Facing Your Fears and Taking Risks

This week I had the opportunity to try something I’ve never done before. In high school I took several theatre classes but was always too afraid to try out for the plays. This year I made a new year’s resolution that I would try out for a local play, no expectations just wanted to try out and face my fears. The opportunity came earlier this year when the local community theatre held auditions, again I psyched myself out and when auditions came I let them pass me by. Then I received the newsletter announcing the new play auditions and again I contacted the director to ask how I could prepare myself and did some research about the play.

The play is a comedy called “Mama Won’t Fly” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.  According to Stage Right’s description it is “an outrageously hilarious race against the clock [where daughter] Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly….” They have no choice but to drive across the country to get to the wedding which takes place in only 4 days,  “Another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. Hayley Quinn, delighted to finally meet her future in-laws, is convinced traveling together to her wedding is the perfect way to bond…” Seemed sort of sweet to me that this bride to be would want to put herself out there to get to know her future family.  “The journey begins and comedic chaos ensues. Every conceivable – and inconceivable – mishap that can occur does, including the theft of their car and all their clothes, a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, the accidental homicide of an ancient Texas relative, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked eighteen-wheeler and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl minister.” Its really quite funny, Hayley then decides to call off the wedding because it seems they won’t make it there on time and mama and Savannah then have to convince the bride to rethink her decision and go through with the wedding.

Ok so back to the audition, turns out the theatre only does “cold readings”, if you are as clueless as I was you take to YouTube and look up “What is a Cold reading?” and “How to do a cold reading?” Well after watching a few videos, researching the play, reading the character descriptions and watching a few more videos of past plays I was ready! Now what to wear…

If you know me you know that I have almost no fashion sense, yup I admit it, I grew up on second hand thrifted clothes and fashion wasn’t a big deal ever so although I know what I like, lace, pearls, colors, lots of textures I have no idea how to put them together without looking like the closet threw up on me.  Yet, I had to make a lasting impression and I know looking my best would boost my confidence , so Kevin chose my outfit. He prides himself in working in a high end retail clothing store and again I’ll admit, he dresses much better than me so I let his fashion-savvy skills shine.

I showed up early and signed in, got a copy of the play script and tried not to freak out as I sat there waiting to be called, the boys sitting next to me eating baked cheese sticks and Caspian with an iPad in hand. “I Am Somebody, I Am Somebody, I Am Somebody, I Am Somebody…” I recited in my head, a little tip from my high school theatre teacher.  Low and behold I’m one first to go up! *AHH!!!!* I would be reading for Hayley Quinn quickly I scour my memory she’s  in her “late 30s to 40s, loveable, high-energy, nervous, the bride-to-be, accident prone and trying hard to make a good impression on future in-laws” (Stage Right) Perfect! I can do that.

Auditioning for Haley Quinn Bride to Be in "Mama Won't Fly"

Auditioning for Haley Quinn, bride to be in “Mama Won’t Fly”

Wiggling my toes inside my boots as I look out into the audience, hoping no one can notice the script shaking in my hands. I see Kevin sitting to my far left looking up at me with his big warm Kevi-smile, I smile back and open my eyes wide to let him know I can’t believe this is happening. Then we start.

 I read my part as enthusiastically and projected my voice, stumbled a little at the end during the singing but I’m not used to reading scripts so I forgive myself.  I left the stage feeling like a natural and guess what it was FUN!!  The director had me up again a few more times to read for the same part then Savannah, a little harder for me to do, then Hayley again. I was excited at the thought that I could maybe actually get this part 🙂 The director and producer came up to me and told me I did great and double checked with me to make sure my phone number was correct and I left feeling accomplished and happy.

All these years I had been so afraid to take a risk only to find out that perhaps I may have been squandering my talent.  This was such a huge lesson for me, one of taking a chance, being willing to stand at the edge and let myself go, open my wings and soar. This by far has been one of my favorite new year’s resolutions to accomplish thus far rivaling  last year’s goal of running my first half marathon.  How far along are you on your New Year’s resolutions? Have you accomplished something amazing recently? Taken any risks that helped you grow? Leave me a comment!

Jenne Vazquez is a lifestyle Wedding Videographer & Portrait Photographer specializing in storytelling portrait photography and video for weddings and families.  Originated from Orange County, CA, currently based in Coastal North Carolina  and servicing immediate and surrounding areas of Onslow County & Pender County including Top Sail Island, Hamsptead, Wilmington, Jacksonville. Jenne loves traveling to nearby Raleigh NC, Washington DC, and as far as Chicago IL, Florida and Los Angeles, CA  back home to southern California where she grew up. She’s happy to come across the country to tell your love story!  

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