Dude, Where’s My Comfort Zone?

I am TOTALLY stressed out about doing Porchlight! I hate being on stage, and I hate public speaking. Once I took an acting class and days before I had to perform one of my scene, I went skydiving. After that, I thought, “I could have died. What’s the worst thing that could happen to me on stage? They’ll laugh at me?” And that gave me the courage to do my scene and it went very well, so well that the teacher bumped me up to the advanced class. However, I don’t plan to do any skydiving in the next two weeks, and climbing (even leading), doesn’t seem to have the same effect. I know several people who have done Porchlight, so I thought, “Oh, I can do that, too.” Then I just ran into one guy who’s done it, and he said, “It was brutal. I almost wish I hadn’t done it. You get up there and you think, ‘Holy shit. There are 350 people out there.’ ” Uh, thanks. I feel like jumping out of a plane now—without a parachute. So why am I doing it if I think it will be so awful? To prove that I can. To get better at public speaking. To get my work out there, etc. And all I can do is practice. Practice and practice and practice, so that’s what I’ll be doing for the next two weeks (after I figure out what my story is.) Then in just ten minutes and it will all be over.

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2 responses to “Dude, Where’s My Comfort Zone?

  1. Ani

    You did quite well at the Mills reading that I attended…So don’t get too stressed out.

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