Journal #4: Cẩn Thận – Careful

And with that, auditions are over!

I’m honestly really bad at taking pictures of things while they’re happening, so unlike Calvin’s very nicely-decorated posts with lots of pictures, mine have none. You’ll all have to deal.

Anyway, Friday, with drama’s final callbacks, concluded the end of a very long month of auditions. With Awechords’, Modern’s, Traditional’s, and Drama’s auditions finally over, we can say that we have 99% of our cast on board! (The only exception being Stage Crew, which takes ongoing applicants.) We had a lot of very talented auditions for Drama, but unfortunately could only accept a handful. The small nature of my cast prevents me from adding more people.

This morning, I wrote an e-mail to the drama cast. I wanted to share with them a few things, and I will paraphrase a few of those few things here. While this e-mail was sent to the drama cast, I have a feeling that I will send these messages out to all-cast soon as well, after we have our rosters filled out.

firstly, you are a person, then a student, then a cast member

With my cast members, due to the touchy nature of this topic, I refuse to make VCN the cause of anyone’s mental breakdown. I do not want anyone to feel overwhelmed, lost, or swept away by the amount of work they need to complete. If you need a break, you need a break– don’t be afraid to ask for it.

My producer, Amy, says I need to take my own advice.

the content of this script is very real to me

While this script and theme is heavily influenced by details from my own life, I don’t want any of the cast members to feel they have to be as accurate as possible. It’s enough for me to have my script come to life and to convey the messages I want to preach.

i am a resource for you to use

During the course of this VCN, and hopefully for a very long time afterward, I hope that cast members feel comfortable talking about their experiences and sharing them to gain support and understanding. If any of my cast members need a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on, or a resource, I hope to be that for them.

take care of yourselves

This seems quite self-explanatory, but it’s always something you need to hear.

My mental health is far from perfect. But I want to make sure that I’m doing everything I can to prevent other people’s mental health from faltering.

Careful. Please, please, please– be careful. Take care of yourself, and take care of others.

Chân thành,

Sarah Ho

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