Wanting to be in the theatre can be hard on an ego. Auditioning is tough. I walk away from an audition feeling pretty good about things and then no phone call. No being in the show that I've cleared my schedule for and planned on for the past year. Then I feel sad. And then I do it all over again.
Theatre...can't live with it, can't live without it.
During my last audition I was pacing the halls waiting for my turn to sing for the "people who make the decisions," when a lady walked up to me.
She said, "You don't know me, but I just wanted to let you know that you are the reason I am in theatre."
I was taken back.
She continued, "I saw you perform at my grade school way back when you were in Kiss me Kate at Bountiful high. You came and sang, and I thought that's what I want to do.
You were inspiring and I just wanted you to know that."
She turned and walked away and I didn't really catch her name, nor could I pick her out in a line up.
It was that fast.
But the compliment has lasted.
I made a difference in some thespian's life over 30 years ago.
I guess going to the audition was good for me after all.