Compassion, self-compassion, and great story-telling

This Time for Me by Alexandra Billings

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I used to see posters for shows featuring Alexandra Billings at the Bailiwick, and always thought of her as one of the big stars of Chicago theatre who just happened to work a lot at that particular theatre. This intimate account of how she got there and continued working and growing was amazing.
The writing is patient, compassionate, sometimes raw, sometimes hilarious. Always there’s the sense that she’s telling you just as she experienced it, so you can see how certain decisions and discoveries came to be. I found myself inspired and also wanting to be easier on myself and others as I experienced the kind of pressure Billings put on herself at certain moments, and how she seemed to evolve beyond that to seek different kinds of challenges and experiences. A great read.



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