Friday, December 11, 2009

What I Did for Love

I just watched “Every Little Step”, a documentary about remaking the musical, “A Chorus Line.” It came out when I was 10 years old and is seared into my consciousness—unappologetically raw about what it takes to be a dancer.
Watching it again, I realize it speaks to all the arts. How difficult to be an artist, how much sacrifice. Especially the parts about trying to win parental approval for what you do, and always falling short. Parents don’t seem to understand, or give enough support. I hope I’m not that sort of parent. I want the best for my kids (success, ease, family), but I also want them to know that if they have that drive to be an artist, then that’s it. Settled. Your life will be hard, but I will be proud.
Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982