Austin Kleon says to share something of your work daily, and my last post was 4 months ago. Whoops. Why the gap? Time and Fear.
April, May, June, and July were spent devoted to prepping for and living through Culmination, phase 3 of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements program. The reading, practice, costuming, and choreography development ate up my “free” time for sure. More than the hours, though, the consumption was related to Fear.
Would I be ready? Did I know enough? Had I really earned my spot? Would I have the nerve to get up on stage? Would this be the level where I flamed out? If you’ve never really worried about something that mattered to you, you may not be familiar with how all-consuming that special kind of fear can be.
But you know what? It all paid off. I got to Portland feeling prepped and ready, and I made it through the intense week. Was it hard? Yes. Emotional? Yes. 100% worth it? YES.
I intend to share more consistently moving forward, but for now, here’s the solo I brought with me, developed in those few intense pre-Culmination months: