Dear Dancer (A Love Letter to You During Audition Season)
Dear Dancer, in the holding room at Ripley, Pearl, or wherever you may be, let's take a moment to remember things. As the room fills and your confidence wavers, give yourself this pep talk and acknowledge the sheer brilliance of everything you are.
You are capable. You are a dancer (singer, actress, friend, etc.). You have likely been training and honing your craft for years. Why doubt your ability now? You deserve to be in that room. Your talent is so unique and desirable. No one can dance like you. Do you know that? There is only one you, and there will only ever be one you throughout all time. Somewhere out there a casting director/choreographer/agent is looking for exactly your talent. How will they find you unless you shine bright like the beacon you are? Don't let yourself be intimidated by the other bright beacons in the room. Under no circumstance will their talent dim yours. There is room for everyone to shine and if we all shine together, the world will be a much brighter and more enlightened place to inhabit.
You are beautiful. Give thanks to your amazing body for its strength, grace, and willingness to comply with the incredible demand placed on it. You are so lucky to have an instrument from which you can express so many voices, stories, and emotions. Your body literally brings people joy simply by moving. Not everyone possesses that gift. It is your responsibility to share it. Don't get caught up wishing you had flatter abs, more defined legs, a super flexible arch. While you are wishing you had what they had, one thousand more people are wishing they could have merely a fraction of what you have. You are created perfectly just as you are. Celebrate your body and the experience of being you.
You are exactly where you are meant to be. No matter how the audition goes, remember this: what's meant for you will not pass you. You are on a journey completely unique to you. You can do your best to shape your journey, but ultimately what's meant to be will be. Take comfort in the fact that you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing and have faith that in the end, everything will be okay. I promise. Enjoy the journey. Learn from every person and every situation you encounter. You were meant to encounter them. Don't take those rejections to heart. They are preparing you for your personal destiny. Keep yourself open and the wonderful gifts that are meant for you will have no trouble finding you. Be receptive and vulnerable even though it is difficult. Keep the faith.
And if all else fails, remember that even Beyoncé has had to audition for gigs. Look how far she got by shining her own way.
Love and light always.
I'll see you in the holding room,