I’m learning that rehearsal does not mean dress rehearsal or even run through.
Rehearsal is a time for exploring and trying and failing.
It’s not a performance for your cast mates.
It’s exploration and discovery. It’s failure and embarrassment. It’s joy and frustration.
But you’re all going through it together.
And that’s why you’re there. To try.
If something works: great! Use it!
If it doesn’t: you try something new. You ask for advice. You experiment.
This art is not one you can do on your own. You have to rely on people. It’s a team effort.
And you have to be so open and ready to make a complete and utter fool out of yourself.
You have to go for it.
And go for it again. And again and again.
I’m learning to set aside perfectionism. And let things be real. To be raw and flawed and full of life.
Don’t you have more respect for someone who fixes their mistakes with grace and maturity, than for someone who seems to be perfect? Those people who seem perfect aren’t real. You can’t relate to them.
The characters we play are flawed. They are human. Why should we expect so much more of ourselves? If our characters aren’t flawed, our audiences won’t connect and they won’t care.
You have character. You are who you are because of your strengths and your weaknesses. Try your hardest to be your best, but when it goes wonky, it’s okay. Let it go. Shake it off. And try it again.
We know we learn from our mistakes. We learn from things going the absolute opposite way we had planned.
We are refined through the fire. We make plans, but God has different plans.
We’re artists. We’re flexible. We work on a team. We get back up when we fall, and we’re ready to fall again if we have to.
So keep going. Keep falling. Keep getting back up. And keep shining.
What’s your favorite part about rehearsal? What’s your biggest challenge? Let me know in the comments below!
“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”