One of the podcasts I listen to is This Week with Larry Miller. Larry is an actor, and if you don’t know his name, you certainly know his face. He’s the ‘sucking up’ salesman in Pretty Woman for example. His podcast is very old school, you know that from the first scratchy sound from the opening music, to the joke of the week, to his philosophy surrounding straight razors. So if you’re looking for hey-man-hep-cat-21st century cool, it’s not for you. But, if you’re an actor or you want to be an actor and you want to hear an example of a generous actor, of a humble actor, of someone who loves the work and appreciates the work, it’s lovely. Gratitude is Larry Miller’s middle name and he helps me to find gratitude in my life as well.
Recently he talked about being recognized as ‘an emblem of the work.’ Being a non-famous actor means that he can go about his daily life without interruption and when recognized, it’s a moment of gratitude that someone likes what he does. An emblem. Not wanting to over-use a word, but I think that’s a lovely image.
I have such gratitude when teachers and students come up to me at conferences and tell me they like what I do. I’m proud to be a writer, and I’m proud of my work. It’s not about the ego of it all (like me, like me oh you like me!) it’s about the work. It’s a badge of honour. Sure, with the good comes the bad. If you hear the good you must stand and take blows of the bad. And those always feel so personal. But, stand I will and continue I will, with gratitude that I get to write every day. That my work is out there every day. And it finds a home every day. And if you see me at a Theatrefolk table (tall red head, glasses, name of Lindsay on the name badge) feel welcome to come up, extend a hand and tell me what you think. I’d be grateful if you did.