So! When we last talked, I was fast and furiously preparing for sophomore juries, which are sort of the capstone of your first two years in the BFA acting program. You go in, perform three monologues in four minutes, and leave. And the next night, you sit in a room with four members of the acting faculty for ten minutes, and they tell you all of the things that you need to work on/are doing well. A little nerve wracking.
Or, if you’re me, a lot nerve wracking.
I am a perfectionist. I like things that are “in my control” to go perfectly. Which is odd, because in so many other things in life, I’m a go with the flow, happy-go-lucky kind of person. This year I’ve developed pretty severe anxiety about things “not going right.” Which is unfortunate, because acting is a live art form. Meaning that things usually do not go how you expect them to. I know all this, and it’s finally starting to seep into my brain, and yet anxiety issues are not something you can simply switch on and off.
But in the midst of my worrying, I realized something: it’s cliche, but I AM ENOUGH. So I’m not perfect all the time. I wouldn’t be in college if I was. I’m here to learn, not to be the perfect student. I get so worried about my teachers thinking I’m doing a good job that I sometimes forget how much I love what I do–and really, why act if you don’t love it? There are so many easier things. So no matter what they said, I would come out of there and still be Lauren. I’d still have an incredible group of friends and family, the most amazing boyfriend, great writing skills, a solid sense of humour, and a talent with making fatty delicious desserts.
This might shock you: but my talkback was great. Mostly positive things were said, all of which made my heart glow. The biggest critiques were my unwillingness to forgive myself and my fear of losing control and letting it all go–both of which are necessary to good acting. I cried through the whole thing (poor teachers!), but I felt so much release. I know the faculty loves me and cares about me as a performer and as a person. They believe in me and my work, which is an incredible feeling.
So. Woof. What a weekend. My project this summer is going to be work on lessening my anxiety, learning to let go and have fun in the work, and gaining some self-confidence. All difficult for me, but I am so pumped to take the next step in this amazing journey.