SHAMING THE RESPONSIBLE
By Kimberly Arland 09/02/18
Everyone has been innately gifted by God with the ability to do certain things easily. Sometimes those natural talents are even exercised, eventually becoming a skill and a main source of income. What a blessing when that happens—when people aren’t stifled and don’t stifle themselves—blocking them from their earthly assignments/calling.
WHEN YOU’RE A CREATIVE—when all things creative run through your bloodstream and it actually is a “calling”, it is the rare few that understand all that that entails. Many of us are pressured to “get a real job” and end up going in a different direction that leaves us yearning for what we were supposed to be doing. When we are detoured, creativity either becomes a hobby or nonexistent. A few of us have been fortunate enough to have lived our entire lives creating. Our livelihoods, our memories, our future, our relationships, our homes—all have a through-line: creativity. Art.
This is a world that pays the “Celebrity-1%” top dollar; but in most cases, bottom dollar is paid to those of us who are “Working-Class-Creatives”. Arts & Entertainment is literally idolized, yet what we Working-Class-Creatives do to create isn’t usually celebrated. It’s often belittled. Why? Many reasons. One being that we Working-Class-Creatives are comPARed to the 1%-Creatives. That’s like dismissing your child’s science project award because it’s not the Nobel Peace Prize; or pooh-poohing most of corporate America because each and every working person isn’t a billionaire. It’s ridiculous.
If our non-creative working class worked one or two extra jobs to live and provide for themselves and family, it’s considered admirable. Responsible. When someone is in the public eye, we automatically think they’re wealthy or should be (when I first moved to L.A., I started getting calls after my first few televised gigs because people thought I was suddenly rolling in the dough and they wanted to borrow money). But sadly, being a wealthy Creative is rare. Where YOU may get a paycheck every week or two, WE may get a check every month or two. Our sporadic checks may equal your regular checks but the respect for our work isn’t equal because the general population’s definition of success isn’t applied to us. My point is, most of us in the entertainment industry are ALSO “The Working Class”. And we ALSO do what you do—we work extra/side gigs to either build our wealth or just survive. We’re judged more harshly, again, because when we’re/they’re in the public eye, there’s a different expectation, standard, and stereotype.
So I deeply empathize with Geoffrey Owens (and others) who people have attempted to shame for (how dare he) having more than one job. You know who should be shamed? Any of us who would criticize this man, an actor and acting teacher, for being responsible enough, humble enough, and smart enough to supplement his income. Shame on any of us, who try to shame any of us, for making an honest living. Just for that, I’m plugging him as a teacher, HA! (although I don’t know him and have never been to his classes): https://primarystages.org/espa/instructors/geoffrey-owens
I hope he and his family are blessed to the gills because of all this back-door publicity.
We all need to be doing a lot more encouraging and celebrating. There is just too much verbal abuse and bullying going on. And if any of you, my fellow Christians, are involved in any of the tearing down and blind/harsh judgments—well, we of all people should know better.
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