And why you should immediately fall in love with Amanda Palmer if you haven't already
By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger)
I think it's pretty easy to get caught up in the self-doubt game. We all have those days when doubt lingers at the edge of our bed, seemingly staring us down from sun up until sun down. How to escape that feeling that it's breathing down your neck, always just one step behind? Stop caring so much.
Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame) recently had her own run in with a little self-questioning after reading a review that praised her show but challenged the way she handled her relationship with Neil Gaiman. Specifically, the show featured a Q&A sesh in which one audience member asked “‘How can I make my friends into feminists?’ The reviewer dug in by stating that "One answer, if you happen to be an internationally adored cabaret artist, is probably not to coo and gaze adoringly at your bestselling fantasy author husband for two hours in public.”
Appropriately, Palmer whipped some @ss in her response. With an unabashed retort that was a perfect mix of eloquence and venom, she challenged the notion of how she should or should not act for anyone. She gives herself free range:
This life-advice doesn't doesn't apply to the ladies. I'd like to think of it as a manifesto to being the most-honest, wild, ideal version of yourself. Others try to challenge it? Let 'em. Now you get on with your bad self.
JOANNA SYIEK is a Los Angeles-based music junkie with a penchant for long road trips, original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing creativity, Broadway favorites, and talent obsessions over on her blogging home. www.thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com
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