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The second weekend of my show begins now. And to be quite honest, I'm not really excited to perform. Could be because it is a different experience not to be doing a show with all of my best friends. Could be because no one I really want to perform for is coming. But doesnt that go against the point? Shouldnt I want to be performing because acting alone makes me happy?
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But come on. I'm a pro (so i tell myself). Put it all aside and be GERTRUDE. Gertrude needs to get to the freaking ball.
New lesson - Perform every show like there is a critic front row.
It's finally happening! Tech week is upon us and were finally getting a move on.
This week has been a plethora of new experiences for me. Yesterday was my first time in a legit dressing room. There was lights and mirrors and chairs. I felt special because it was only for the principle actors. Which, yes, also means we are finally on stage for good. This is also my first time navigating the wings of another stage. Some actor right? Ha, well twelve shows at Notre Dame has consumed me to the point of not having the opportunity at other companies. This is so much fun! It was the first time my hair was almost too large to fit in my car too, but that was quite fun as well.
All in all, my doubts are totally at ease. Once the show began yesterday on stage with costumes makeup and some lights (no set or sound) something powerful overcame me. It was one of those moments like "Wow, I was born to do this. This is my element, my calling.. I am incredibly happy." And that made all the worries, long drives and other little things so unimportant.
The show is almost ready to open! A few more tech rehearsals and we've got a great thing under our belts. I cannot wait to have an audience!
So what I've learned for now is, its all worth it. Your passion will make your performance a spectacle. There's always so much more to learn no matter how much you think you know.
And most importantly, "Just keep on dreaming!"