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Essential Traits Of A Good Freelancer
Marc suggests that awareness and self-acceptance are essential traits of a good
freelancer. The ability to know you can just do something even if you know nothing about
the subject requires self-awareness. Marc agrees, “some times I would refuse a project
because it doesn’t fit my parameters. There are times when it doesn’t but I still try it.” He
mentions an animated cartoon for getting kids to brush their teeth. The acceptance part is
often about making peace with the process or developing a product that does not fit your
creative standards or at times never even seeing it come to fruition.
Co-creating: “Side Effects May Include” and “Shaking With Laughter”
During our conversation, Marc was secretive about a theatre project he was developing
and says, “The thing I’m working on now is a personal matter. Once it’s out there, it won’t
be personal. Otherwise, I’m generally open to talking about things.” A year later he reveals
a play he wrote with Eric Coble called ‘Side Effects May Include’ which is a fundraising
vehicle for a foundation, he created along with his wife, called ‘Shaking With Laughter”
which raises money for Parkinson Research. His wife, an OB/GYN, was diagnosed with
Parkinson disease four years ago.
Side Effect May Include is described as, “A roller-coaster ride through an escalating curtain
of pills, fidelity, secrets, questions of manhood and womanhood, age, desire, more pills.
The Good News: There are drugs that can control the symptoms for now. The Bad News:
Potential fresh hell world of side effects. But Good News: His wife gets the rarest of side
effects: A wildly amped sex drive not by Maggie since she was 19 years old! Bad News:
Phil isn’t nineteen.” Click on the following link to find out more about his new play.
(http://www.cptonline.org/big-box-11-week-8.php).
The richness of Marc’s personal and professional life comes full circle with this collaboration
with Eric Coble in creation of a play and the tandem development of a foundation with his
wife. The play, Side Effects May Include, has received standing ovations and has been
sold out. This is a example of how a powerful narrative has the power to change not only
the writer (s), but the audience. “The ‘I’ as the center of the story must gradually be
replaced by the ‘we’” (K. Gergen, 2009, p. 177-178). This play is not only collaborative,
but also generative in terms of laughter, raising awareness, and providing research funding.
Marc demonstrates that sharing our story is the best medicine.
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