• Et Alia

"And others."

It's cheesy, maybe. I think it's beautiful. "Et Al" was the working title for this project, until I discovered the beautiful feminine fluidity of the full phrase, which, appropriately, is actually the genderless declension.

There are many privileges I can claim; economic and educational privilege have never been among them. Almost everything I've learned about working in the arts has been hard-won, on-the-job learning, trial-and-error—sometimes painful, strenuous, and cringey as hell—and I struggle to this day with the emotional issues stemming from a bout of homelessness, years of financial instability, and no familial support, monetary or moral.

Arts and education should be egalitarian, and while a degree in musical theatre or filmmaking is hardly crucial to hone abilities or guarantee success, the truth remains that money provides access provides education provides networks which lead to elevation and visibility, and thus success in the arts is still reserved primarily for the children of the wealthy, famous, supportive, or connected.

This is why Et Alia now exists: to share information one usually has to pay for a degree or program or workshop to acquire, to do whatever we can to eliminate institutional obstacles to access. If I can pave the path for others, I intend to.

Nothing I've ever accomplished has been done alone (though I will avow great pertinacity and prolificity). Hopefully I can be counted among the "others" who help you—and others—create.

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