The Next Step

I have so many ideas and things I want to do after graduation it’s overwhelming, exciting, and nerve-racking all at the same time. My biggest concern is being able to dance as much as I can. I will still be taking class constantly no matter what so I won’t lose my technique and strength, but of course there comes the responsibility in searching for a job. As an artist, I know I will always have more than one job to keep busy and to pay the bills. I also am aware that I will be working ridiculous hours, but I have come to realize lately that I am completely okay with that because I am so passionate about what I do.

I have been talking to my mother (who is also a dancer) a lot about potential jobs I should try to find and she keeps telling me I need to talk to producers and directors that I have performed for in the past and see if they have any connections or opportunities for me and so far I have had fairly good luck. Unfortunately I am not allowed to reveal online the potential job offer I have in store just yet, but I can give a few details as to what this job includes. I’d be dancing my face off, teaching, and assisting with production design. This is basically what my major is all about and I could not be more excited for it. I know I would be really happy there and I think it’s a great job to be offered right out of college.

The only reason I would not be able to get this job is if the company cannot afford to hire me. This position technically does not exist right now because it is a growing company, but if I am hired I would be contributing a lot of my time to the growth of the business. My education in business perfectly matches this job and I already have so many ideas that would help the company. Many people that work there have already told me how much they would love to have me and how helpful I would be to them.

I do have quite a few auditions coming up just in case this opportunity doesn’t work out. A lot of these auditions are for cruise ships. This is a very common gig for a dancer to get right out of college. There are very few things that I can think of that would be more amazing than traveling the world, dancing, and getting paid all at the same time. Other auditions that I have lined up. are for equity houses, which are theaters that are part of the actors’ union for readers who don’t know. These jobs are extremely hard to book because hundreds of women who look and dance just like me that are looking for the same job so I will have to go through a ridiculous amount of auditions before I book a gig but I have received amazing training and I am prepared for the journey ahead.

If anybody is interested in what an audition for a cruise ship is like for dancers or even for singers here is a link for Royal Caribbean Productions:

http://www.royalcaribbeanproductions.com/auditions/general

 

Cats the Musical

For those of you who don’t know this iconic production, Cats is a show based of the book of poems by T.S. Elliot where all different kinds of cats join together once a year at the Jellicle Ball and hope that they will be the one to move on the Heavyside Layer. It is a very dance-heavy show which is why I will be performing in it for the second time this year as Rumpleteazer, the thief cat. The first time I was in this was over the summer with Patrick Dorow Productions in Kittery, Maine, and they are putting on this production again because it was a sold out run last summer. I was lucky enough to be asked back, and return to my role in this fabulous production.

There are a few struggles that I am having with doing this production again. My biggest struggle is the commute. Kittery is a half an hour away from my parents’ house, but it is almost two hours away from Plymouth. Luckily most of the rehearsals have been on the weekends, but a few of them have been on Wednesday and Thursday. On these days I’ve either not gone at all or I’ve been a few hours late because I work until 5 o’clock on weekdays. Directors and Choreographers can sometimes get very impatient and don’t always tolerate people missing rehearsal, but I am very lucky to have a director and choreographer that works around my crazy schedule. It’s also been very tiring and overwhelming sometimes during the days that I don’t have breaks for 13 of 14 hours straight, and sometimes not having a lot of time to do my homework.

The other difficulty I am having is the choreography process. Last summer we used the original Broadway choreography, and I drilled it into my body because it was extremely tough and fast choreography that we had to learn pretty quickly. I always put a lot of pressure on myself when I perform, and this show wasn’t going to be any different. This time we have less rehearsal time and slightly different choreography. There are bits and parts that are the same, but there have been enough changes in order for me to be worried that I will go back to the original choreography at some point during a show one night since I worked so hard to remember the choreography last time and it’s still in my body. Although I will be worrying about this until the end of the show it is going pretty well so far, and I am feeling ready for tech this week. Throughout this week I will be setting aside time to drill this new choreography into my body so I feel completely ready for opening night on Friday.

If you would like to see this fun, family-friendly show you can buy tickets here, you don’t wanna miss out:

https://www.patrickdorowproductions.com/