I’ve never had a plan B.
To me, plan B is planning for failure. Not only does plan B seem like mental sabotage, but also a commitment cop out on plan A. I mean, if performing is the only plan you have for feeding yourself and paying rent, you work pretty damn hard at making performing profitable.
I remember when I was a young musical theater actress living on the south side of Chicago. I caught myself stressing, like I did every month, over how I was going to pay my 3-bedroom’s whopping $250 rent on my unpredictable performer’s salary. But this time the stress was really affecting my health and something changed.
I asked myself, “Have you ever not paid your rent?” I always had.
I asked myself, “Is there any reason to believe you won’t pay your rent this time?” There was none.
I had no proof of my fears and all proof otherwise. The only thing I was changing by stressing out about money was my own well-being.
Spiritually, I had been choosing my fears over faith. That’s a much bigger life-lesson than how to make more money. The success of a professional long-term artist is contingent not on how well they’ve planned B, but how successfully they’ve embraced the entire artistic process, by coveting faith over fear.
Photo by J. Kirkingburg.