Everyone wants to spend their lives doing what they enjoy, preferably with people they love; and having a career means being paid to do what you’d do anyway for free. Without wishing to be smug, that’s something that we lucky few manage to achieve by devoting our lives to the performing arts, whether writing about it (as I do) or being part of it as part of the creative team or cast. It’s the very definition of something being a labour of love.
And yes, sometimes it means giving it away - or working for very little. I thought of this on the weekend when I saw a wonderful cast of stellar West End talent bringing their hearts, souls and glorious voices to a one-night charity benefit concert performance of a musical Children of Eden that ran for less than 3 months during its original West End run back in 1991, but they restored to vibrant glory.