I think it's very important to begin to think of ourselves as dancers and not wait for some anointing from on high from some unknown person or future event. You have to think of yourself as having made it in the here and now.
It's nice to be paid as dancers and other work-a-day professionals in the profession but first and foremost is how we view ourselves, our self-image and confidence. It's good to get outside feedback and validation from those we trust and admire but ultimately, it has to come from within. There is no magic moment. Yes, the check helps, yes, the signing of the contract helps. But as the saying goes, "Before enlightenment -- fetch and carry water. After enlightenment -- fetch and carry water."
I believe that if students and aspirant dancers think of themselves now as dancers, this will aid the process and I think the net effect of this will be seen. Don't give up. Keep listening to that inner voice that says, "I love dancing and moving" no matter how tough the going sometimes seems to get.
Find opportunities and they will find you. I often used to tell my students that opportunity knocks at the door all the time. The trick is to listen for the knock, and then take the courage to open and door and walk through it - or to invite the visitor in. Don't be afraid of success. Embrace change.
I hear of dozens of attorneys who quit each year. They had "made it" but became dissatisfied. Is having a certificate on your wall, "making it?"
Doesn't loving and supporting dance mean that we've already
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