No I’m not referring to the fact that it’s been such a long time since I’ve posted anything. That is for another day. This phrase came to me in a wonderful note from a friend, Jenna Johnson, who’s moved to LA and is trying to make a go of it there. She meant it differently than I’m using it here but the the phrase was powerful enough to stand out on it’s own.
Finding the security in silence isn’t an easy thing to do. So often as talent, creatives and simply human beings, we are very uncomfortable with silence. How many times have we experienced the awkward silence in a conversation? Or when someone falls silent, rushed to fill a perceived void with meaningless words that sometimes end up doing more harm than good? Or when you think that nothing is happening in a situation, tried to make something, anything happen by forcing an action?
We are not comfortable with silence, especially in today’s world. There is so much stimulation visually and aurally that this has become the norm and silence is almost abnormal. I’ve really tried to make an effort to embrace silence when I work from home so I can let flow what needs to flow without the scattered focus interruptions these noises bring. But it’s a never-ending battle against a very strong tide.
The even more difficult silence to handle is when you feel there is silence in your career. You haven’t had an audition in weeks so you must be blackballed at the casting office. Or your agent is on the verge of dropping you. You haven’t done a voiceover in you don’t know how long so obviously your voice isn’t hirable. You had no response to your latest marketing campaign so that was a big waste of time and money. What you don’t know is what is happening in the silence. What is transpiring behind the scenes in the big picture of things. Trusting the silence, being secure in the knowledge that no news may really be good news, that you have planted and are are continuing to plant seeds of success is not easy. It’s takes a lot of faith, trust and discipline to not try to make something, anything happen because of course that’s the only way progress is measured right? Visible action must mean progress. Not always. Sometimes there’s plenty of action going on, you just can’t see it. Just know that it’s there and find security in the silence.