Rob Richardson is an actor, trainer, blogger, husband, and father. Your basic superhero. He spent a good part of 2017 sailing the Caribbean as the Broadway Guest Artist on the Disney Fantasy, appearing in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular and Disney's Believe. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, Clinton the Musical, and The Fantasticks. Follow Rob on Twitter @traininghumanT, and read his other musings on health and wellness at www.traininghumanity.blogspot.com.
It’s hardly worth mentioning that all paths of life carry tough choices. Some of us are lucky, and we get to choose, well, among “first world” problems. Hopefully most of us are fortunate. Take a quick look with StageAgent at some of the challenges you are likely to face with a life in the theatre.
If you could writer your younger self a letter, this might be a little what it sound like: This is me talking to you. You’re the younger version of me, the high school kid, the college student–I’m the fully grown married-with-two-kids-and-a-mortgage version of you. We learned a lot over the years, but there’s still a ton to go I guess. In several ways, you actually pulled it off, the grandest con of all. You became a professional actor, with dreams and desires that carried you all the way to Broadway
Fitness truly comes in all shapes and sizes. The word fit means “able to do a task.” That’s it. Nothing more. But when you get a theatre job, it can actually be a great time to “get in shape,” whatever that means to you. If you’re already strong and fit, maybe your goal is to be stronger. Or maybe you’d like to lose a few pounds. Or maybe you’ve never seriously exercised and want to start. This is a great time for two reasons: the first, you are likely away from home and away from the distractions of your day-to-day life (like friends, a day job, your favorite TV show on the DVR); the second, once your show is running, you have an insane amount of free time. What else are you going to do with all that time?
Performers of any kind rely on their bodies. Whether they are dancing, singing, or acting the most dramatic roles, a performer needs access to their abilities and their emotional life. As performing artists, we’ve chosen a difficult path, one often laden with long hours, little rest, constant practice and training, for what at times can be little reward. To survive in this environment, and hopefully thrive, you must have your health, and be able to maintain your health when you’re away from home.