I Am a Theater Junkie

Growing up in Vietnam during the war I participated in entertaining wounded soldiers during my 10th to 12th grades. I always knew I had some artistics talents in me. Unfortunately, my parents thought it was a bad idea to pursue any kind of performing arts. First of all, artists/musicians got little to no respect in the Vietnamese society. Second of all, supporting oneself would be tough. Third, artists/musicians tend to be moody. Fourth, if you are a woman, often you have to compromise to get anywhere, talent or not. I decided to be studious and finished high school and entered Law school.

The end of the war brought my whole family to the Unitted States. Without a word of English, I had to start all over. To fight my urge to study arts, dance, or theater, I turned to studying Mathematics since it is such a universal language. Also I thought this would tame my moodiness if I became more logical and it did help my mood tremendously.

After graduating with a Mathematics major and a French minor I spent the next 18 years in the corporate world, making a decent living. Since my "retirement" (a luxury that came early for me) I became very passionate about  getting into depth with performing arts.

Besides going to the theaters in NY regularly, I go to London just to see plays with friends once a year. I call it my "art education" week. The phrase "art immitates life" definitely resonates with me as I continue the learning process through plays, dance performances, operas, and classical music. I am very lucky indeed to be able to have my horizon broaden at this stage of my life.

snowie snowie
51-55, F
1 Response May 13, 2007

It is so wonderful that you get to enjoy your passion now! I really enjoyed your story :)