November 05, 2006

Comfort Zone

I stepped out of mine today. Just a bit -not a leap- but itís the stepping out, not how far that counts, right?

I went on an audition this afternoon. It was for a stage play at a newly formed theater company around town.

A little background: I was a theater kid back in high school, and had I ever actually graduated from college I almost certainly would have ended up with a BFA despite my better intentions. After I dropped out I quit. I was never going to be a professional, I reasoned, so why even bother.

It was not the brightest idea Iíve ever had. I managed to cut myself off from something I loved, something that I was actually good at, and something that kept me connected to my friends.

And when I say cut off, I mean it. I havenít been on stage in a decade. I havenít been on an audition -before today- since. Hell, Iíve only attended a half-dozen stage plays in the past 10 years or so.

It was in hindsight one of the stupidest things I could have even thought about doing.

So, a small step to rectify it today. Iím not expecting anything. I read okay I think. Like every audition (or job interview or first date, theyíre all the same thing) I immediately thought of a dozen things I should have done differently right after I was done. Sometime in the next day or two Iíll get a call from the director or more likely his assistant to let me know that they appreciated my reading and would like me to continue to audition in the future, but they have decided to go in a different direction.

That part doesnít matter. What matters is the step.

Posted by Frinklin at November 5, 2006 11:06 PM | TrackBack

:-) Good for you. I love being part of community-level theater, whether on stage or in the audience, wherever I am. I really had no time to do it this semester, but I carved out a little bit to do one song and sketch in the fall "Law Revue" show. I feel like it's good for me, getting me to warm my vocal cords, and dance, as well as creating something other people will enjoy seeing.

Posted by: PG at November 6, 2006 08:15 AM
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