Contributed by Guest Blogger of the week, Jillian Zeman.
This facebook group grabbed my attention immediately. 1. I thought it was hilarious. 2. It describes my life perfectly.
I’ve always loved never having to be behind a desk. That’s just not me. I like to be up and around. If I answered phones for a living and had to live behind a desk with a word document opened in front of me I would probably die a slow death.
But sometimes I wonder. What is it like going to work for 9am and being home by 6pm? A weekend… two days off in a row? What’s that like? Usually my one day off a week consists of laundry, some food shopping, and maybe a nap.
When I was first started working OOB, sometimes I was working numerous shows at a time. A day off didn’t even exist. This was one of the few times I ever dropped my laundry off at a wash-n-fold. I had to schedule eating into my day. Days out with friends were few and far between, if they existed at all.
However, despite the busy schedule, I loved every minute of it. I loved jumping from one rehearsal to another (and maybe having to take a class in between). And while I didn’t necessarily love not being able to go out with my friends, I made a lot of others.
I take my hat off to those who are able to balance it all: work, family, and theatre (because let’s face it, some of us can’t just rely on theatre to pay the bills!). I sure haven’t mastered it yet, something always falls to the wayside and unfortunately it’s usually my personal life. Thanksgiving is the one holiday my family celebrates, and I haven’t been there with them for three years. I always miss it, and they miss me, but they understand the career I’ve chosen and they support me even if it means I can’t be home for the holidays.
It comes down to support. My family and friends support me and my career- I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a show they haven’t come to; and I support them in everything they do. So, maybe I have rehearsal (or a performance) but they’re usually waiting for me at the bar afterwards.