And as you all are grappling with what your next big step shall be...
Some questions. And some fun facts about people you may recognize.
What is auditioning after all but a series of "failures"?
What is rehearsal after all but a series of "failures"?
What is an 8-show week after all but 8 chances for audiences to disagree about your work? And is it more meaningful and effective to receive PRAISE or to hear through the grapevine that your show has caused on-going debate and disagreement and discussion weeks later? If a patron doesn't necessarily "like" your performance... is that a "failure"?
What, after all, drives you? What, after all, is the purpose of a play? Or repetition, whether in auditioning, rehearsal, or performance?
Walt Disnery was told a mouse would never work.
J.K. Rowling was on welfare.
Oprah Winfrey was told she was "unfit for TV".
Jerry Seinfeld was booed off-stage at his first stand-up performance.
Fred Astaire was told he "can't act".
Sidney Poitier was told to become a dishwasher.
Steven Spielberg got rejected from film school three times, and finally finished his BA in 2002.
The Beatles were dropped by their record label.
Stephen King received 30 rejections for "Carrie".
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
Hugh Jackman got fired from 7-Eleven.
I could fill pages and pages with examples like these.
And it's not that "failures" guarantee you "success".
It's that what you choose to do with and learn from your failures that allow you to define what "success" even is.