Too Many People Want To Be Taken Seriously
The easiest way is not to try ...
Last week my daughter - 12 years old - asked me why some people want to be taken seriously and others don't. A bit philosophical for me really but I answered her as best I could ...
Too many people want to be taken seriously, but you can still have a laugh while you do it.
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I said that at certain times we all have to be serious, but wanting to be taken seriously is quite another matter. For example, my father died very recently and I gave the eulogy at his funeral. Now while it was a serious occasion I felt no need to do a serious talk.
"I remembered the funny incidents from childhood and stories about his friends, many now also gone; it went down well."
I wanted people to enjoy it, learn something about him and to celebrate 89 years of which 85 were good, but I didn't want people to take me seriously as that isn't what I do. My dad of all people knew that, so why try and change suddenly?
At work, I put on productions, have the stage hire business, the magic workshops and direct comedy, and yes, I take it all very seriously, but I honestly couldn't care less if people take me seriously.
I think wanting to be taken seriously is something for others, and if you are a surgeon or Prime Minister you have to sing to that tune, but for most of us, you don't need all that baggage. I see people on social media, and all they want is for others to say how marvellous they are, and apart from anything else, it's boring.
So I don't really know why people crave for it. We all crave for something I suppose. I'm writing a sitcom at present and really want it to be successful, and I think it's perfect, but as I've written it around other people I know, I won't take it seriously if it does get shown.
All I've done is nicked a bit of real life and put it down on paper. It is a comedy, and that's how it should be viewed. I'm not trying to change the world.
And I think that's what it boils down to. People who want to change the world feel the need to be taken seriously. Certainly, the ones I know and none of them will change the world because all we can do is to help a little bit of it at best, and if we all do that then maybe the world will change.
"I had a great knees-up the other day for my birthday."
A group of mates came round, I ordered a load of pies, and then we played snooker, drank beer and made each other laugh. But I also had a mate who was collecting for an Indian Girl's Orphanage, and we all threw some money in the pot.
When we counted it out at the end, we'd got £180. They need £240 a year to educate one girl, so we were well on the way to helping one child. If we all did something like that, it may make a difference.
So have a good time and be yourself. Try not to take it all seriously, cos we'll all be dead in the end, and do a little bit if you can afford to.
Maybe people will take you seriously if that's what you crave, but if they do, then my advice is to suddenly do something very silly indeed, like ride a motorbike through The Bull Hotel in Olney dressed in black underwear which I once did.
"They probably wouldn't appreciate it now as it's been extensively refurbished."
I should become a life coach and just tell everyone to enjoy themselves, there's probably a market for it. But I probably won't, as it's all a bit too serious.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.