November 30 2016

The Art of Timing

As I mentioned in my last blog, Returning to the Familiar, the timing of the dissemination of art can make quite an impact on the audience and the work of art. In that blog I was referring to the election and its impact on our audience. Today, I want to talk about the election and its impact on the release of our final episode of our web series. In March we filmed the season finale of 30,000 to One. It took a few months to get the edit and then a couple more months to get the final tweaks. I was pushing to release our episode before the election, but it just wasn’t possible with the team’s other commitments. So two weeks after the election, in the aftermath and malaise, we were finally ready to share our final episode. The only problem was that this episode {SPOILER ALERT} features the misogynistic white men winning the day (including a rendition of a special song “we love being white men, oh yes we do, we love being white men…”). All of a sudden our little web series went from silly to on the nose. Sometimes comedy rides that fine line – so close to reality, just skewing it that bit more to take it to the side of the ludicrous. But what happens when ludicrous is now the reality? We debated not sharing the episode, but in the end, art is art. A lot of people gave their time and energy to make it happen (including one dear friend who recently passed away). Sometimes we cannot know how our work will affect others and keeping it in a drawer may be depriving the world from a release only you can give. So, even though it can be hard and you may even feel fear in what you are sharing, it is most likely just the exposure of vulnerability and truth in your work that is making you sheepish. So, take courage and share. It may just be the gift someone needs. And if they do take it up the wrong way, that too is part of art.

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