Hopes and Dreams

    As my guests have provided most of the material for this week’s video, this post will be shorter than the previous ones.  This week’s video has multiple artists sending their answers for the following questions:

    1. What are your hopes for the future for Asian Canadian artists?
    2. What sort of opportunities would you like to see be available for yourself as an actor?
    3. How do you think we can work towards those goals?
    4. How can we be the change that Asian Canadian Theatre needs?

    Listening to these answers, I’ve slowly realized that they aren’t new answers. All of our dreams, cross-­generationally, reflect acknowledgment of the needs and the opportunities that we have. In other words, the dreams for the future within this community have always been essentially the same. But it comes in different forms and colours. Based on the answers I’ve heard, I believe the time for the Asian Canadian theatre dream is now.

    But I’m tired of talking. It’s time to break the vicious cycle that we comfortably fall into. I want to start being proactive, and I want to see my peers chase their dreams as well. And so, I’m going to approach this challenge with a self-­initiated plan of action, the three Ps: Prepare, partner, and participate.

    PREPARE

    In Arts Management, project planning is the key to success. If you don’t plan to succeed, you already plan to fail. So, I would like to think that this is the part where we blend project planning skills and everyday lingo together. I would like to go with the acronym S.M.A.R.T.

    • Specific­
      Be as detailed as you can be. Identify what you want and the logistics that would play into making this goal a reality. This is the time to let your imagination run wild and dream up everything that you could possibly think of.
    • Measurable­
      How will you know when your goal has been achieved? Making smaller goals to reach your main objective will help you to continue moving forward.
    • Attainable­
      Is this goal achievable? If not, it may be unrealistic at the moment. Do you believe that you can attain this goal? Do you have the resources to reach these goals? This is when you take your dreams and resize it based on the current situation.
    • Ready­
      Is this the right moment in your life to pursue and commit to this goal?
    • Time­
      When would you like to see this goal completed?

    PARTNER

    Get over yourself and acknowledge that you can’t do everything on your own. You need the support from various parties, such as other artists who share the same vision, the community you’re a part of as they help provide resources, and other organizations/initiatives who have been established before you; these groups will be able to guide you through your journey.

    Having your own group of people you come back to to find rest is important. These will be the people who help you stay accountable and help you to be mindful of when you feel like you’re burning out. All these various communities and relationships are interdependent. Don’t try to live and create without them.

    Get over yourself and acknowledge that you can’t do everything on your own. You need the support from various parties, such as other artists who share the same vision, the community you’re a part of, and other organizations/initiatives that have been established before you; these groups will be able to guide you through your journey.

    Having your own group of people you come back to is important, because this is where you will find rest when you’re burning out. These are the people who will be able to keep you accountable. All these various communities and relationships are interdependent. Don’t try to live and create without them.

    PARTICIPATE

    In other words, SUPPORT! But how do you support your local artists?

    1. Go see their work.
    2. Donate to their initiatives.
    3. Offer affordable living and working space­. Maybe a reading in your living room one night.
    4. Give access to training (artistic or entrepreneurial).
    5. Stop asking for pro bono work
    6. Understand the added value of the work­ it helps you to put personal value and significance to their work.

    Thank you, again, for taking the time to read this week’s post. I hope this week was an informative one!

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