Feeling Excited

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

So remember that audition I had last week? That audition that had me questioning my life in general just because I was so nervous about it and so nervous about why I'm choosing to attempt to pursue a "career" (I'm using that term lightly here) in a world that is so unknown to me, and so uncertain, and just all around so very scary...Well let me go into a little more detail about what that audition entailed. There was basically a group of sixteen of us (in my audition group, overall there were probably about eight groups)  who walked on stage with our biggest and brightest smiles, introduced ourselves to the judges as confidently as we could, and then were divided into groups of three. At that point we had roughly two minutes (in our groups of three) to get a suggestion from the judges and then act out a quick improvised scene based on their suggestion. It was terrifying. It felt like we basically had one hundred and twenty seconds to show the judges everything we had been studying for the past year. Because I tend to blackout on stage and start word vomitting all over the place while just being overall a little too excited, I knew it would be in my best interest to just get out there and act confident and listen. It was really all I could do. Listen listen listen. I've learned that working on this skill in improv has also helped me a bit in life as well. Who knew.

The scene went okay... I'm sure to the average person it wouldn't sound that hard to act out a completely improvised scene with two strangers you've never met before, but it actually kinda is. I can barely remember what the scene was even about, but I do recall my two partners were speaking with proper English accents and I was talking like an insecure American teenager. Again, I'm not always confident with my choices on stage, but you just have to roll with them. So that I did. 

Following our scene we had to play freeze tag with the entire group. I don't even want to describe what freeze tag is because I loathe the game so much and am just so bad at it. Let's just say I didn't think it went well. 

I left the audition relieved it was over, but still completely unsure what the outcome would be. Unsure, nervous, scared, sick, pretty much all of the standard emotions that go with the world of acting. We were told we'd hear via email by the following week if we got into the Conservatory or not. And thus began the email games. I think I checked my email no less than 10,000 times from Friday until Tuesday. Each time a new email came through I was certain it was going to be the one. I didn't even care what the outcome was (I told myself) I just hated not knowing. Again, I should note I'm probably just a little more high strung than the rest of my comedy pals, I'm sure no one else was nearly as obsessed as I.

By Tuesday afternoon I hadn't received anything and had accepted the fact I didn't get in. I was already looking up writing classes I was going to take until I could audition again and was ready to try to better myself in other areas. After all, it really wasn't that big of a deal. I know so many awesome improvisers who didn't make it their first go and have gone on to do great things.

But at 4:30 p.m. yesterday I got the news I was accepted. And I proceeded to read the email about ten times because I kind of thought it was joke. disclaimer: I was once "asked out" via a folded note in third grade only for it to be followed up with another folded note that said "kidding! who would want to go out with you, ya foo?" Thus the reason I am still always a bit insecure with always thinking someone is playing a joke on me when I receive good news.* end disclaimer. 

So yea, I got accepted into the Second City Conservatory. It's undoubtedly a much bigger deal to me than it really is, but I'm okay with that. I'm going to let myself be excited for the moment.

And so we proceeded to celebrate at my favorite little French restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi.






It may be blurry but if you look close enough you can see my mom and I are coordinating in our polka-dots.

And now I need to get back to this sales meeting I'm attending in the "Cowboy Room" at the lovely Candlewood Suites in Denton, Texas. Isn't life grand? I'm just living the dream one day at a time.


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89 comments:

  1. THATS AWESOME! Good for you girl.

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  2. Congratulations!!! How exciting!

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  3. There are no words for how happy I am for you! Way to go, as if there was any doubt! Look out SNL! :)

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  4. Oh my goodness! CONGRATULATIONS! You should be proud of it!!!!!

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  5. I knew you'd kill it! Congrats to you, it feels a little weird to be so excited for someone I've never met but I've heard that's part of what blogging is all about.

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  6. this IS a big deal. and don't you or anyone say different. congratulations! I wouldn't even have enough balls to fill out an application to second city...much less apply, get in, do classes, perform, and then audition again. i love to see / hear about people living out their dreams because i'm too chicken shit to do it.

    and to that little 3rd grader that played a mean joke on you...tell him to suck your funny d*ck! too much?

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    1. OMG. this is the best comment ever. "suck your funny d*ck." Hilarious!

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  7. That's great news! Congrats, I've been rooting for you, reading every post you've written since your audition with the anticipation of hearing the results. Yay!

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  8. This is obviously amazing news. Congrats to you, lady! Can't wait to see you on the main stage!

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  9. UM IT IS A BIG DEAL. I read Tina Fey's book.. I know what this means. I know, I know stop encouraging you but seriously Taylor. Kick some ass girl! Now I need to come back to Chicago stat just to see you perform!

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  10. GIRL!!! THIS IS AMAZING!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU. AND YOU BEAT TINA FEY?!?! STAR. IN. THE. MAKING. GET IT GET IT.

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  11. Yayayay this made my day!!! I'm so proud of you and SO excited for you! Get it girl!

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  12. Yay Taylor! I'm so happy for you! But happier for myself because I now know someone who's on their way to being famous.

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  13. Congrats! That is great! And what a mean 3rd grade boy

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  14. YAYAYAYAYAYYAYAY!!!! Git it girl!

    And if you're in Denton hit up Fry Street over off the UNT campus. That's where all the fun bars are :)

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  15. Yay for you, shug! Congrats!!! {I totally get your insecurity disclaimer because the exact same thing happened to me in 5th grade, except the dude said it out loud, and a whole group of people were in on it and laughed in my face, and I went into the bathroom and refused to come out, and the whole class left the lunch room to go back to class, and the teacher had to come back and get me. I'm happy to report that guy turned out seriously unattractive and dull and I'm pretty sure most of his hair is gone. :)}

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  16. Wow! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Ahhhh so freaking awesome!! YOU GO GIRL!!

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  18. I'm telling you...Kristen Wiig!! So excited and happy for you :)

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  19. Congrats! I know that is such a big deal!! Um and to that 3rd grade boy, you are mean and I hope you have adult acne.

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  20. That's a huge deal! Great job!! Auditions are always terrifying and they never seem to go well to the person doing them. Congratulations!

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  21. that is beyond awesome! congratssss :))

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  22. I just knew that was going to be your news. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. WAHOO! That's so awesome!!! CONGRATS!!!! YAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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  24. This is huge. Congrats congrats congrats!

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  25. This is so amazing and definitely a big deal! Congrats lady, you deserve it! xoxo

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  26. That's amazing! As a theatre major, and now theatre admin/educator, I know all to well how nerve-racking that must have been, but also what an incredible opportunity this is for you! Congrats :)

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  27. Whoa hold up - this ACTUALLY IS AMAZING...and totally inspiring! Congratulations, it's such a great opportunity!

    xxx
    Jaclyn
    http://www.loveandbellinis.com

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  28. Congratulations! That's a huge deal and a wonderful accomplishment!

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  29. Oh my gosh! Congratulations! Why are you trying to make it seem like not as big of a deal as it is?! You should be owning it and so proud of yourself! Way to go, lady! I never doubted you awesome 'black out on stage' talent! ;)

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  30. Woohooo!!! Congrats girl!! I am so glad I will be able to say i knew you when you were that funny blog lady! ;) Big things ahead for you, very excited for you!

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  31. Congratulations! That is such great news! Good luck :)

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  32. Congratulations, that's awesome!! I can't wait to read about this new adventure!

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  33. Congratulations! Just a small town Nebraska girl dreaming of the big city life ;)

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  34. That is such great news!! Congratulations!

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  35. Woot!!!!! I knew you were going to be accepted!! Congrats!

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  36. This is a major deal! Congrats!!

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  37. Yay yay yay!! I'm totally happy for you and it to is a big deal! I can't even imagine improv acting the whole idea of it makes me feel really quesy...
    Oh and mon ami gabi is delicious! I but went to the Vegas one a few days ago and I stuffed my face!
    xxoo
    Jordyn

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  38. Congratulations!! That's amazing!!

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  39. Ok. I'll admit. I scrolled to the bottom to see the news and then read the rest of your post. So excited for you! Don't forget the little people when you hit it big time. And I love that you and your mom were matching!

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  40. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU! You are going to have so much fun and happiness and all the good adjectives to describe such fun! Congratulations! And let me know when you meet Tina Fey.

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  41. CONGRATS! That must be such a nice feeling of success! You are on your way.

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  42. Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!!!! I'm so incredibly happy for you!! Double high fives for you! I've witnessed enough improv to know how insanely difficult it is. I'm always so impressed with people who have a talent for it. Clearly you have talent girl! You got accepted!!!

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  43. THIS IS AMAZING NEWS!!! Congrats pretty girl!

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  44. Congrats! That is totes amazeballs!!! Please share more videos of your performances with us, your creepy fans in blogland!

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  45. this is so awesome!! congrats to you. you have worked hard for this. be PROUD of it!! yay you!

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  46. Congratulations!!!! That is so exciting!

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  47. Congratulations!!!!! I'm so excited for you!!!

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  48. Taylor!! This is AMAZING! Congratulations. I see SNL in your future. ;) (You think I'm kidding, ya foo?!)

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  49. It really IS a big deal! :) So awesome! Congrats!

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  50. I must admit I've been cyber stalking your blog but decided this was a great time to leave a comment – congratulations!!! I’m comedy obsessed (I got sirus radio just to listen to the comedy stations on my commute) would love to see a video of you from one of your classes or your open mic nights.

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  51. Congrats!! I have a good friend who just finished at the conservatory and loved it!

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  52. How amazing!!! your non-chalant freeze tag must've sold 'em!

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  53. That's so great! CONGRATS! You're going to be great!

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  54. Congrats! That's so awesome. I was a theater student for a long time so I know how terrifying improv and auditions can be!

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  55. YAYAYAYAYYYYY!!!! That's so awesome!! Congratu-freakin-lations!!

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  56. Congrats! I knew you could do it! I'm so so excited for you! ((((( Tay )))))

    Have another drink for me : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  57. one million congrats!!!!!

    i had a friend who was in an improv group in high school and i thought "how hard can it be?" and then once i got up onstage and totally froze.

    another friend who is NOW in improv and i went and saw her show a month ago -- SO FUNNY ..i don't know how y'all do it!!!

    so excited to see what comes!!

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  58. Congratulations! So inspiring to read about someone just GOING FOR IT!

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  59. Congrats! This is very exciting news!

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  60. Congratulations!! That is hella exciting!

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  61. told you, this was in the plan! Woo hoo!

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  62. Woo hoo!! Congrats Chica. Such a great accomplishment!!

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  63. congrats!!! thats so exciting!!

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  64. WOOOOHOOOOO congratulations!!! If I lived close to you, I'd march on over and shower you with expensive champagne :)

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  65. Congratulations and WELL DONE! SNL soon???
    http://johced-ourjourneytoeverywhere.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  66. Giiiirl! This is awesome, congrats!

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  67. Yay!!! So happy for you! I saw the picture where you said celebrating life on instagram first, and I wondered. So exciting!

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  68. I KNEW IT!!! I told you that you would get in!! I'm soooo happy for you! Congrats!

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  69. CONGRATS! You totally deserve it! I'm living vicariously through you, so please continue to share the deets, they don't get old!! ;)

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  70. AHHHHH YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!

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