What I learned about life and art from JM Barrie and Peter Pan

Just finished working on my first devised work, “The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up”. What an amazing experience! Working with this group of people to tell a story about the tension between childhood imagination and adult relationships was inspiring. It was an incredible journey, from walking into rehearsal the first day with nothing but our knowledge of Peter Pan to performing a 45 minute show that we created ourselves, 5 weeks later. This is an experience for the books! Not only do I wish every one of you had been able to see it, I will also carry this show with me for a long time. Not only was I reminded why I love making art, but I discovered a lot of the lessons in the process can also be applied life.

Trust that it will all work out in the end.

Trust yourself and your instincts.

Surround yourself with passionate, talented, and hard-working people who believe in you.

If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it.

It isn’t about who’s fault it is; it’s about finding a way around the problem.

Not everything you do will be seen, but might be a stepping stone to what will be seen later.

Challenge yourself and others to do something you’ve never done before.

Commit! Whatever you do, give it everything you’ve got.

Be present. You can’t change what’s already happened and you can only plan so far ahead. Be in the moment.

Prepare. Be ready.

Take time to reflect.

Dream big!

Play! Have fun!

Then. Let it go!