The Pressures of Performance:
There is an almost given assumption that as we go along the march of time we will change, adapt, alter and perhaps improve with the experiences that we enter into. Two years ago an opportunity was presented by a friend whereby I was able to take a small silent role in a music video. That opened up another music video and another and another and then a small silent role in a television program. And as you can no doubt surmise the roles have become increasingly wordy with a variety of characters presenting themselves. I have now been a religious cult leader as the leading actor in a short film, I have been scared out of my wits in a reality based television show about paranormal activity and I have done the unthinkable – I have danced with a musician in what became an award winning album of his wonderful vocals. ps – I can’t dance and have always been afraid of it since that Grade 7 school dance horror.
My private practice as a family and marriage therapist has moved quietly along and more and more known actors have paid me a visit. All my patients are privately referred from those who have been with me for a while or those who have heard of me. The clientele are unique to the acting field. One of those clients summarized for me what was being presented as a problem with less and less time available for consultations as more folks join the referral list. He told me that since I have been acting I have become not only a more effective listener but also more empathic in my understanding. He vocalized my own growth as a performer and the honing of my skills as a professional in the arena of counselling. Walking a mile in the shoes of the actor has given insights I might not have gained otherwise. The long and the short of this is that I can praise our God who answers the prayer of our hearts to be effective in our dealings with people. I understand, relate and empathize with the life of the actor with a depth that I did not have two years ago.
My prayer has always been “Use me Lord in any way that you wish to”. Who could have predicted where that would lead.
– Dr. Jim Garrow –