“Who Has Grit?”

In the music industry, you have to have “GRIT” as a woman. Nothing is going to be handed to you on a silver platter. The incredible long hours of writing songs, practicing them, recording them and marketing them is never ending. There is no moment of falling in your puddle and crying. Your journey is a long lonely road full of determination and GRIT.

Do you have GRIT? The courage to do what you want to do without rewards of fame or money.

Do you have GRIT? To keep getting up on stage and performing with all your moral fiber.

Do you have GRIT? To have the backbone and conviction to tell the world what you think is important.

No one has the right to tell another person what they should think or believe. Especially the Catholic Church. I think Sinead O’Connor has GRIT. Listen to her song, “My Special Child.” Sinead O’Connor tells the world about her own abortion and expresses how she felt even if her words created controversy.

Pope Francis said that he had met so many women who bear in their hearts the scar of this painful decision, yet the church still believes it is a grave sin. The Pope will allow priests to show mercy but only during the Holy Year. I don’t believe the Pope is going far enough.

The grandson of Planned Parenthood has spoken out on The Pro Life comments that Pope Francis made during his trip to the United States.

The Pope said, “The innocent victims of abortion, children who die of hunger or from bombings, immigrants who drown in the search for a better tomorrow, the elderly or the sick who are considered a burden, the victims of terrorism, wars, violence and drug trafficking, the environment devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature at stake in all of this is the gift of God, of which we are able stewards but no masters….”

Women’s words are extremely important right now. If you are an author, have GRIT. If you are a playwright, have GRIT, if you are a songwriter, have GRIT. Your pain will have merit. It will resonate to others. We must all grit our teeth and put our words to the test.

Author: susan

Susan Carr is a professional actress and singer performing in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Her film/TV credits include Lynn, Shelton's Laggies, Mike Mill's The Architecture of Reassurance, Rob Devor's ZOO, Paul Sorvino's That Championship Season, The Practice and Gilmore Girls. Susan has written many plays/screenplays that have been performed at Seattle Fringe Festivals, Bumbershoot and New City's New Works Festival. Susan is the vocal coach to many Grammy winning bands such as Macklemore, Alice in Chains, The Head & The Heart, Alien Ant Farm, Mastodon, The President of the United States and new up and coming bands, Hey Marseilles, Chelsea Wolf, and Pickwick. Susan teaches "The Art of Screaming!" The Ballad of Desiree is Susan's first novel.

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