We watched the last episode of Season Two of Slings and Arrows
. It's the sort of show that makes you wish you were in showbiz. In spite of all the chaos and pain, the characters love the theater so much they'll put up with anything to be there and make the magic. We love their devotion and their fundamental honesty -- I say fundamental, because they lie to each other all the time but they are trying to make honest theater
I remember watching Day for Night
in college and thinking that if only I'd seen it when I was younger, it would have made me go into the movies. Show people seem to burn a little brighter in it; as they do in real life.
It's nice to be able to see the show and realize that I am, by some freak luck and a fair amount of slogging, actually in
showbiz. And my best friends in the biz have that same devotion to making great work. The system rarely supports great work, for various reasons. But against the odds it does get made, because everyone at some level wants to make great work, even if they are working at cross purposes half the time. And that's what keeps us all going.