Okay so you’re probably wondering why I named my blog, and my entire website, Chronically Overdramatic. There’s lots of meanings behind the name so I’ll explain…
- It’s a combination of health and acting. Which pretty much describes my entire life.
- We (the chronically ill) are constantly told we’re overdramatic and faking.
- It captures who I am as a person. I’m chronically ill and I’m an actor. I can also a teeny, tiny bit dramatic sometimes. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I have a tendency to do things in the most over the top way possible.
- Because I want to. And it’s cute.
Now that we’ve got the name thing out of the way, let’s get to why we’re here.
I need to figure out how the hell to do this acting thing while also managing my many illnesses, and I know I’m not the only one. I’ve already figured out a lot and have quite a few tips, and I wanted to share that with others who may be trying to figure it out themselves.
So by now you’re probably wondering why would I be so open about the fact that being sick affects my work. The answer is I don’t really have a choice. My health isn’t something I can ignore, like ever. I’m never not trying to manage it. It disrupts every single thing that I do and holds me back a lot.
Also, it’s a safety thing. I feel safer knowing others know how to help me in case something goes wrong. Believe me, I’m stubborn enough most of the time to not ask for help until the last possible second, but on the off chance I don’t even have time to ask I need to know that those around me can help me. Eventually I can figure out how to do things and handle it on my own if I’m just given the time or help to figure them out. It just takes a little bit and until then I may need a little help.
AND IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, 40% OF THE POPULATION HAS AT LEAST ONE CHRONIC ILLNESS AND 20% OF THE POPULATION IDENTIFIES AS HAVING A DISABILITY WHICH MEANS A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF ACTORS DO, TOO.
And instead of ignoring that, why not share what I’ve learned to help that huge percentage make more art in the world. And while yes, I have found my voice in these intersecting communities through my original plays about being sick, putting on a play takes a long fucking time and there’s some shit I need to get out there now, so I’m blogging about it.
So that’s what this whole blog is for. A place where I can start talking about the things I don’t want to wait to put in a play and share what I’ve learned about trying to manage an illness and being an actor simultaneously. And general thoughts that I have about life as a sick person. The site also doubles as a website for my acting, original plays, and activism. 🙂 [smiley face emoji]
Sounds good? Ok cool bye.