As I shared on Monday, I unfortunately did not get the title role in Mary Poppins. I gave it my best shot, but the role went to my friend Liz, who is very sweet, talented, and deserving.
Auditioning for this role has been my focus for months now, and not getting it has definitely been disappointing. I gave myself the day on Saturday to have a little pity party and feel all the feelings that come along with disappointment. I shed a few tears, ate lots of ice cream, and watched a lot of Christmas movies.
Now, though, I’m doing my best to put my ego back where it belongs and focus on the positive.
- First things first, THE PRESSURE IS OFF, BABY! I’ve been fretting over this audition for months, and now it’s over and I can just let it go.
- Being Mary Poppins AND training for my first marathon at the same time probably would have been a little bit insane. As it is, it’s still going to be insane because I will be rehearsing at the same time as training, but at least my responsibilities as an ensemble member will be way smaller and less stressful than if I were the title role.
- Over 100 people who auditioned for this show didn’t get in, but I did. There was a time not so long ago when just getting into a Lyric show was a really exciting thing for me, and there are lots of women who would be happy to take my place as ensemble member number 20. Being upset over not getting a lead role is silly and selfish.
- This show is going to be MAGICAL. Lots of my dear friends are involved, the cast is enormously talented, and people are gonna be flying through the air! Broken tables will be magically fixed! Toys come to life! Things may not have gone the way I wanted them to, but this show is still going to be a wonderful experience.
When is the last time you were really disappointed by something? How did you get over it?