MODELING & TALENT
breakingintoshowbiz By Adam Hill
It’s ﬁne to emulate the celebrities
that you admire, but the most
important thing you can do is
embrace your own unique qualities
he famous American dancer and choreographer Martha
Graham once said: “There is a vitality, a life force, a
quickening that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one you in all time, this ex-
pression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist
through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valu-
able it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your
business to keep it clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
Graham died three years before her 100th birthday in 1991, but
she shared with us this additional piece of wisdom: “Permit life to
use you in an intense way.” She was choreographing a ballet, “The
Eyes of the Goddess,” at the time of her death. Intense at 97.
What impressed me the most about her quote is the idea that
each one of us is capable of creating something special that no one
else can. And if we fail to create, then our special uniqueness may
never be known.
T TO BE OR NOT TO BE!
“To be or not to be, that is the question” is without doubt the
most famous opening line to any soliloquy in the English lan-
guage. There are many theories as to its meaning. Most believe it
is Hamlet contemplating suicide; while others believe that he is
considering murdering his uncle. There are those scholars who
suspect Hamlet is pondering something quite different.
This is how they might translate this famous quote: “To be who
I really am or to live a life as something I’m not.”
Hamlet’s speech continues, “Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to
suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms
against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them.”
Perhaps this translates as, “Am I a better person if I listen to
others and suffer in silence denying what’s in my heart? Or do I
speak my mind and be my true self?”
No matter how you interpret this soliloquy, the end result is the
“TO BE, OR NOT TO BE”: In Hamlet’s
soliloquy, he ponders whether life is worth
living or not. He personally feels that it isn't,
but says that the reason that many of us
don't end our lives sooner is because our
fear of the unknown—death—is stronger
than our misery while alive.
same. Hamlet is a young man who must take action if he is to live
a happy life and the ﬁnal decision must be his.
DO YOUR OWN THING
Every generation has its own music, clothes, hairstyles, etc. I
suggest that along with whatever the current trends, you take into
consideration that there is no one in the world like you. No one
sounds like you, no one looks exactly like you. No one has your cre-
ativity, no one has your imagination, and no one has your back-
ground and history.
Even identical twins have unique features, something that sets
them apart from the person who shares their DNA. There are oth-
ers similar to you, but there is not one person identical to you. This
means your dreams as well. Although others might crave the same
goals as you, your dreams are uniquely yours.
I was around in the 1960s when it was popular to “do you own
thing”. As a generation, these people separated themselves from
past and future generations. As a generation, they were coura-
geously unique. Although much good came out of their move-
ment, it is my belief that too many people sacriﬁced their
individual dreams for a collective dream. Not all, but many. There
were those who, when the time was right, removed the cloak of
sameness and moved on to achieve their personal dreams. Along
with any collective dream there must be the individual’s dream.
I liken the artist to instruments in an orchestra. Each instru-
ment has its own sound. The trumpet and the violin are two very
different instruments. But what the trumpet and the violin can do
is play the same piece of music. The result will be each instrument