Why do people go to the light movies, musicals, even animations?
Why do people watch soapies, fantasy flicks..tv “reality” rubbish?
Why do people go to a gig, a play, musical theatre, ballet or the opera? An exhibition. Or?
While there are many individual, specific reasons, at a basic level across the board….I think it is…to be entertained? Or deeper, to escape? To get some time out? Relief from daily grind? More? Maybe even for some, to capture a moment of fantasy hope?
What started this train of thought?
I was watching Bollywood Star Australia on TV the other night (yea, ok, dont go there). Regardless of what you think of the/such shows etc.. one bit of the statement made by Mahesh, the ‘big director’, right at the end made it worthwhile…..he said (paraphrasing a little as from memory) ‘
“we give possibility of hope to those who don’t have any hope of a life that can be different. The chance to live a moment beyond reality but in a world that is theirs…….that’s what Bollywood is about …giving a moment of hope in a life of survival…and so there is no room for despair in a Bollywood movie“.
It made me take time to dwell on this for those of us in the entertainment/creative arts space and why it is so important to strive to be the best we can be, put on the best show we can and deliver ..regardless if one or 1000 in the audience, whether live or a production or end product delivery……
And even the last part of his statement applies – as there is also really no room for despair or apology in delivery of your performance or your work.
People don’t want to come to a show (especially if they have paid to be there) and hear an apology that you have a cold and so wont put on the best show you could, or really care that you have had a ‘bad day’ and a bit distracted. It’s actually not about you!!
You are there/being paid to entertain, to provide an atmosphere or ambiance, a laugh or, create an illusion in a show or scene etc. ……to subjugate self and be there for them – give them that moment away from normal life – to be entertained.
We don’t know what is going on in the lives of those who come to our gigs, listen to our records, watch our video, look at our works ….. And what we do may provide that moment!
Fanciful? Maybe, but I have read a story of a person who was about to commit suicide, and a song playing on the radio spoke to them and took them out of that path…….. seen someone who was walking along totally dejected and watched a smile appear on the face as he saw a child dancing to the music of a busker …….. know of a few people who have hung on to the words of a song, poetry or a speech during an adverse time.
Don’t doubt the potentially positive power of what you do creative one…you can, and do, have an effect!
So my thought for the day – – – Have a Bollywood philosophy and purpose in delivery of your creative world!
(also relates to being positive and not bad mouthing or complaining all the time on social media… But that’s a discussion for another post.
Till next time