Up until fairly recently, it had been years since I’d auditioned. I believe it was in the early 90’s when I was in my first audition, during a Joe Tremaine dance convention. There must’ve been 100 other girls (and probably some guys; I just remember all of the ballerina-types). We were shown a combination two or three times, then told to perform it across the floor for the judges.
This being a national audition, I didn’t expect to make it. But it was thrilling to be a part of it, and it’s an experience that moved me in some way – trust me, my memory isn’t usually this crisp. 😉
Since then, I’ve continued to dance, and have grown in many ways as a performer. If you haven’t figured it out yet, movement art is my breath. So when a sister tribal belly dance troupe held an audition this past Fall, I went, knowing that with everything I already have on my plate, it would be difficult to pull off the logistics of performing in two troupes, in addition to my day job and family responsibilities.
Because of my existing time restraints (and maybe other factors; it’s cool), things didn’t work out. But I’m glad that I went through the experience, and know that everything happens for a reason.
A past issue of The Artist’s Magazine (for which I’m proudly an associate editor ;)), celebrates the winners of our annual art competition. There’s also an article by Jerry Weiss, on a painting by 19th-century artist Thomas Eakins that’s now highly recognized. When Eakins had first entered his work in a competition, it was turned down.
I couldn’t help but see a similarity between the Eakins painting and today’s auditions. Even if you’re not an artist, this article is worth reading because (as I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post on “Lessons for Dance, in an Everyday World”), we can find parallel issues between belly dance and other arts. This is a perfect example. And the moral of this story? You guessed it – put yourself out there. Audition. Interview. Dance. Participate in open stages. Scream out to the world that you exist because – and I say this with love – no one is going to come looking for you.
Looking out for you,
I originally wrote this blog article back in late Fall of 2011. Shortly after, Circus Mojo announced that they were holding auditions. I went. I was accepted. My life hasn’t been the same since, and it gets better each passing week.
Long story short: Always go for it! 😉