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On Monday night, I watched the documentary on pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and the process of composing and rehearsing his first classical opera, "Prima Donna."
I so admire his ability to forge ahead into the unknown, taking his outsider love and appreciation of opera and applying it to the creation of a piece with no actual training or background in opera.
Here's a quote I posted last year during the process:
"I’m in the midst of negotiating and writing an opera, and that has always been my life-long ambition. It is really something I thought I would do years down the line, when I was fat and bearded.
But I realized that you really have to start yesterday if you want to get your dreams accomplished. It’s all about action." ~ Rufus Wainwright
Reviews of the opera were mixed; I imagine this first-timer will only improve with experience. But to me, what's important is that he got out there and did it. He didn't let his lack of training in opera define him as a composer; he got on-the-job training (as I did when I started out as a speaker). And he had a lot of help, through which he grew and learned as he wouldn't have, had he not gone forward with the project.
So I'll ask again the questions I asked the first time I posted this quote (especially pertinent as we go into a new year):
What are you waiting for?
What's holding you back?
What are you afraid of?
What are you dwelling on?