Do you know what will happen once you start reading SURRENDER, by Elana Johnson?
You will need to call in sick to work
No housework will get done
The kids will have to find their own way to school/sports
Your pets must learn to forage for food
YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN
The Characters...The Tech...The World...The Love Stories
I love the premise of perseverance that this Never Surrender Blogfest embraces. Thank you Elana Johnson for encouraging us to share our stories.
I Can Do That
In 1971, when I was thirteen I saw the musical, Coco, starring Katherine Hepburn at the Los Angeles Music Center. I was a four year veteran of community theatre with dreams of being an actress. At the end of the show, I turned to my mother and said, "Next year I'm going to be up on that stage."
Cue the condescending smile.
A few months later, lo and behold there were auditions for The Sound of Music to be performed on that very stage. My mother wouldn't let me audition because I had braces, and she said my singing voice wouldn't cut it.
My brother auditioned and was cast. At least three of the Von Trapp kids had braces.
I watched the show every night for six weeks.
At the end of the summer the company was auditioning replacements for the kids who didn't want to continue on the tour.
In my bedroom, I sang to the Broadway cast album at least 100 times, and practiced the dances I'd been watching for weeks.
My braces and I got the part.
I performed the role of Louisa Von Trapp on the stage of the Los Angeles Music Center in 1972, and continued to do so for the rest of the tour.
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
Join me in hopping to the blogs on the list below to soak up more rays of perseverance.