I once read that following Fred Astaire’s first screen test in 1933 his boss at MGM boss wrote a memo that said: “Fred Astaire: Can’t act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” When the screen test was next viewed by David O. Selznick who had signed Astaire to the studio, his memo said: I’m uncertain about the man, but I feel, in spite of his enormous ears and bad chin line, that his charm is so tremendous that it comes through even on this wretched test.”
Recently during an audition I was asked to dance. Nobody is ever going to confuse me for a dancer although as I recently mentioned — I’m now temporary president of the Mick Jagger School of Dance and committed to doing my best imitations of his dance moves daily…but wait, I’m digressing!
Now, back to my story…At the time on the spot, all I could do was show them me. So I did my best to chillax and get all loosey goosey. Then, making it more crazy, they started playing “Under Pressure” by David Bowie & Freddie Mercury. Seriously? Great song– but who dances to it? So, I whipped my hair around and showcased my best head banging moves.
Amazingly, I’ve learned that it’s during these moments the Universe reinforces and assures us that owning our individuality can make all the difference. Everyone in the room burst out laughing…and I got the role although I sure hope that audition video never makes it to the internet! :-0
We will never be all things to all people all the time. The good news? We don’t have to be. Show up, be you and have fun in the process. That’s how to create your own personal, powerful brand of magic.
I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience — the author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook ✨ I’m a Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People. Modeling info @Whlm.newyork —other info in my bio & on my websites.