Wellness Tool: Take Pride in Your Training
In the past two weeks I have seen two Hollywood musicals: Singing In the Rain and La La Land. One starred two dancer/singers and the other starred two actors with no music or dance experience. Here is my conclusion:
Dancing is hard.
And when you make two non-dancers dance, it looks even harder.
Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds tap, swing, and waltz their way through Singing in the Rain like they were born to do it. They even sing while dancing. It's pure joy to watch in part because it looks so incredibly easy.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling gave it their best and did a decent job, considering. But they didn't look comfortable; they were hesitant, they faltered. They certainly weren't born to do it.
Putting two actors who neither sing nor dance in singing/dancing roles was an artistic choice. How you feel about that is up to you, but here's my point.
They didn't dance like dancers. And that should make you happy.
Isn't it good news that it's nearly impossible to make non-dancers look like dancers?
That despite a massive budget, the best coaches Hollywood could find, and surely a lot of sweat and good will on the part of Stone and Gosling, they just barely pulled it off?
Isn't it good news that all the years of training and diligence SHOW when it gets right down to it?
I say yes. And yes and yes.
It's important to acknowledge that what you do is not easily imitable nor are the skills easily acquired. Dance takes years of attentive study to do right.
The actors in Singing in the Rain were dancers: it's clear as day. Their training shows in every move they make.
Wherever you are on the spectrum of training, whether you're a few years in or are auditioning for companies, you have a lot to be proud of. You are learning and mastering technique and artistry that sets you apart.
Don't let any recent disappointments deflate your pride in what you are doing: you are showing up, putting in the work, and it will make a difference.
Dance is hard. But if you love it, keep going.
And tune into my blog tomorrow where I'll give you some tips to deal with any rejections you may have experienced this audition season.
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