Lisa Bailey / OnStage Columnist I can still remember the first time I was in Times Square surrounded by Broadway. It’s a memory I hope I never lose. I’ve seen a lot of shows in New York City the past few years and I always leave with the same feeling – I want to be up there. A few weeks ago, I found an audition posting on Playbill for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. They were having auditions in Chicago on a Saturday in February (which also happened to be my birthday). I’m much closer to Chicago than NYC and felt like this was my chance to see what the process was like.
From that moment on, I researched the musical and learned a few songs. I talked about my decision with a few people and everyone thought it was a great idea. I explained that I didn’t have any expectation on getting cast and just wanted to see how the process went and just show myself that I can do it. To be on a stage, belting out a song and experiencing that rush is something I don’t think I can ever fully explain. To research a character and find new ways to give that character life is simply amazing.
During those few weeks before the audition, I fell more in love with Broadway. I was also terrified! You really put yourself out there and it’s a scary feeling. I think fear is the reason why it’s taken me this long to give it a real shot. I didn’t go to school for it and I sometimes regret that decision. I let others influence my decision because it’s not a steady job. I have yet to find a job that gives me the satisfaction that performing does and that’s all I have to say about that.
I’m saving my story on the audition for another day but let me tell you, it was amazing. I have so much more respect for the actors that do this every day. It’s opened my eyes and I feel like there’s more passion inside me to make this dream a reality. I look forward to taking some classes and becoming a better performer.
Back to the reason for this column, I want to be on Broadway because it’s the love of my life. I want to tell stories and be a part of this wonderful community. I want to challenge myself and become a better singer, dancer and actress. I want to meet others who share this same passion. I’m proud of myself for finally realizing that I can do whatever I want with my life and it’s not too late for me to go after my dreams.
I’m so glad that I found that audition and can’t wait to share my story with you. This is only the beginning and hopefully someday, I will write a column about how I landed my first role on Broadway. So, cheers to the love and fear that will push me towards my dream!