Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in the age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we’re offering this series. In each “In Our Own Words” post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as we all navigate a new normal.
I was worried about the virus at the end of January. But I worry about everything. As decisions were being made to cancel things (the Tokyo Marathon, the NBA season, etc.), I was like, OK. OK. This is where we are now. Got it. And I’ve been like that every step of the way. (From Young: Probably when the NBA suspended its season.)
Being actors, we’re accustomed to living the gig lifestyle, so going without work for a while is not a new thing. But going without the hope of work, with no auditions coming in anywhere, is another matter altogether. We’ve decided not to panic for another 12 days.
We sprung for a new TV [insert smiley face]. We play video games. We watch movies. We continue our marathon [Young] and half-marathon [El-Attar] training. That keeps us outside. Pat and his business partner are trying to find ways for Trivial Matters to host trivia virtually, with its regulars and possibly new customers. Horizon Theatre and I are in consideration for an online sneak peek at my one-woman show. I’m making masks. We have our cats. We stay in touch with friends and family virtually. I call my mom via FaceTime every night and consider the next one-woman show that will be born from these conversations. And I say hello to everyone on the street — from six feet away.
We hope that we come out on the other side of this with no losses of family or friends. That we come out on the other side of this wiser and better than we were before. Please.
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