I have a lot of things going for me as an entertainer. I'm pretty funny, I'm quick witted and my sleight of hand has exceeded my own expectations. I also have some things working against me. This past week I was really reminded that I don't have "The Look".
I eventually went to see the show to find that there was basically no dancing in the show at all. I even heard that while they were being taught the choreography, one of the dancers who had been hired had asked when they were going to be learning the dance only to be told that there wasn't one. I was left with the thought that they didn't really want dancers, but people with dancer's bodies. After that run was over, I was asked to help on a few more performances with that group, but always backstage. It bothered me a little since we had to keep teaching the dancers stuff I already knew, but I was kept behind the scenes since I didn't have "The Look".
That was until last week when I saw that he had already been hiring new people for his show and I wasn't one of them. He hired another one of those dancers, even though the men don't dance in the show. They move props, which is something I know I can do, but I don't have "The Look".
The biggest disappointment in this whole situation has been that these people were supposed to be my friends. I am a very loyal person, and I will do anything for my friends. I guess I just thought they would do the same. I would like to think that I would honor my friendship over the perceived expectations of an audience or show producer. I 'd like to think that if a venue gave me rules that would exclude my friends, I would stand up to them, letting them know that using these people saves on rehearsal time. These people have experience doing what we want to do and hiring new people can be a gamble. Do we really need those birds in the bush? I have always said that I would rather fail with my team than succeed with a different one (and being a Pittsburgh Penguins fan through the 2000's I think I proved that!).
I guess I'm just going to have to keep my career going in such a way that I'll be too busy for them.