About once a month, on a Monday night, my voice teacher, as well as all the other voice teachers in the musical theater program, gather all their students together and hold a master class. Ours was a few Mondays ago, and what I expected to be just an ordinary class ended up being something I'll never forget.
I'm singing a song that terrifies me. I've always wanted to sing "No Reason at All" from Jonathan Reod Gealt's Thirteen Stories Down, and I had worked at it enough so that I could do it successfully maybe... 50% of the time. I was terrified of getting up in front of my peers and making a fool of myself.
Here's the thing: no one should ever be afraid of making a fool of themselves. If you've worked at something, and you fall on your face, that's not a problem. Chances are, everyone in that rooms done the same thing several times before.
So I was at Masterclass, listening to these amazing people, and finally, it was my turn. I got up, and it was pretty clear how nervous I was.
So Neal Tracy, my voice teacher, had everyone sit in front of me and cheer me on, like a rock concert. I was extremely weirded out at first, but it was exactly what I needed; I had my own personal cheering squad reminding me not to be scared.
My homework from master class: remember what that felt like. I have to keep my own personal cheering squad in my head, and be confident.
I don't think my peers know exactly how much that meant to me, but if any of you happen to read this: thank you so much for supporting me. You've helped me so much!