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.
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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