody. There’s none of this wait-and-see tease to it. You are or you ain’t. To see how silly the concept is, take the word “emerging” and follow it with a job of your choice. Asinine in anyone else, but perfectly acceptable if you are an artist apparently.

Some food for thought as to how young you have to be to be emerging, how old you shouldn’t be. I remember a client of mine years ago saying, “make them stop emerging, I’m not done yet!
How long does one get to emerge for? What defines  “mid career”? When are you a “senior artist”?

Would love your thoughts on this one.

 

 

 

4 Comments to “Reading for Easter Monday”

  1. I agree. I hate when someone has been doing their arts for 10-15-30-40 years and then you see them nominated for an EMERGING artist category. I can understand if you start late in life but, I think after 2-3 years like in marriage where you are no longer newlyweds, you are no longer EMERGING.

  2. There was a good discussion of this on 2amtheatre.com a few months ago:

    http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/11/09/can-i-come-out-already/

    I think the problem is the pejorative “I’ve never heard of you” / “you don’t know what you’re doing” use of the term. I’m certainly open to superior terms that reflect experience, but I’ve yet to hear one. (Although Philip Akin’s “young at craft” came close…)

    • excellent thanks for posting that link.
      I was trying to figure it out, a new term – doctors have interns, hockey players have rookies – I guess we emerge.

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