Meeting and listening to Cherry Jones really made me question the decisions I've made for my career and lifestyle. She talked about how it has to be worth it to give up making much money to do what it is that you want to do. You have to choose a simple lifestyle to do what you're passionate about. You'll have to make a lot of sacrifices like maybe not having children or only being able to visit your family a few times a year.
She also talked about how the theatre is a close community of people, in fact, she called it a family. She made reference to many people she knew and frequently referred to them as "good friends". She has not only made acquaintances, not even mere friends, but good friends. The fondness she has for some of her co-workers is unparalleled in other careers because there is something quite special about a group of people working together to create art. Certainly, there are people who are not desirable to work with, or people who do or think things you don't personally agree with, but for the most part, the relationships built within the theatre mean a great deal to those involved.
By the end of her visit, I felt reassured that I'm headed in the right direction. I proceed with some caution, knowing how difficult the path to the theatre is, but with a sense of determination because nothing on this earth can compare with being on the stage.