STORY BY BRANDI DYE
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Q: What do I do when I feel utterly useless to my field (theater) and like I have no talent to offer? –M.
A: Drake’s theater program doesn’t have a 98% placement rate for nothing. If you had no talent and were useless they either would not have let you in or would have kicked you out.
And theater needs people who are passionate to sustain it as an industry. Everyone involved in theater—actors, directors, technicians, critics, connoisseurs, and even people who don’t like theater but want other people to think they like theater—serve a purpose to keeping theater as a medium alive. Is art important to society? Sure. Can we consider theatrical performance a frivolity? Also yes. So as long as you are passionate about theater you are literally the theater industry’s lifeblood. You obviously have some type of talent. And theater needs you.
You artsy types and your existential crises.
Q: What are some ways I can avoid getting sick this fall/winter? –A.
A: Literally everyone has their own method to avoiding the seasonal sniffles.
I know one guy who swears by eating an orange a day. Not vitamin C tablets, not fruit cups, but a whole orange. My dad swears by Neti pots. But those are gross and I’m 62% sure that some study came out about those being harmful.
Doctors would probably say eat a balanced diet with veggies and stuff.
My personal method is disinfectant. If you are in area that has been visited by sickies, whip out the Lysol wipes and disinfectant spray. Door handles, remotes, drawers, microwaves, light switches. Swab it all. That’s my advice.
I also feel it necessary to say these tips are not a guaranteed. Don’t blame me, the Dear Brandi column, or the Times-Delphic for your weak immune system.