Do you have any fans?
Fan - short for fanatic
My wordweb says that fanatics are people motivated by irrational enthusiasm.
Is there anyone out there rabid to see your work?
Do you have folks whose enthusiasm for what you make in your creative endeavors reaches the level of irrational?
RLewis in response to Don's latest daily poke with a stick... claims that TV is not the enemy. That TV appeals to those who are too lazy to go out an live life.
As a television watcher, I found this highly offensive and was seriously contemplating starting a flame war with Ralph (wink). Instead, I'll just clear my digital throat and say that I disagree. I might rebut his point with the just recently completed San Diego Comic Con, and event filled to the brim with folks who spend way too much time watching TV but not because they are lazy, but because the narratives on TV provide them with something they want or need that they cant find anywhere else. Many of these people cross the country to get to the Comic Con. They invest time, energy, money, everything they have so that they can live life with people who have similar tastes.
There a million kids this year that will go out to see theatre, in the form of Hannah Montana Live(a few adults too). Why that show? Now, Don might say...because their mouth breathers (I miss that old chestnut...maybe he wouldn't though...I can't speak for him)...I think it is because they have a need/want that Hannah Montana feeds into... Not because they are lazy life denying xenophobes who leave the house only when absolutely necessary.
It is the same way for the sports fan...or more appropriately the sports fanatic. They (by which I include myself) will spend money on T shirts, coffee cups, posters, decals, bumper sticks, ring tones which remind them of their team. They will spend more in one night at the stadium, they the average American spends on theatre all year long. But, what is it that they get out of the sporting event that they can't get anywhere else? Is it a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves?
Now, lets look at a show like, WNEPs Metaluna (which BTW this blogger highly recommends)...what if anything in this show could have so much appeal that people even if they are a minority could driven to degree of Fanatic?
There has to be something? Is that something akin to previous notions of community? Perhaps, but lets not stop there. If you ask me why I love the White Sox and drop a couple hundred dollars a year on t-shirts, tickets, and brats combined...I wouldn't say Community...I wouldn't say because they are "winners"...i wouldn't say it was because I like sitting in the crowds with a bunch of drunks...There is something emotional and ritualistic and involving about the game...the stadium...the young ladies in hot pants...the fireworks after a homerun...etc...etc...these are palpable measurable physically felt things...
Doesn't Metaluna and by extension much of small storefront theatre have something like that? Something that makes one feel fanatical?
This is possible...or maybe you think it isnt? Weigh in people, please...