Finding Comfort in the Uncomfortable
by Caitlin Hornik, Community Ambassador & MM Team Member
"A proper Tango? What does that even mean?!"
-- My reaction upon learning I would be tango-ing for the very first time in one of four production shows at my newest job.
After battling some inner voices about whether or not I should ever be seen doing a tango, I decided to embrace it because why not? A chance to learn something new is a great opportunity, and another skill for the ol' resume. It couldn't possibly hurt!
Upon breaking down the steps and learning the logistics of the "proper tango" dance break I would be doing, I had a thought: I am fortunate enough to have (a few) days to learn the steps of this foreign style of dance and work on it to make it "show ready." But what about learning a new dance style in an audition setting, where there is little to no time to make it look like you've been tango-ing since birth? How do you make it work?
Anyone who has come through the Motivated Movers doors knows about the "authentic self" and how important it is to stay true in that audition room. But, as is the name of the game, we're often going to find ourselves in these uncomfortable positions of having to take a new skill and finesse it enough to make it look natural and easy. This is where confidence is key.
Learning a new skill or style on the spot is just about as vulnerable as it gets. We are taking a huge risk by choosing to put ourselves out there, knowing that the comforts and familiarities that we pride ourselves on are nowhere to be found. It is so easy to get lost in those inner thoughts trying to bring us down and prevent us from shining and succeeding. BUT, if you present yourself and your new dance style with confidence, you can't possibly go wrong.