The life of a performer tends to seem otherworldly to us regular folk. We listen to podcasts hosted by our favorite musicians and actors and we watch Jerry Seinfeld dissect the comedic mind, all in an effort to make sense of what drives them. Why do they do it? How do they do it? What makes them say what they say?
Urgency seems to be a big part of what pushes performers. They need to say it. There’s no other option. What may start as a tiny thought soon becomes the seed of a show. That performance needs to be sculpted and re-sculpted until, hopefully, that first tiny thought has evolved into something magical. And the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is where a lot of your favorite artists (and those you don’t know are your favorite just yet) expedite the process of finding that magic.