The rivalry that doesn’t exist

By Brian Duskey

April 23, 2012

As a proud Theatre & Cinema student, I constantly have to hear about this “Theatre and Music student rivalry.” Let me say one thing about this: shut up. This rivalry? It’s bullshit. It doesn’t exist. Any more talking about it is just fuel to a fire that isn’t even flammable. The biggest example of this so-called “rivalry” was the casting of “Little Shop of Horrors.” A lot of Theatre majors were irritated by the fact that there were so many Music majors casted in the show. First of all: there are 5 Theatre students in the show and 4 Music students. We have the majority. Second of all, it’s a musical. There is singing. So the performers who are trained in vocals are going to have some advantage. And lastly: you’re going to be bitter towards a production because you didn’t get a part? How professional of you. This is how the real world works. You do not always get a part. You move on. One of my professors, and somewhat of a role model to me, once told me (in a nutshell) that you just have to forget about your audition. If you get the part: great! If not: who’s next? And when someone asks you how your audition went, you say, “What audition?” Let me tell you a personal story. I’m an actor. I love being an actor. And a year ago, I had no roles to my plate. When I would tell fellow students or my professors that I was here to learn acting, they would be in surprise. They didn’t take me seriously. I was bitter about this. You know what I did? For the next audition, I studied my ass off and put together the most intense and exhausting audition I could possibly do. I had something to prove. I wanted everyone to know who I was and what I was capable of. I auditioned with a purpose. This was my Romeo & Juliet audition. If you didn’t see the production, I got one of the most desired parts in the show. And I had close friends who were jealous of me. Mad at me, even. I still worked my ass off to get it right and I did. This whole experience changed my life. It didn’t just make me a better actor, but a better person. Not getting a role should motivate you. Inspire you to be better, but in a healthy way. Not in a destructive way. These words I use may not please you. These words might blow like a pipe bomb. In fact: I hope they do. This needs to be heard. We need to realize that it doesn’t matter what our major is. We are all here to put on an amazing production. Hating each other will not accomplish that. Hating each other will accomplish nothing.

Comments

  1. Steve Catron says:

    This is quite possibly the craziest, biggest self-indulging, narcissistic- and most importantly, incorrect- piece of shit I have read in some time. I literally do not know where to start. First off, I work with the author on a somewhat regular basis, so I am confused at what he appears to be looking at that is the foundation of this article, because I certainly don’t see it. Second, half-way the article shifts from discussing this “rivalry” to discussing how he acquired a role and how people were mad at him for it- which didn’t happen what-so-ever. I actually agree with the basic, original topic of this article: that there is no real rivalry and that people need to stop bitching. But that is the extent of my appreciation. This article is no more than someone stereo-analyzing his colleagues while sitting high atop his throne of delusion in hopes to grab the spotlight for a moment and gain whatever attention, positive or negative, than can be a response to his criticisms. Dusky man, I don’t know what you were sipping on that made you want to write this, but reading this legitimately irritated me. And I know you’re a better person than that

  2. Brian Duskey says:

    Steve, I respect your opinion on this but I think you may have misunderstood me on a few points.

    I was not saying that the whole department is like this… they clearly are not. My point was that there are a few people who acted like this, and still do. I see several people more concentrated on themselves than the department.

    Now, with the whole people being mad at me over me getting a role… that was one person and it didn’t last long. It was just a side example I wanted to use.

    And with me stereo-analyzing my colleagues, that was so not my intention. I do not see everyone doing this. If I think you act like this, I will and have told you.

    And the last point you made that I want to address is saying that I am doing this for attention. If you know ANYTHING about me, you would know that I don’t react well to people calling me out or bringing me down…. so knowing that this article would result in some of that, I did NOT do it for any selfish reasons. I’m just sick of dealing with bad relationships between people in shows. It almost made me quit a show last semester.

    This article was not meant to call anyone out, so I did not want to bring up certain people or the situations that inspired me to write this up.

    Once again, I respect you and your opinion… I just wanted to put my side into it.

    I also can definitely understand your annoyance. That was a risk I knew I was taking while writing it.