Today we’re joined by Two. Two is another first for Asexual Artists: she’s interested in the technical side of theater. Two works in theater crews and does a lot of behind the scenes work. Reading her interview, I had forgotten just how much work goes into performance art and much of it is things the audience probably takes for granted: sound effects, microphones, lighting, etc. The crew is responsible for creating the setting that allows the viewers to be immersed into the world of whatever is happening on the stage. Two is incredibly passionate about the theater and it really shows. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am currently a junior in high school and am in drama 3 honors. A few months ago, I was inducted into hints thespian society. While I do enjoy acting, I found I am much more comfortable working crew for shows. It doesn’t seem much like an art form, but crew is the glue that keeps a show happening. I run sound. This includes setting up monitors; microphones, floor, hanging and face; creating all the sound effects; and controlling it all from the booth during the show. The most artistic I really get is in making the sound effects. I had to make a seven minute thunderstorm that changed intensity throughout the scene. I had a good time going through our effects library just to find the right thunderclap, or for a specific way the wind blew so it was going through trees instead of a tunnel. It’s little things like this that often go unnoticed. I also stage manage a little, which means I’m in charge of the entire crew. I would like to direct more. I may have the opportunity to direct the summer musical with my parish.
What inspires you?
The thing that inspires me is the person I become when I have a show to work on. I’m not sure why, but when I have a show I become so much more organized, proactive, confident and self-assured. I’m trying to shift some of that motivation to my acting and school work. I also enjoy working on shows despite how stressful they can be and how little recognition the crew gets. It’s a whole subculture of theater that nobody remembers just because they aren’t center stage. It can get annoying when even the cast disregards us, but I still feel proud of my work.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
My mom put me in my first show when I was in the first grade. I later found out she did this because “it was something she thought I should try.” Ten years later, there hasn’t been a year where I wasn’t involved in a show in some way, shape, or form. Up until the eighth grade I had only acted in shows. I crewed my first show when I was a Freshmen. My friends and I crewed for our middle school. I remember wanting to run sound specifically because I knew I was too small to be much of a help back stage. Since then, sound just made a lot of sense to me. I don’t think becoming an artist was part of my plan. I never really had a plan for myself.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
To aspiring artists, I want to say that you will find your own space in the world. Things may not feel totally right at the moment, or you feel like what you do is big or important. But it really doesn’t matter if it is important or not. It only matters that it is important to you.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
As of now, I am asexual, hetero (demi?) romantic. I’m still figuring it out.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Once I told someone the guy I had a crush on was ace, and they pulled up Google and started reading about plants. I wanted to climb across the dinner table and punch him, but that is unreasonable. Since then, because I haven’t come out to everyone, I sometimes get offhand remarks about why I don’t want to smash people. I think of saying something to them, but it just never feels like a good time. I let what they say go.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Other than the plant thing, I haven’t really heard anything about it. There are some people who disregard it as a valid sexuality.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I have two main pieces of advice. First, you may think you are alone, but you aren’t. I can guarantee that other people have gone through what you are going through. You aren’t broken, or alone. Second, sometimes you can’t take this too seriously. I thought I was demisexual until I had a dream I can’t remember. If it feels right go with it. You don’t need to give yourself something totally definitive. You can decide how specific you are about your sexuality. You cannot know what you are. Whatever you feel comfortable with is what you should go with.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
There’s nowhere to find out about my work specifically. Hopefully I can go pro with theater, then you can hear more about me.
Thank you, Two, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.