Field Notes: Allyx Townend

Field Notes: Allyx Townend

What is passion? No, really, what does it mean to have passion, to be passionate, to show compassion? These words are always defined but it’s impossible to truly understand real passion until it knocks at your door. I never really saw myself in this type of work; I barely knew it existed. However, when I stepped into the world of MiArts I felt passion–it became a vehicle for my compassion. It has grown to become a a need, a burning desire to act. The really beautiful thing about this passion, is that it is not a solo venture, but an ensemble, collaborating together.

Besides igniting passion, Mirror Image Arts has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, explore my identity, and question my assumptions. Who I was when I first walked into rehearsal, until now, just a year and a half later, is someone very different. When I look in the mirror, I see a budding leader, ready to take others on an exploration of what it means to be an empathic, critical thinking individual.

Without Mirror Images Arts, I would still be shrouded in fear and uncertainty–too close to the mirror to see anything else. I was encouraged to take a step back from the mirror and see my whole. I was encouraged to keep backing up until I could see my loved ones, until I could see my community. I am finding my voice in Mirror Image Arts, and with this, I will help others find theirs.

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