So I was supposed to post another podcast this week, apologies if you were anxiously waiting for the next instalment of inspiration and encouragement. I was however called away to an audition in London so, as a maker myself, I had to give my focus and attention to getting prepared.
I’ll be honest, the auditions haven’t exactly been coming in thick and fast in recent years, so when you get the call there’s a tendency for the head to take the staggers. So there was a concerted effort on my part to keep calm and stay focussed and do the work to prepare. As my agent kindly reminded me, ‘Be excited, but don’t take the excitement in to the room with you.’
So I was super zen and chilled on the flight going over early yesterday morning, and then as we disembarked, I slipped on some water and went down hard. Nothing like taking a tumble to bring you slap bang into the present moment. After I’d sobbed down the phone to my husband and limped to the train into London, I had to start the emotional preparation for the meeting all over again.
It’s easy as an actor to let the stakes get so high. That’s what drama is after all, characters in situation where transformation happens because of high stakes. But it’s always best to keep the drama on the stage. The bump and tumble gave me the jolt I need to remind me that no matter the outcome of my meeting, nothing actually changes. I am the same person, and I am enough. It would be wonderful to get the gig, of course it would, but it won’t change anything fundamental about who I am. And with every bump and tumble, you just get up, take some arnica, brush yourself off and carry on.
So I did my meeting and enjoyed every minute and then treated myself to a nice class of Malbec before catching the flight home.
All that to say, sorry I haven’t uploaded my latest illuminating conversation with another incredible woman maker. However, I’m sharing a link to a great podcast I listened to while I was away with Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen. Rob Bell is someone I listen to a lot and he’s interviewing people at the moment who have taken risks and overcome obstacles to see their dreams come to fruition. You can listen to his chat with Patricia here.
I’ll have the latest episode of Strut and Bellow up next Tuesday. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter and if you have anyone you’d like to hear interviewed, why not drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep struttin’ and bellowin’