Being an understudy in theatre is a great place to be…for a while. It acclimatizes you for what the stage will feel like. It gets you used to the warmth of the spotlights. The sheer number of bodies in the audience. The adrenaline, the energy and the excitement. The lines, the pressure, the choreography.
It’s good practice and an excellent place to hang out. It allows you to put in the hours and get good and sure that this role, this LIFE, is the one you want. It bows to the idiom “you need to learn to walk before you can run.” (Though we’ve all seen babies who have missed the walking stage, so, there’s that).
Waiting in the wings means you can’t fail. There’s safety here. And latent energy.
For some, this is perfect. You’re ready when you’re told you’re ready… and when the lead actress has a sore throat and can't make it to the performance. THEN it’s your time to shine because you’ve been tapped in. Given permission.
By someone else.
For others, those who KNOW they are ready, who are tired of being spectators and want to become do-ers, who WANT the role so badly that they can taste it, this waiting over a protracted period of time is like purgatory.
So let’s say you’re in the second group with the ants-in-your-pants. You feel strongly that you’re ready to claim your role as artist, speaker, coach, leader, author, teacher, pro, star…
What if you could tap yourself in? What if you could give yourself permission?
And if not now, when? How much more practice do you need? How many more dance steps do you need to learn? How many more hoops to you need to jump through? How many more lines? How many more courses do you need to ace? At what point will you allow yourself to take centre stage?
Know what I think?
I think you’re ready. Period. I think you’re ready to name and claim your starring role. I think you’re ready to strive. I think you’re ready to face all that’s been holding you back. I think you’re ready to get the help you need to get you there. I think you’re ready to leap onto the stage. I think you’re ready to do the work. And I think you’re ready to be seen. For the do-er, the pro, and the star that you are.