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Through theater and the arts people can see their world as different and can be inspired to change it, and if not change it then just think a bit differently about it. That is an amazing ability that can’t be achieved in such a short period of time by just talking to someone. It creates empathy and allows the individual to suspend their own judgments for a short period of time and feel what it might be like to be in someone else’s shoes.
What I do know is that you can’t allow yourself to get discouraged even when people say you suck. You also need other things in your life that make you happy. I’ve also found that when I imagine myself at 70 I suspect I can be very happy if I’m not the most successful guy in Show Business… as long as I can say I tried.