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Specificity, and also a million other things

by Maren Fischer

I have never really been good at devoting my focus and energy to one thing at a time. On a larger scale, at least. If I’m working on a certain project or something with a deadline, I will get it done for sure – no problem. I can easily concentrate on the immediate. It’s the specificity on a broader spectrum that I’ve always had difficulty with.

For example: Aw look, it’s ten-year-old Maren. How cute. Wow, she needs braces… What’s that she’s doing? Ballet classes, theatre, and choir – oh how lovely, good for her. Oh, she’s also learning viola, practicing gymnastics, and creating 5th grade sculptural masterpieces? Well, goodness, that seems like a lot for one girl to focus on… Oh, wait, she’s also collecting stickers, stamps, writing the next American youth novel, and managing her own wildlife nature preserve out of her backyard (dedicated to the protection and preservation of backyard frogs, geese, worms on the street that might get run over in the rain, and the like).

As you can see, I’ve always had more interests and activities in my life than I really had time for. And it hasn’t much changed as I’ve moved into adulthood. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I can’t do everything, at least not all at once. I think I might be in denial that there are only 24 hours in a day. I know, stereotypical overachiever. It’s just that I love so many different things, and can’t bare to exclude any of them from my life.

Being an actor actually helps me feel like I’m accomplishing several of the things I want to do. I just got back from a month and a half of shows at a theatre in Pennsylvania. The theatre was located in this gorgeous valley surrounded by huge green hills, with a river running right through. And it made me remember how cool my job can be that I get to travel to different places and experience the serenity of a more rural area, and then return back to the exciting commotion of New York City. So, wanting to travel: Check. (At least a little bit.)

Being an actor also supports my passion for reading, learning about the world and current events, human psychology, nutrition, singing, dancing, and sometimes even writing.

I’ll probably always have too many hobbies and ambitions to count. So what. I’ve always believed variety is the spice of life, anyway. Besides, why shouldn’t we be able to do everything we love in one lifetime? I think it’s at least worth trying. Let them never say I was ever once bored.

Anyway, off to my hot air ballooning class… after that, conquering world hunger. Catch you later.

Maren Fischer

About Maren Fischer

Maren Fischer is an actress, writer, dreamer, and popcorn lover in New York City. Originally from the good ol' Mitten State (Michigan), she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, and now does way too many things at once, including Shakespeare, musicals, screenwriting, teaching, and even some inventive baking. Her favorite quote: "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels." -Faith Whittlesey. Follow Maren on Twitter @MarenBFischer

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