The Quality of Persistence
Every superhero knows the power of persistence is paramount! This week we will feature a series of articles by Amy Armstrong of Operamouth that examines persistence in art!
by Amy Armstrong
Persistence: “The quality of continuing steadily despite problems or difficulties”.
It is the fuel that lights the fire when all other sources seem lost to us. It is the spark in the soul where darkness may have threatened to descend. It is the part of our heads that keeps us wanting and desiring despite obstacles that stand in our way. It is the road before us that is always there and ready to accommodate our brave feet if only we would continue to walk. It is the stuff of miracles, legends, and stories throughout the ages across which our fingers pass, urging us to learn from them. It is the word that flies in the face of giving up, letting go, taking the easy road instead of the road that is right for us and is in line with the dreams we hold close to our hearts. Persistence really is the soul of action. It is the fuel before the fire, the oxygen that sets the match ablaze. If it is lost, the throttle of life and our dreams, are lost with it. It keeps the shadows of regret from ever entering the heart and delivers us to our bliss.
As part of a blog post series I’m launching, I’ve asked people in the industry to share their thoughts on persistence and what it means to them in their own pursuits and will be posting their responses here. In the meantime, go check out the post here, which was one of the sources of my inspiration.
In January, Amy will be playing the role of Ethel in Footloose at the Eagle Theatre, her first role in an Equity theater. Past roles have included Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, and Julie in Carousel. Film credits include background on USA’s Political Animals, a featured role as the Therapist in a Five Day Film Festival short film entry, The Sidewinder as well as several local television commercials and print ads. She regularly sings with the Voices of the Pops, the featured vocal ensemble for Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, with performances at the Kimmel Center, and the Philadelphia Singers, the featured choral ensemble for the Philadelphia Orchestra, with performances at the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Saratoga Music Festival. Past engagements included the soprano fairy soloist, Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the Philadelphia Kantorei in their performance with the Pennsylvannia Ballet, the title role in Suor Angelica with the Denver Opera Company, and several performances, too many to name, with Opera Colorado, and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. She has been a contributing writer for Operagasm, and is a regular columnist for Stage Magazine.