If it’s good enough for Shakespeare, it good enough for me…but it took me awhile to embrace it. Though I’ve spent much of my life working as a professional actor, the idea of everything we do in this life taking place on the proverbial stage is a metaphor that has taken me some time to really wrap my head around. In my younger days, I believed the stage to be a place of fiction that I just happened to be lucky enough to call my workplace. But as time marched on and the miles on the odometer of life increased, it became clearer and clearer to me that the stage is actually a place of truth. The demarcation between stage life and real life became ever so slight that now, I believe there really is no line at all. It’s just life. And life is better when you embrace the roles you get to play. Son, father, spouse, Lancelot, citizen, student, teacher, Sweeney Todd, friend, guide, follower, Judas, brother, supporter, Secret Service Officer, guy in bank, and Thomas Jefferson. I have played or continue to play all of these roles. Some are fictional and I played them as a job, others are not and I live them as a life. Some are both. Some I chose, some chose me. All of them make my life richer because of the stories they allow me to tell.
So, what does any of this have to do with real estate? Excellent question. I’m glad you asked. Real estate plays a role in all of our lives, whether we want it to or not. Take a second right now and think about all the ways real estate effects your life. What images pop into your mind when you consider the idea of real estate? Home… Work… School…. Play… How about faith? How about history? How about Times Square or Yosemite Valley? What do all these places have in common? They are the proverbial “stages” upon which we play out the stories of our lives. And it’s these stories that spoke to the storyteller in me and inspired my wife and I to create Arts Ambassadors. Just as every person has a story to tell, every place plays a central role in someone’s story as well. And thus, I began to more fully understand Mr. Shakespeare as he beautifully points out that the stages upon which we tell our stories are literally everywhere and they are inseparable from the stories themselves.
This symbiosis of storyteller, story and place is a foundational idea of Arts Ambassadors. The language we use in our approach is not far removed from the language we’ve used in countless rehearsals and performances throughout a life in the Arts. We think in terms of “Acts”and “Motivations.” We speak of “Staging” and “Closing.” We discuss “Setting” and “Location.” The given circumstances of a play are not at all dissimilar from the given circumstances of a life…and that’s exactly our point. It is often said that “art imitates life.” But I would go a step further and say that art IS life and at Arts Ambassadors we believe that life is exponentially enriched by embracing the significant role the arts and real estate play in our lives and then taking this awareness and using it to elevate the personal fulfillment we gain by joyfully playing the numerous roles we get to live. I will look forward to sharing our stories upon whatever stage we find ourselves. Till then…do more.