"Love me or hate me, both are in my favor...If you love me, I'll always be in your heart...If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind." - William Shakespeare

As the holiday season and the end of 2016 are upon us,  consider Shakespeare's words in reflection to whatever your feelings are about the artistic forces who have left this world, those who are leaving/coming into political power and those we hold close to us in difficult times. Who are you keeping in your heart and who are you keeping in your mind? And why?

Whether positive or negative, have this past years' events motivated you to steer your creativity in a new direction, stretch yourself in ways you had not previously considered? Does great change and growth come without pain? As the holiday bustle comes to a close and January (a relatively slow month for the industry in London) introduces 2017, we can use the time to truly reflect on these thoughts and questions, decide how we want to proceed as artists in this world which we are now living and move forward in the best possible light. 

Was this past year truly "the worst year ever," as social media platforms seem to repeat to us? For an interesting article on this topic, check out: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/the-worst-year-ever-until-next-year?mbid=social_twitter

And, in case you had not reminded yourself of your sucesses over the past year, take a gander here: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/secret-agent-man/how-approach-last-month-2016/?utm_campaign=backstage-daily&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=39517598