In Vain You Rise Up

Actors are inherently self-centered.

American Actor, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), was born on this day in 1956.

I’m so vain, I probably think this blog is about me.

More to the point, I’m probably vain enough to think that you want to read this, or that you want to read my novel(s), or that you want to see me on stage.

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In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Psalm 127:2

For the record, I must be pretty loved, because I cannot rise up early AND stay up late.

I digress.

Whether acting, or writing, or painting, you can call it vanity or you can call it insecurity.

Whatever it is, it’s likely all tied up nicely in a bundle of nerves.

The struggle with doubt is real.

As humans, we all feel it on some level. But I think creative-types are likely to experience it self-doubt more often.

Somewhere out there, in an Interwebz I’m too busy to search, I’m sure that there are probably studies that both prove and disprove my theory.

Regardless of insecurities or doubts, deep inside of all of us, and especially deep inside actors and writers, there’s a desire to be seen.

Whether it’s “Look Mom! No Hands” or “Here, hold muh beer!” we want people to pay attention to us.

That’s true, even for us introverts.

We want to be noticed, we just also want to you to leave us alone.

It’s nothing personal.

People raise their eyebrows at me when I tell them I’m an introvert.

That’s probably hard for you to believe if you read this blog, or follow me on social media, or see me on stage.

All of which, by the way, you should be doing.

At the same time, I am often most content when I’m in my own little corner in my own little chair.

Sure, I want to get dressed up and go to the ball, but let me check what’s on Netflix first.

It’s Wednesday, and there’s just no time to be introverting.

It’s all good. Like I’ve said, there’s nothing on my calendar that I didn’t allow to be there.

You have three more chances to see A Little Piece of Heaven with River City Community Players.

And, you have two chances to audition for Doublewide, Texas with CAT Theatre.

Center yourself and come on out.


On this day in 1530, the Pope denied King Henry VIII’s divorce request leading to Henry declaring himself supreme head of England’s church, and eventually leading to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I.

Not this Henry VIII, but work with me.

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