I Can’t I Have Rehearsal
We begin this article by sharing a beautifully original, hipster,
In all seriousness though, it can be difficult sometimes to constantly pass up spending time with friends, family, or Netflix to be at rehearsal. It may also be difficult for those you love to understand why you’ve sold your soul to an art form. Well, as always, CallBoard is here to help you out.
We’ve assembled a list of calm, conflict-diffusing statements you can say to help your loved one understand why you never have time to see them. We’ve also provided a lie…er….
The show will be over soon
Remind your loved one that there is an end in
Alternate excuse: David Bowie has come back from the dead, and is doing a live performance of his songs whilst wearing his costume from Labyrinth. I only have one ticket, it is specifically meant for me, and the performance
Let’s plan something
It sucks to miss out on things, or to not be available if your friend or significant other really wants to be with you. A great solution to this is to say “I can’t tonight, I have rehearsal, BUT let’s do brunch on Saturday!” This is a win-win all around, because a) the person knows you still care about them and want to make time for them in your life, b) you get to have brunch, c) you will get quality, stress-free time with said person, and d) did we mention brunch?
Alternate excuse: The government has called me to perform a secret mission to once and for all eradicate every argument against the idea that the moon landing was staged. This mission involves actually traveling to the moon, and I will depart at 7:30 pm tonight and return in a few hours. Wish me luck.
Sometimes it helps just to acknowledge someone’s support and sacrifice. Try writing a nice note to thank your concerned human for always being there for you, even when you waste your time foolishly prancing about on a stage. But for real. Throwing their name in your program bio is nice, but there’s nothing like a handwritten note.
Alternate excuse: I always spontaneously burst into flame at exactly 7:30 pm on Friday (insert the date of your rehearsal here). It’s been happening ever since I was a child. I emerge unscathed every time, but anyone within a
This is the last time, I promise
Share this statement with your loved one. And then you both can simultaneously laugh and
Alternate excuse (Less of a statement, more of an action): Hit them over the head with something heavy and run away. Live the rest of your life as a vagabond on the streets.
I love you
Remind the person in question that you really do care about them a lot, more than theatre even. If balancing your art and your personal life is getting to be a problem, then it may be time for the two of you to sit down and have a serious talk. At the end of the day though, love fixes a lot of things. So just remember how much you care for this person, share that, and then go from there.
Alternate excuse: Unnecessary for this one. We actually DO believe in love, honesty
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What do you think? What are some approaches you’ve used to explain why you’re always unavailable? And particularly effective “alternate excuses”?
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