Musicians and actors take a look at months with out work
Christian musicians and actors were unable to tour or perform after the outbreak of Covid-19 because government restrictions on mass gatherings forced all concert venues, cinemas and theaters to close.
One example is the rap musician Guvna B. His new album Everywhere and Nowhere will be released on April 3rd, but instead of going everywhere he won't go anywhere as all concerts promoting the album have been postponed to November. He said last week that his beliefs supported him despite the challenges.
"I hold on to biblical truths and think of other difficult situations in which I could see no way out," he said. "It helps me to stay hopeful. Knowing that God has my back is an opportunity for hope, and I find comfort in knowing that God is in control. "
However, the singer admitted that he and members of his touring crew could have financial difficulties: “It is difficult for me and everyone I work with because pretty much everything has been canceled or postponed. Most of us are self-employed and freelance, and much of our income comes from live music.
“They draw on potential savings as well as family and friends – but there aren't many sustainable options in the long term.”
Other Christian musicians facing career setbacks are Stormzy, Tori Kelly and Lacrae, who have canceled all tour dates.
The closure of theaters and cinemas and the postponement of many television productions have also made the actors unemployed. Owen Findlay, a London-based actor and churchgoer, said last week: “I had an audition for a summer project that was postponed and whether it will go on is up in the air. However, I am happy to have the church church around me and my church really supports me. "
He said the government's promise announced last Thursday to provide more financial aid to the self-employed was not very helpful. "The fact that it will take until June for this money to arrive is ridiculous – many people will be bankrupt by then."
Matt Gibbs, an actor and writer, said: “As a person of faith, I was able to remain confident. I have little control here, but this is a reality that freelancers live with. I'm a little scared, but I'm trying to give it to God. I am prayerfully optimistic. "
St. Paul’s chief theater chaplain, Covent Garden in London, Rev. Lindsay Meader, said that their organization, Theater Chaplaincy UK, is promoting people in the theater community.
"It can be immensely valuable to give theater people a space where they can be open to their beliefs," she said. "There are testing times ahead, but I've been touched by the resilience and humor of many of the people I work with. They keep each other busy, even though many actors are now working in supermarkets."
Theater Chaplaincy UK accepts prayer requests and started at 11 p.m. Church service on Thursdays during Lent, which is broadcast live on Facebook, and a “matinee meditation and prayer” at 2.30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Other organizations, such as West End Has Faith, who used to organize prayer meetings in cafes, have now gone online.
Rev. Simon Grigg, Rector of St. Paul & # 39; s, Covent Garden, known as Actors & # 39; Church, described the closure of the West End of London as "a bleak day".
“The plan was originally for the church to act as a point of contact and source of support, coffee and entertainment, but this plan has been overtaken by events. However, I can still be reached by phone or email for those who need assistance. It is a difficult time. "
PAThe Noel Coward Theater in the West End of London, which is closed until further notice