I have been dogged by a couple of not-so-fun productions and a series of unsuccessful auditions. This would get any performer a little down. There is also now the probability that I will be moving, which means learning a new area and building my theater self again.
But thanks to one Ballet Hispanico master class that I (thankfully!!!) decided to go to at the last minute, I think I’m back!
To be a performer, you have to be stubborn.
You have to go to every class, every audition, practice every day, even if you don’t want to.
The past few months have been a total failure. And I have learned some things from the stress of the not-so-good times.
I am getting paid to act in a murder mystery dinner theater now. I guess that means I’ve reached my goal of being a paid performing artist. Though I’d like to be paid to dance, but this is a start. It’s very interesting and very different, and I can’t say I’m used to it yet. Interacting with an audience can be nerve-wracking, and acting improvisation is something I’ve never done. Dance improvising I could do all day, but make me open my mouth and it’s not so good. But I think I’m learning. It’s just not consistent performances so it’s difficult to get into a rhythm like I do with stage shows.
I have learned that I like a more hands-on director. After experiencing both, I definitely like one that has a clear picture of what they want and doesn’t compromise. Now I have to learn how to work with the other kind and not be miserable.
Most importantly, I have learned in the past few years what I have to do to get established in an arts community.
1) Audition for community and professional theaters.
2) Keep taking classes wherever and at as many places as I need to get what I need.
3) Send my materials to all the production companies in the area. (I know I haven’t done this so far, but I’ve been thinking about it for a while and I think it would be helpful. They are always looking for new faces.)
I think it’s imperative to do this as quickly as possible. The more you get out there, the more you’ll be informed about what’s going on in your new arts world and be able to take advantage of it.
The other thing I’m going to do is find a voice teacher ASAP. I have a new place full of people who don’t know I’m not a confident singer, so if I can brush up on that aspect of my performance, I should be golden.