Every person’s unique — physical looks, intellectual capabilities, thought processes, talents; there is no denying it. No person can deny that that the one thing everyone on this earth shares is dreams. Some of us deny because it sounds a bit cliche, and some have their mind set ever since they could think. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what a thespian’s dream: performing a lead role on Broadway.
Performing in front of a live audience every night, knowing that you have people that has spent their hard earn money to see the production and you are able to make a mass majority of people laugh, cry or even reflect just for a few hours, giving a sense of hope and night they will never forget. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure that sounds like a very satisfying dream. Unfortunately, nothing comes easy. The more crazier a dream is, the more harder it is to achieve. This article is not written for the soul purpose of crushing one’s dreams of getting noticed in the spotlight nor it will make one second guess their passion that makes them truly happy.
One of the most popular questions I get asked all the time aside from audition song selections is either “Is having a dream to perform on Broadway realistic?” or “Should I be doing something better with my life than just wanting to perform?” The person who is asking usually wants a positive supportive answer in return. What’s very tricky about questions like that is the fact that deep down we all seek some type of security, a sense that everything is going to be okay and we will have some type of stabilization knowing we are not going to fall flat on our faces in the future.
Sadly that isn’t how dreams, goals, risk, and ambitions work. Like reality, it’s uncertain. As much as we wish we could get a giant thumbs up or even better see how our lives will turn out in the end, telling you everything will be easy, it isn’t. That’s life, it gets messy.
There is a difference between dreaming and goals, dreams are like a blue print of a goal, something that is in your mind, an imaginary sketch of something you would like to do. A goal is something that is physically out there, its a target you can see, you know where it is and you are going to run towards it. “Everyone’s got dreams. I’ve got plans” as was so quaintly put by Ivan Menchell, the book writer of Bonnie and Clyde. In a way, you have to be like that in show business. Except, maybe without all of the crime.
There will always be obstacles in your way, financial, security, consequences; the list is endless. There isn’t any manual or “how to” guide to reach our dreams. Let alone if we can even get there successfully and safely. You can read performer’s interviews, watch others on YouTube on how they get their start to reading bible length novels of performing until you are literally blue in the face. We all need to venture out in different ways to grow ourselves and take on different avenues. That’s all just part of the hustle.
The part I find that is terrifying about having a dream is that constant fear. It’s all the scary feelings that come with having a dream: rejection, falling short, being embarrasses, self doubt. Having self doubt is normal, if you don’t have any self doubt then the dream is too small for you. Nowadays people accidentally blur reality and fantasy. Yes we do live in reality, but sometimes we just need to live in a dream in order for us to see what we really want out of life and for our own future. To put it all into conclusion, so if you are on the fence about if you think Broadway is really for you ask yourself this question: are you willing to work, and work hard, for your dream. Deep down truly reflect on that question. Do you believe you are strong enough to go through the end’s and out’s of this business?
It all starts with you, your passion for theater is the flame that keeps you motivated to be in the business. That burning desire for you to perform is something that you have to gauge on your own and if it’s a strong enough flame I think you know the answer to that question.