Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lisa's Musings: You Can't Always Get What You Want

My awesome age makeup in my most recent production.

"You can't always get what you want.
You can't always get what you want,
but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need"
-The Rolling Stones

I hate this song.

To me, it might as well say “You probably shouldn’t have lofty goals, the odds aren’t good.”
This is probably the most perfect song in the world for an actor/singer/dancer. I won’t always get what I want. Does anyone?

The world of Theatre is one of rejection. I know this all too well. I’m fully aware (and fully prepared) to live a life where I’m told no on a daily basis, and auditioning is the bulk of the work I do.

I want you all to know: I have lofty goals.  I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon.

I’ve chosen the life of a “working actor”, and it will take time and care for me to find my footing. This is totally normal.  As soon as I do get that role I wanted and get to do what I love, its all worth it. I love what I do, letting it break my heart 90% of the time is totally worth it. The things that are posted on a call list or cast list do not have any effect on who I am as a person or negate my talent and training level. 

I ask you, family and friends, to be patient with me and not to lose hope. I won’t always bring the bad news, no one wants to read a blog about the roles I didn’t get.  Even so, I have to be honest.  It won’t always be like this.

 In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to say how incredibly grateful and thankful I am for my family and friends who have supported me through my struggles the past 3 1/2 years.  It has been rough, but I know I'm here for a reason. I have had the privilege to recieve an eduacation in performing arts, and I have every intention of making the most of the knowlege I have and moving forward in the world, letting go of any roadblocks and struggles I had; they have only made me stronger.  This is a point where I can only look back on what I learned here, and make the best of what little time I have left. 

Exciting endeavors to come:

-United Professional Theatre Auditions in Memphis Tenn. (Feb 3rd!)
-Midwest Theatre Auditions (Feb 17th!)
-Running my first ½ marathon! (April 12!)

-Hopefully getting picked up for a second semester of my radio show!
 -My Senior Recital (date is TBA....)
-Sorority Woman of the Year (I’m nominated...The date is TBA!)
-Graduation (MAY 12th!)