Saturday, September 29, 2007

I am writing today from Zagreb, Croatia. I got off the ship yesterday in Zadar and because my ticket got screwed up, NCL put me up in a hotel there in Zadar last night. I walked around the city and was so amazed at the history. It's off the Adriatic Sea and is known as one of Europe's "most beautiful gardens". I saw ruins from the 8th century and a beautiful old church that dates back to the 1200's.

Now I am sitting in the airport in Zagreb on a brutal 7 hour layover. I fly from here to Frankfurt, Germany and then home. I can't wait to be home and see my family.

The cast did a great job while I was there. They talked to me at length about how the crew views them. Many of them think they don't work...in spite of the fact that they have to maintain their shows where the dancing and singing are rigorous and require frequent clean-up rehearsals to stay professional. They also do 10-12 hours of crew staff duty a week. They work so hard and they are such talented people. It was an honor to be with them. The shows look fantastic!

I told them that people will always think those things. For whatever reason, people in the arts are viewed in that way a lot. It's not uncommon to hear someone say, "What do you do anyway? Sing little songs here and there?" Ha! :) Anyone who's ever worked to hone a craft knows...it's one of the hardest things to do. The trick is, if you do it well, it looks easy.

My hat's off to all those who work so hard to make it look so easy!

6 comments:

Stephen Bailey said...

Don't get me started. To quote a line from "Sunday in the Park with George", "Work is what you do for others...art is what you do for yourself." That is a common misconception. We are basically taught in school that there is life and there is art. Art is the ultimate elective! Easily cut from the budget, not necessary. Thanks post enlightenment thinking! Oh no, you got me started! Have a safe trip home. See you next week.

Craig Fisher said...

Skit people have to work hard. I lived with them in college.

James & Laura said...

I can't believe you were in Zagreb yesterday and we didn't know it! I wish we could have seen you during your long layover. You know James and I and the Masseys (Roger and Erin) are here church planting in Zagreb. Julie(Rose)Hinshaw had read your blog and then emailed us that you were here.....but, I just got the email and it's now Sunday and you are and probably in Frankfurt or on your way back to the States by now. Sorry we missed you! - Laura(England)Albright

James & Laura said...

I can't believe you were in Zagreb yesterday and we didn't know it! I wish we could have seen you during your long layover. You know James and I and the Masseys (Roger and Erin) are here church planting in Zagreb. Julie(Rose)Hinshaw had read your blog and then emailed us that you were here.....but, I just got the email and it's now Sunday and you are and probably in Frankfurt or on your way back to the States by now. Sorry we missed you! - Laura(England)Albright

Clarissa said...

"Skit people." Ah, Craig. It must have been difficult for you.

Bless you, Brandon, I hope you get to squeeze in some good SLEEP when you get home.

Brandon Scott said...

Stephen...now you've got me singing Sondheim... "Art isn't easyyyyy..."

Laura-- NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! I am so mad! I sat at that airport for 7 hours. I would have died to see you guys and Roger and Erin. Man! That so totally stinks. On a brighter note, it's cool to know we were in such close proximity! Please hug everyone for me!