My Declaration of Artistic Independence

I, Mary Niederkorn, accept the challenge that being an actor means: to always be truthful, to see and accept myself and others as they truly are. I believe that when I do this, human hearts can change and begin to live the destiny held for us by the Universe – to be whole and free. I respect and support what happens when I and other artists ignite their creativity. I am part of that community – it is my life’s work.

I am committed to this work no matter what challenges come my way – to always trust that there is a purpose, even in the face of apparent failure. I respect the dignity of every person’s experience and will not judge or try to change that to suit my demands. I will give myself and others permission to make mistakes. Nor will I sell myself out because of fear (either of failing OR succeeding) or laziness.

I believe that with this attitude I cannot fail. I believe that with the support of other like-minded artists we cannot fail.

“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” Mother Teresa

-- "Changing hearts through collaborative performance."