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I saw a post yesterday where someone shared their reason for not wanting to post home workouts because they have an elaborate gym that not everyone has access to. I understand wanting to be sensitive to the fact that everyone doesn’t have the same abundance but at the same time, where do we draw the line between sensitivity and motivation. When I was in high school, growing up in the hood, my father subscribed to GQ magazine. Now, I couldn’t afford anything in the magazine nor had any of the clothing that looked like theirs but I loved the styles so I improvised. I looked in my closet and asked myself what looks like these things? And with that was the birth of my first fashion style. I posted a home workout yesterday using gym equipment but afterward stated alternatives to use incase you don’t have the equipment to help those who may not have. I worry when we get to a place where those who have pretend to not in order to make everyone feel equal. The idea is to lessen the gap but how can we also keep the things that motivate and inspire intact without spoon feeding everything to everyone? My sister takes ballet in our living room and the rule is no one is allowed in the kitchen while she’s in class which can last sometimes up to 3 hours. It’s so she doesn’t become distracted and there’s a little voice inside that screams when I hear this. I asked my brother, has she ever done street performances? He replies, you know she’s performed before, right? She’s been at the Met. I said, exactly! My acting teacher does a wonderful job of creating a safe learning environment while allowing for distractions because he says, what are you going to do when you’re on stage or doing outdoor theater and a baby starts crying or you have someone in the first row at your broadway theater and they’ve had a little too much to drink and start yelling how sexy you are from the front row? Respond, I got distracted! I don’t think so. Just like when I was working for a theater company in the past, classes and performances need to also prepare students for the unexpected and stimulate outside of the box thinking. You can create a safe space with just enough distraction and creative thinking that continues to cultivate and develop artists.
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4.14.20

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