The Realization

I’ve heard of Shakespearian actors, established and hard-working actors talk about their quest to play King Lear. They work their whole life gaining the experience needed to play King Lear. They audition. They don’t get it. They audition. They don’t get it. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. All the while playing smaller roles, watching and learning from the gifted actors who have come before. They work and work waiting for the opportunity to play King Lear, meanwhile knowing and confident they have what it takes to play (dramatic pause) King Lear.

Then, finally, they get the call. The call that all that work had been leading up to. The actor knows they can play King Lear, and now, they will have the opportunity to play King Lear.

After they hang up from finding out they’ll be playing King Lear, and then after the minute or two of excitement and affirmation, they have the realization…

Oh, crap. Now I have to play King Lear.

You do have what it takes. You are prepared and your confidence is not unwarranted. Yes, it will be a lot of work, but you are up for the challenge. You raised your hand and you were chosen. Don’t let the necessary work you have yet to do stand in the way of the talent you possess.

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