–in the words of our dearly departed Robin Williams. May he rest in a fit on giggles. And peace. May he rest in peace–
Currently, I am riding a 2 train on the way to an Improv class that I signed up for, maybe, 5 minutes ago. I don’t know if I’ll be there on time, and I don’t know if they’ll even let me into the class, but I’m taking my chances. I decided 5 minutes ago that I would seize this opportunity–so I think that today would be a great day to talk about opportunities.
Have an amazing, once-a-lifetime opportunity right in front of you that looks a bit intimidating? What if you fail? What if you don’t get exactly what you want out of it?
Think of it like an audition: your agent calls you to audition for a lead role in a feature film next Friday, and all you can think is that you’re not ready. You haven’t had enough training. Your résumé isn’t big enough. What if you botch your lines? Or freeze up? Isn’t there something called blacklisting? Can that happen to you? What if you get a crappy part instead?
JUST GO. Don’t think, just go.
If an opportunity is in front of you, take it. So what if you mess up? You can at least say that you tried. You can’t get blacklisted for making a mistake–you only get blacklisted if you really deserve it. And if you get a crappy part instead of the one you auditioned for, TAKE IT!
Come on! At least it’s a part! Don’t try to make excuses–you’re only hurting yourself in the end.
**UPDATE** So I got to the improv class 10 minutes late, but they let me in anyways! I mean, how could they not with my cheery smile and positive attitude? I also went to the improv show afterwards, which was AWESOME. If you ever find yourself in NYC, check them out: sundaynightimprov.com
I swear, a positive attitude, a willingness to take chances, and a desire to seize opportunities is all you really need to achieve your dreams.
Mamma K, a.k.a. SnoBear IV, out.