wherever it is… get in there and make a difference…
the RIGHT one.
1. Seek and create genuine friendships. No, not for the sake of networking, but to build a network of support in a very unpredictable world.
2. Keep your negative voices quiet. It’s easy to give in, but negativity will cripple you . Welcome experiences with open arms and an open mind… as much as possible.
3. Simplify. Make a list of very short-term goals, and start completing them day by day, week by week. The feeling of accomplishment will empower you to do more.
4. Continuously ask for help. Ask for opportunities to be critiqued, to perform, to record videos, and to learn choreography. By putting yourself out there, you’re inviting others to care about you. You’ll set yourself up for opportunity, growth, and progress.
5. Remember why you’re there…
and stay true to it.
A respected leader once expressed,
I’m not above washing dishes. I don’t believe that any job is too small because these things NEED to happen for the team. I used to pick up phone lines… I held the title of administrative assistant once… I’m not above this, because these jobs are necessary for progress. This is what I had to do to get here and I would never ask anyone to do anything I didn’t understand.
It’s so arrogant… how I used to think—that I would be SO QUICK to judge certain jobs such as working in fast food, discount stores, etc. Raised from the shanty villages and farmlands of the Philippines, I have absolutely no reason to be arrogant. But a lot of people think this way… honestly. I’m sorry that I didn’t give people enough credit.
Growing up independently, trying to survive as a dancer, and fend for myself has really given me a slap in the face. This “starving artist” life has shown me how ungiving the REAL world is and that before we have anything to be proud of, we need to humble ourselves first.
Ideally, we’d like to do only that which we dream, but we can’t just jump to our dream job without finding ourselves doing not-so-glamorous things first. For anyone to think otherwise is to have really high expectations above what life is REALLY like. Sometimes in order to pursue your dream, you’ll find yourself in very humbling positions, and this I believe is necessary to understand what it really takes to survive… to be accountable for your own life and face your real-life responsibilities while pursuing your fantasy. I’ve seen that dreams are attainable, but “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” There’s no skipping the length of hardship in between.
To learn humility is quite a difficult experience, but I’ve seen it to be the spine of many great and respectful leaders. I’m constantly praying to trust this more and learn progress through the hard choices life calls me to make.
10:00am - Prep: hair, makeup, outfit
12:00pm - Call time
5:30pm - Done with 330 girls. Finish first cut
9:00pm - back for callbacks only to be told to come back tomorrow @ 12:00pm
12 hour day for this audition -__-
Taking a risk and progressing further than you expected is a pretty great feeling. All in all, through the downs of today—waiting, nervousness, practicing the routine over and over again for 5 hours, I’d say that today was pretty successful. Making it through the first cut was surprising. I haven’t been to an audition in a long while. Due to several conditions, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle the stress today, so I wasn’t too excited to go…. or… could I be making excuses?!
Usually, everytime I get a call about an audition, there’s a big battle going on inside of me—my insecurity versus my will to pursue this life long dream. It seems like everytime an audition comes up, fear strikes me to figure out some rational excuse not to go… but my willpower always opposes telling me that if I don’t ever push myself to go for this, I’ll never, ever grow. What did I come here to do again?!
In the midst of it all, thanks to the support I’ve been receiving. It really does mean a lot, and regardless of what happens tomorrow, to get this far is success enough. I can sleep happy :)
We hear this cliche normally enough… that LIFE IS SHORT… but to be so young, and have God make it clear to you by shaking your very existence, is extremely frightening and eye opening. I’ve been there. You hear about friends of friends who have close calls, but these things have never happened to you or anyone you personally know. I’ve been there…
It really sucks that many of us have certain epiphanies about the shortness of life, then don’t proceed to do the things we know we were meant to do… or FIGHT the demons we need to fight for ourselves and our relationships. We spend time as if we have ALL the time in the world, and we wait to be the better person we could be, when we should always be striving to move upwards everyday.
We say that life is short, but we so easily take time for granted.
Recently, God called out to me in the loudest possible way and reminded me of the work I’ve put off to strengthen my soul and discover His blessings for me. Before the New Year, I thought hard about my resolutions and decided that I’d be ready for whatever 2012 would teach me even if I would be hurt by it—like a kid being disciplined painfully by her stern and loving parents. I’m ready to bear the pain, because I know too well that the struggles of our lives can be our biggest teachers if we keep our hearts in the right place. I didn’t realize God would slap me with a lesson like that, but He (my most stern and loving parent) did.
“To whom much is GIVEN, much is EXPECTED.”
As a result, I truly believe that we’re born with gifts, for a reason bigger than ourselves. To be where you are is NO COINCIDENCE. To go through what you’ve gone through is FOR A PURPOSE. We should have the courage to LEARN… then LOVE through our pain and experiences. I’m thankful that God has once again saved my life and soul. I only hope to pay it forward, backward, left, right, and everywhere I turn, but most importantly upward to the One who created me.
Thanks for the ReBlogs on my previous posts! Spreading the word about this tragedy even a little bit helps, because so many people haven’t heard about this and you never know who may want to do their part to contribute or donate.
@Orangepoopz, I agree—it’s pretty sad that NOT many people have reblogged. I expect that. I think that most people won’t because, naturally, people are more concerned with things that concern them. Personal blogs are all about me-me-me, and that’s.. what …they’re made for… right?!
Since I AM Filipino, this tragedy speaks to me on a personal level. Whatever I can do for my homeland while out here in the U.S., I would do because I’ve realized that whole families in the PI are forced to share a packet of Instant Noodles for a meal… while we in the U.S. delight in our buffets and huge portions of food that would feed multitudes in other places of the world. The $5 we spend on a Big Mac Meal can feed a whole family for a couple of days?! How freakin’ ridiculous! Most of us are unaware and so detached being oceans away. It’s SUPER NORMAL not to care.
I would hope that in the holiday season, people are doing their part to put others before them. Happy Holidays, everyone. Tis the season for giving! Most of us will experience the joy of opening presents this year and some may greedily wish for more. Sadly, many of our brothers and sisters will be far from that and experiencing the saddest grief of their lives.
What can we do?
In 60 seconds, type out as many “I choose..” lines as you can—whatever FIRST comes to mind. Afterwards, reflect through them. Be motivated through the choices you know you’re responsible for making in life.
I choose to live freely. I choose to stand tall. I choose to create. I choose my music. I choose to dance. I choose to listen. I choose to observe. I choose to let loose. I choose to be happy. I choose to be fun. I choose to surround myself with good people. I choose to love. I choose to be entertained. I choose to entertain. I choose to trust. I choose to be careful. I choose to see the good in people. I choose where I drive. I choose where I spend my time. I choose where I spend my money. I choose to choreograph. I choose to not be confined to a cage. I choose to dance bigger. I choose to take criticism. I choose to follow my dream. I choose to live my dream. I choose to confront bullies in pursuit of my dream. I choose to step forward even if I’m scared. I choose to sacrifice. I choose to let God move me as best as I can. I choose to use my talent as best as I can. I choose to dance till I can’t anymore. I choose to grow. I choose to learn. I choose to cry. I choose to sweat. I choose to do whatever it takes to reach my goals. I choose to learn from good people. I choose to be honest with my flaws. I choose to recognize and deal with my flaws. I choose to not reject people. I choose to take every situation and see positive outcomes. I choose to battle addiction. I choose to educate. I choose to be a student. I choose to be a woman. I choose to be strong. I choose understanding. I choose tolerance. I choose patience. I choose to read. I choose to write. I choose to love art. I choose to find beauty in the simplest things. I choose to wear sweats. I choose simple things. I choose to live adventurously. I choose to see life as a big adventure. I choose to live passionately.