At one or more times in our life, we have had dreams. Really big dreams! I was reminded of that this weekend as I attended the auditions for Footloose (I will be doing makeup for the show). It was two days of watching one talented person after another come in sing, dance and read for a part. I know I would never have the guts to do that. I did participate in theater in high school, but I was much braver back then.
Given the show is Footloose, we had a lot of teenagers and those in their early twenties walk through the door, and there was more talent than we knew what to do with. I also know a lot of these kids will be going off to college (or are in college) and still have big dreams ahead of them. Some will be majoring in Music, Musical Theater, Dance, etc., with hopes of using their amazing talents as their career. Unfortunately, only a handful will actually make it. Regardless, their life is still ahead of them.
There are also a lot of people in the age group that may not be looking to the stage for their future, but are probably more grounded in the dreams: doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc. They are more likely to achieve their dream than anyone going in any creative field.
Authors fall into the creative area. We write manuscript after manuscript after manuscript. I know I have more than a couple gathering dust. I had to hone my craft, so to speak, before a publisher wanted something I had written. I only know of one person who sold after they had written only one manuscript. That is a rarity, as we all know.
For all of the writers, singers, dancers, artists out there, it comes down to being in the right place at the right time. A performer needs to audition for a show they fit. They could have the best singing voice on the planet but if they are 28 and auditioning for the role of Annie, well, it isn’t going to happen. You would be better off looking in the role of Grace. And an author needs to now her market also. I write historical inspirational romance so I would be fool to submit to Harlequin Blaze. If I wrote erotic romance, I wouldn’t bother with submitting to Bethany House. Either way, I would go from slush pile and into the garbage. Well, maybe I would get a rejection letter too, but I would have made it clear to the publisher that I didn’t do my research.
There is a show for everyone just as there is a publisher and agent for everyone. The trick is in finding them. It just may take an awful lot of time. So, it guess it comes down to how important your dream is to you will depend on how much you are willing to invest.
And, I am a firm believer that it is NEVER too late to follow that dream. I penned a portion of my first novel (which was never finished by the way) at the age of twenty. Soon marriage, then children became more important. I am older now and my children are of an age that they no longer need my constant supervision and I have more free time on my hands. When that occurred, I returned to the idea of novel writing. As soon as I began typing those first words that dream of long ago came back to me and I was determined to see it realized. Twenty years later (after penning those first words when I was so young) I had a completed novel.
Do you have a dream you are still pursuing? What is it? And, have you dreams changed over the years? Did you want to be one thing in high school, but wanting something totally different today?