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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Listen To Your Mother, THE VIDEO!

I am the most outgoing shy person you will ever meet.
When I was 19 years old, I walked into a theatre to audition for Steel Magnolias. I was so overwhelmed and intimidated. My eyes were swimming as I filled out the questionnaire. 
What shows have you been in?
What stage experience do you have?
What set design talents do you have?
None, none and none.
I stood up, crumpled the questionnaire, and dropped it in the trash on my way out.
I have regretted that decision for 22 years. I don't regret that I didn't get a part. I regret that I gave up without even trying. 
Life has a way of circling back. 
When I had the chance to audition for Listen To Your Mother, I vowed to win the argument with the negative talker in my head.
You can't.
They won't pick you.
You aren't qualified.
You will pee your pants on stage...or vomit.
After auditions, I realized that even if I didn't get the part, I had won. I could tuck a victory in my back pocket. I would never look back and regret not trying.
Today, the videos for all of the Listen To Your Mother shows were released. I glanced at the long list of video clips. 
I was not only proud of myself, but also so proud of all of the women that had walked onto the stage to tell their story. 
Here is my story...and the top of my head. Being almost 6ft tall, towering over the stand, and battling the urge to vomit, it is not exactly a flattering angle.





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23 comments:

  1. OK, Yes, once again I laughed and cried.

    So awesome. Hugs.

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  2. That kind of made me cry a little bit.

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  3. That kind of made me cry a little bit.

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    1. Sorry, Melinda! I'm not usually a cry inducer!

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  4. Absolutely lovely, Kerry! I loved listening to you read your story. You SHOULD be proud of yourself, dammit!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am just proud that I didn't vomit!

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  5. That kind of made me cry a lot. I feel like I had a part in raising your kids during the early years as you did in mine. I fondly remember the picture of you and Jim with Shelby, your first baby,and my three kids at your house. The picture was taken the night you allowed my husband and I to stay in our house alone for the first time. I could go on, but the tears might not stop flowing.

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    1. Jackie! We were just looking at old photos from your house and baptisms. Let the boo-hoo'ing begin! Thank you for being such a role in their lives, and mine!

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  6. Well, your way-coolness just went up!

    Fabulous. Simply fabulous!

    36 long??? Priceless!

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    1. I need all the cool I can get! Especially with my 36 Longs. Thanks, Carrie!

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  7. Just loved this! I laughed. I cried! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Fantastic! You are so real....making us all Laugh and Cry and Appreciate everyday!
    Everyone needs a Jen/Gin!

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    1. I have been very lucky in the Jen/Gin department! Thank you so much!

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  9. Jeremy and I both just sat and watched this. He might have cried a little. Good job, Rossow.

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    1. Was he crying because you made him watch a video of the top of my head?

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  10. Loved it Kerry! Most of all love that you went for it.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! Could you see my knees shaking?

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  11. I watched this video the other day and several others, and WOW, let me say I was very inspired and impressed. I am only sad that these things come but once a year. It is making me look forward to next mother's day even more! PS. I sent my mom and her best friend to the NW Indiana show for mother's day and they both LOVED it! Great great job!

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    1. YAY! Thank you so much! The best part of the night was meeting the audience afterward!

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  12. Such a great essay and reading. As my kids get older (they are 5, 5, and 3), I have such mixed thoughts about the coming years.

    And like you, I am a somewhat outgoing shy person. I used to be debilitatingly shy, and a lot of people are surprised to find out I am a classic introvert. As much as I wanted to get LTYM in 2012, when I did get in, my first thought was "What the hell have I DONE?"

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    1. That sounds so familiar! I was excited for 13 seconds, followed by "WHAT the HELL HAVE I DONE?" too! Thank you, Leigh Ann!

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