I woke up to an interesting email today.
I have no idea how the Local Town Hall Players got my name but I was invited to an open audition for their upcoming production. The email caught my attention because acting has always been an interest of mine but I’ve always talked myself out of pursuing any acting opportunities. I mean, I’ve also always wanted to learn how to play the djembe (a rope-tuned, skin-covered drum played with bare hands) but that’s still on my to-do list as well. There’s so much to do and so little time! So, I dismissed the idea of my Broadway debut and deleted the email.
A few minutes later, my husband wandered past me as he headed to the coffee pot, so I mentioned the email to him. He smiled and responded with, “Well, this sure would be a good way to get more involved in the community!” so I went to my delete folder and sent the email back to my inbox. When I reread the email, I noticed, “Everyone is welcome to come out and audition, whether or not you have previous experience!” I ho-ed and hummed for a few minutes but eventually, I deleted it for the second time. This community production will have to continue on without my acting aspirations.
Then the phone rang. My good friend and I gabbed about this and that and I mentioned the open audition. Right away, she said, “Oh, Diane…you should try out – you’d be so good at it and it would be so much fun!” So, I went to the delete folder and sent it back to my inbox… again.
This time, I read the show synopsis and the character breakdowns. Hm… maybe I could be the scatterbrained society wife. But I have no idea how to audition! What would I do? I looked down and the words jumped off the email – “We will provide sections of the script for readings at the auditions.”
Ok. Let’s do it. I’m always telling other people that life is an adventure. I’m always encouraging others to take risks and try something new. So, I need to step up to this challenge. The worse thing that could happen is that a few people will look at me strangely and say something like, “Thanks for showing up. Next, please!” I think I can handle that.
It wouldn’t be the first time that people have looked at me strangely.