Longevity In A Dance Career
Building A Career Takes Time
It’s quite an adjustment moving to a big city so give yourself some time to establish who you are in the dance world. It may take a few auditions for a choreographer to get to know you and eventually hire you. Be prepared to pound the pavement and audition…a lot. There are skills that can only be learned through the audition process. They can’t be taught in a dance studio. Only the experience of repeated auditions can give you this insight.
Don’t compare yourself to other dancers. You are on your own path. Some dancers may book a job right away. For others it can take months. The ones that work and have longevity in this business are the dancers that are in it for the long haul and never give up.
Audition For Everything
My rule of thumb is, go on every audition until you are in a place in your career where you are established enough to choose your own gigs or hold your own auditions. And it takes time along with trial and error to discover your uniqueness, carve out your individuality and build a name for yourself. So try different hair styles, looks, vibes to see what works for you. Notice what types of shows and roles you are booking then go in that direction to build your resume. It is a balance of carving your own way while accepting how the industry perceives you. Be smart. Say yes to new windows of opportunity and don’t be afraid to re-invent yourself when needed. Introduce yourself to the dance community by volunteering for shows, concept videos and events. Offer to assist choreographers. Soon you will FIND YOU!
Ride The Wave
Jobs come and go, there are constant highs and lows in this business, but if you learn to ride the wave you can make the down times work in your favor. Rejection is part of the process, so being RESILIENT is a necessary skill. Make use of your down time between gigs…read, play music, update your website or reel, do things that bring you joy and remind you why you started dancing in the first place. Keep yourself motivated and inspired. Explore new parts of your creative side by constantly learning and growing. Take an acting, singing or improv class. Try your hand at painting, photography, etc. Exploring these areas of your creativity will infuse a fullness to your dance career. Last by not least, surround yourself with a supportive group of friends. BELIEVE in yourself, keep doing the work and be ready. PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF!