I am proud to announce that I am part of the New York City line up for this year’s Listen to Your Mother reading! I was so nervous about auditioning, and I didn’t finish my audition story until the moment before I had to leave for the studio. Crazy. I’m lucky I had a story at all. I had weeks to write something, but could think of not one story to tell. Yes, that’s even more crazy than my last-minute finish. I have only about 600,000³ stories, many of them about my mother. Couldn’t think of anything. And partly that’s because I had to tell a five-minute story. There are few things I’m able to do in just five minutes, and talking about my mother is definitely not one of them.
Or so I thought! Thanks to a lunch conversation with on of my coworkers, I had an idea. I wrestled it into a five-minute box and off I went to audition … where a strange thing happened: I was nervous about reading, but I felt entirely calm about my story. Dare I say that I felt … confident? As soon as I finished the first paragraph, I knew.
Where did that come from? This story (which I’ll post after the reading) isn’t the best thing I’ve ever written. It hadn’t even been revised when I auditioned with it. A first draft is pretty much never going to be the best thing I’ve ever written. But still, I was completely certain of that story, certain it would land me in the cast.
I’ve been trying to puzzle out that “I got this” feeling ever since the audition. I’m not looking to become America’s Cockiest Girl or anything, but it would be nice to set aside the Poster Child for Low Self-Esteem mantle every now and then. Even more amazing would be to have this feeling about my writing on a consistent basis. Imagine how much work I’d submit!
While I keep trying to figure myself out, please consider coming out for the LTYM reading. It would be so great to get to meet you in person! If you’re not in New York, check the LTYM website, there may be a reading near you!
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