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Finding Your Passion For Life On DVD

Updated on April 20, 2010


I don’t know that I was a great actor. The obvious indicator would be that I never had a grand career at it so I couldn’t have been but that doesn’t mean that in those classes and as Shakespeare put it, as “a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage” that I didn’t learn to somehow feel in my soul the words I was saying or being told by a fellow performer. I think this is the reason I can go and see an awful theatre production of something yet be moved to tears. I remember years ago seeing a God awful performance of A Chorus Line where the actor playing, “Paul” recounts the story of discovering he was gay, being molested and his parents discovering he was in a drag show (all in one monologue). The actor was so bad that it seemed as though he had no idea what the meaning of the words were he was saying. True, I had played the character previously so I had some sense memory to draw upon but as he got to the climax of the monologue (poorly) there I sat with the tears streaming down my face. Not from the performance but from the written word, what I imagined in my head was this character’s experience, etc. Sure sometimes it’s actors that make me cry. I hardly think it’s the written word of the soldier coming home for Christmas brewing Folgers that sets my tear ducts into a frenzied drowning of my face. And yet nothing moves me more than a good documentary. With so much reality television on now I think that the documentary art form has lost some of its audience because people fail to realize that while a documentarian is showing you their perspective in the way that they shoot and edit the film, they don’t have people on screen more worried about how to turn this into a career where they can be a celebrity even though they have no ability whatsoever. They all ready have careers or something that is interesting about them. From watching these documentaries and what I can only describe as my empathy I’ve discovered something quite remarkable. The ability to be inspired by other people who themselves are inspiring. Finding your passion for life on DVD – Don’t Get Me Started!

While there are a ton of documentaries that I could go into here I will focus on two for the moment so as to not completely bore all of you.

Having spent a Sunday at home watching not only the documentary September Issue but all of the bonus DVD footage, I can tell you that this is worth seeing. I saw it in theatres but had to see it again. While some may feel that fashion is a frivolous endeavor with the current state of the world and hunger and natural disasters abounding, when you watch these people who create Vogue magazine, I don’t know how you can’t be moved or motivated by their passion for what they’re doing. They are a microcosm of what I had always dreamed society could be. A bunch of passionate people discussing, arguing  but ultimately putting out the best product they can all the while knowing that it’s a fleeting endeavor and will need to be made greater their next time up to bat for the next issue. I’m sure there is down time that isn’t shown in the documentary but the point is that everyone is contributing, in their own way and to the best of their abilities because those who are in charge not only demand it but inspire the best out of these people.

If you never saw Mad Hot Ballroom, I would highly recommend that you not only buy this DVD and watch it but that you then send a copy to your local public school’s administration or county commission that decide on funding for schools. With budgets being slashed and slashed again, I find it no wonder that Glee is a phenomenon. A stunningly visual representation of arts in the school system which most school systems have seen either cut to one or two classes or no longer existing at all but that’s a blog for another day. Mad Hot Ballroom follows a program developed for the New York public school system that not only teaches boys and girls how to dance but for those of us who have ever had anything to do with the arts know, it teaches them how to have manners, respect themselves and one another all the while teaching them the skills to dance and become better rounded citizens of this world. Watching these young people unscripted talking and gossiping about who they’re dancing with, what it means to get on the final team that competes is compelling enough but watching the educators who volunteer to teach this program (along with professional dancers who assist) never fails to send me right over the edge when it comes to being inspired and reduced to tears at the same time.

How does this translate into your life? Easy. You may not be putting out the next issue of the world’s most recognizable fashion magazine and you may not be teaching a child how to tango but what if, just what if you treated your work as if it was that important? Sure you can say that a fashion magazine isn’t important but think of all of the people it employs and how it influences the world. Still unimportant? How do you influence the people you work with or employ them to be better than they ever thought they could be? And as a former dance teacher I can tell you that teaching the tango is more than just teaching dance. It’s learning to trust a partner, to make eye contact and to find a way to dance the same steps everyone else is dancing yet at the same time make them your own so that you stand out in the crowd. For me the problem isn’t becoming inspired and passionate when I watch these documentaries, it’s maintaining it. I strive to be passionate about what I do, I want to inspire others to be passionate as well because the more I surround myself with people that are passionate, the more I can sustain and nurture my spirit for finding inspiration in my life. Sometimes it’s good to have something to get you started. So if you’ve lost your passion, here’s to finding your passion for life on DVD – Don’t Get Me Started!

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    • somelikeitscott profile image

      somelikeitscott 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      And cheers to as well, dear lady!!

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Great hub I will have to check them out when I need to feel inspired. Cheers.