Which will you choose: furious or fierce?
The artist who is fierce is able to sacrifice his ego and his perception of safety to go to a place that frightens him. He cares so much about the work and the community and the opportunity to make a difference that he’s able to be rational when everyone else winds themselves into a knot being furious.
Fierceness takes honesty and commitment.
Fierceness means telling yourself the truth about what’s at stake and what’s possible, without expanding a drop of energy on trying to make everything okay.
Because everything will never be okay.
And everything is always okay.
Fierce means living with the simultaneous certainty that this is vitally important and this might not work.
We are furious when we tell ourselves the story that we’ve been taken advantage of, that others should have bent to our will, that we got passed over for an audition or that someone else booked a gig that was rightfully ours.
We are fierce when we accept responsibility both for where we stand currently and where we’re headed. When we look to work with others in a way that benefits us all. When we remember that we don’t have to wait to be picked – if we truly believe we’re right for the role we can go to the casting director and show them why we should be considered. We are fierce when we are confident that in our career will consist of hundreds or thousands of gigs, and not booking that one is not worth worrying about.
One holds you back through fear. The other moves you forward through bravery.
Which will you choose? Furious or fierce?