To all of my incredibly talented friends who are doing wondrous jobs throughout the dance and musical theatre fields. This blog is for all of you and to myself.
Some of my nearest and dearest people are currently kicking serious ass in their careers. They are fully immersing themselves into the worlds of whichever shows they are in 8 times a week and are being so generous to their casts and audiences with their consistent, beautiful and real performances. These friends are the people who are so passionate about what they do and which show they are part of and they have my absolute respect and admiration.
Recently I have heard so many stories from these friends of people in their worlds moaning or complaining on a daily basis. Whether they’re moaning about having to do an extra rehearsal, or that they can’t be quite bothered to do the show. Or they moan because they didn’t get the role they assumed they’d get in the next show, or they bring their outside world problems and thoughts on to stage with them….. Hearing these things from the people I adore makes me really sad. Of course we all get tired when we’ve done a tech and an extra show in the school holidays, or sad if things outside of work aren’t going our way, but we have to remember there are so many others who would quite literally kill to do that extra rehearsal, have the role you didn’t want, do the show in their pants, wear that costume that rides up your bum……etc etc, you get my point!
It all goes back to being grateful for what we have and where we are in our lives right now. If we are truly living in the moment and being grateful for what we have, when we’re on stage doing what we love and what we’ve worked hard for should be the best and most rewarding thing. The committed people drive me to be better. To be the person they’d want in their company. The one who shows up, works hard, is a good company member and will always always try to be positive and grateful.
Outside of our industry the same thing applies. I met with a lady who is hugely respected and admired this week. She is really poorly and battling things I could never imagine, yet she lit a fire in me with her positive spirit. Her body is fighting a fight that no one should have to experience and yet her eyes and words were so bright. She is seizing every opportunity, living her best life and showing no sign of losing her drive and ambition. I usually can’t talk about morbid things, im a real crier and will shed a tear instantly if I start empathising too much or get over sensitive. However after speaking to this incredible lady I just felt enlightened. I left her feeling completely in awe, she truly is a superwoman! I felt like that fictional lightning bolt had hit me right between the eyes and I knew I had to live every second and make my life and every action and decision I make count.
I want to make a promise to myself to never take a job or opportunity for granted and to always remember the no’s, the auditions and comments that made me cry but also pushed me to work harder if I’m ever feeling crappy.
I owe it to myself to never ever complain, but I also owe it to the people who are still striving to get their dream. I owe it to the people who’s bodies are letting them down and are going through treatments that leave them unable to do what they’d love to do. I owe it to all the people who have planned for weeks and months and saved up to come see a show just to escape reality and be transported away from the outside world for a couple of hours.
Right, I’m off to be the best version of me that I can be today! Have a lovely day – be fabulous and in love with your life.