“Get off this, get on with it.”- Remembering Enzo

This was posted on Vincenzo’ Tortorici’s Facebook Page by an old friend of his, J. Scott Frugate, who is a theatre and jazz producer in the Atlanta area http://www.jazzevangelist.net.  This is reproduced here by permission.

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Vincenzo Enzo TortoriciAn old friend and one of Atlanta’s finest entertainers – actor, comic, clown, puppeteer, writer, teacher, story teller, Vaudevillian, Renaissance man Vincenzo Tortorici – passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Hearing that someone so vibrant passed so suddenly left me breathless and shell shocked.

His final Facebook status was posted Monday night, and it said simply “Get off this, get on with it.”

I’ve been reflecting on it a lot since yesterday.We never know how much time we actually have – but I certainly waste a great deal of it on pointless pursuits such as Facebook and politics. Every post we make, every argument we have, every attitude we project could be our last. What final impression will we leave? What do we need to get off of and get on with before it’s too late?

Vince’s statement reflects on his life and attitude, one dedicated to making people laugh, making people happy, and making the world a better place . . . and it needs to be my new mantra.

At the end of Vince’s bio on Emory Theatre alumni he states, “Take the time now to put your energy into experimenting, pushing yourself beyond what you thought was possible, or even reasonable. You may never have the opportunity again in your adult life to pursue truly experimental modes of expression in the arts – take advantage of the time and freedom you have now . . . you are your own commodity, and your own best sales force. Don’t wait for the phone to ring, with someone asking you to interpret a particular role. Build your network of friends, colleagues, collaborators, and co-conspirators, and create, create create! All creative endeavor consists in asking two questions, alternately, in a never-ending loop: “What if?” and “Why Not?”

Indeed. Thank you Vince.

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