Facing My Defeat

For a while I was making some YouTube videos. The basic premise was that I had a story to tell, and hopefully that story could help others. At some point there was no time to make videos any longer. I was also going through some things. Ending my YouTube career (before it ever really took off) gave me relief from the scheduling, recording, and editing of content. I had a plan that I was following and I liked it, but it wasn’t polished yet. Of course it wasn’t polished yet. I had just begun. But I let it all slip away. It’s better this way, right?

Below is the script I had written for the next video in my vlog series. If you want to check them out (and in hind sight they only work well if watched from first to last) you can find them on my YouTube channel.

My Faces (or, Obstacles I Face)

Howdy!

When I was in high school, I was in theatre.

I know what you’re thinking…

Why waste such talent in primitive arts when you could be an Internet sensation?

Well, the internet wasn’t the same, back then.

But that’s a story for another time.

I did a lot of plays, even staring in one.

And more than once I surprised everyone with my awesome talent.

i.e. – my ability to talk.

You see, I was a bit shy in high school.

No? You?!

That’s who.

So, every now and again I would either say something clever

speak with lots of emotion

or simply lay a good dis on some foo’

I’m sorry.

So this one time

(at band camp)

I was trying out for one of the plays.

I was up for the part of “ghost that doesn’t talk”

I don’t remember his name.

But, the point is he didn’t talk.

So four of us did a special audition together at the same time to prove we had the cranial muscles to produce all of our lines, with just our face.

No talking.

I mean, he didn’t have any lines to say, so this was always… the… you get the picture…

So, the drama teacher was listing off emotions and we had to react to them.

Happy

*happy*

Sad

*sad*

Fear

*fear*

Surprise

*no facial expression*

Yeaaaaahhhhh……. I didn’t know what to do for “surprise”…

More than likely my face said something more akin to

*VO* “did I just fart, or was it Adam?…”

And, yeah, that cost me the part.

So instead, I designed the program cover and also played Student Director when the actual student director couldn’t make it anymore.

And that’s just one example of how I, myself, the Diggs, have created my own obstacles.

You see, it’s not that I didn’t know what a “surprise” face looked like, I was just overthinking it.

I didn’t know if the director wanted happy surprise

*happy surprise*

Unexpected, but good surprise

*unexpected but good surprise*

Or holy crap surprise

*holy crap surprise*

And my overthinking cost me the best role ever.

A role in a play where you DON’T HAVE TO MEMORIZE LINES!

*straight face – with yell in background and sub titled “anger”*

I really, really, really need to learn to get out of my own way.

I’m going to put these out there just because I hate having things sitting around. I hate having something yet having nothing to do with it. I hope someone can enjoy them.

-Diggs out

P.S. – *this means an action* THIS means I’m stressing a word. THIS MEANS I’M YELLING. VO means “voice over”.

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