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Dance-tress Acting Up: Should You Cut Work For an Audition?

I got a message from my friend the other day; I could tell she was a little annoyed. She is putting together a burlesque show and she had scheduled rehearsals that all of the performers knew about in advance. Then, she started getting emails and phone calls and several of the girls were calling out. There was a big audition in town and they were invited to attend. But what about the job you already have and the time you already made a commitment to?

Well this is a tricky subject. If this had happened to me, I would have to think long and hard about the decision I was going to make. 1) A commitment is a commitment. You already said that you were available and you already blocked out that time, and because you did that, so did the person on the other end. There is also the time that you have already spent on previous rehearsals for this current job. Let’s not forget the time you had to block out of your schedule to attend for the audition. This job is a done deal. Its in the bank, its yours and you will be performing several times a month for this particular gig.

2) Who is the person you are working for? Do you really want to jeopardize that connection and the connections that they may have? Has the person invested a lot of time and personal funds to make this production the best that he or she can. How do you know that they don’t have other jobs lined up that may call for additional talent? If you are in their good graces, chances are you will be at the top of their list when it comes to being hired for further work. Just because this is a smaller production for this person doesn’t mean they don’t have higher paying jobs and a bigger production lined up next month.

Now, here’s the flip side. You get a HUGE audition for a job you’ve always dreamed of.  This job is rare to come across and it could potentially change your life. You could be “upgraded” on the totem pole of bigger and higher paying jobs. Having this on your resume would look amazing.  It would take your career from McDonald’s burgers to Morton’s steakhouse. (Blah blah, I don’t eat burgers or steaks either, but I couldn’t think of anything better)

Going to this audition seems like a no brainer, right? Well, here’s the catch, you are one of 300 girls asked to audition for one of 3 roles. Unless you are absolutely AMAZING, coincidentally the “look” they are seeking, or have previously worked for them your chances of actually booking this job are slim. Who knows, they may even typecast. This means that instead of teaching you a dance combination, they will line everybody up, walk by and either say, “please stay” or “thank you for coming”.

So what do you do? Take a risk and aim for one of those 3 spots? Or do you build a relationship with the up and coming artist that you already made a commitment to. What if you attend the big audition, don’t book it, but in the mean time screw over the choreographer and lose that job too? It’s your life and your career, what do you want? What would you do? Good luck!