I’m flat on my back, with faces all around me.
From absolute darkness, my eyes open.
Where am I?
The lights are up and I’m laying in the center of the stage, and the whole cast is looking down at me….my director, the stage manager, my dancers’ heads forming a circle of concern as I gaze up and try to make sense of how I got here.
And then I feel it….my ankle, throbbing, and pulsing.
Nikol, are you ok?
And it all starts to flood back….standing out in the audience watching my dress rehearsal of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors. My Ronnettes standing up on the balcony stage left doing the exact choreography I asked them to do. I realized I had given them some bad direction, so I went running down the audience steps to hop onto the stage to change it.
And because it was dress rehearsal, the lights were out in the audience. The stage, however, was fully lit….so I ran completely in the dark.
And what I didn’t see was the orchestra pit was lowered, just one foot. Just one foot in the dark, and down I went. I sprained my ankle so badly, I went into shock and passed out immediately.
And woke up on my back, center stage.
When we think of Center Stage, there is such a quick association. You, standing there, feeling the glow of the lights on your face, your adoring fans cheering for you…
Or are the lights burning, and you hear only silence?
If we could truly inhabit a place of peace under the lights, one where we felt confident, and at ease, what would it take for you to get there?
How would you fill the seats, and how would you stand there knowing you had something WORTHY to say?
And most importantly, how would you stand there consistently, instead of feeling a quick flash and then finding yourself flat on your back?
I don’t think any of us are looking to be a One Hit Wonder, sell one big painting, write one book, or give one speech. We’re actually having a real conversation around how to truly stand Center Stage over and over, without broken bones and broken spirits.
We’re talking about having a rich and prosperous life based on your Creative Gifts.
So, probably best not to go running in the dark…..
I grab my suitcase and walk through the open doorway, closing it ever so gently as the music begins lightly; Andrew Lloyd Weber’s soft ballad emerging from the orchestra pit.
I place the suitcase center stage, and sit down on it, taking a moment to look out at the thousands of audience members. Both spotlights are on me, I inhale, and then begin to sing Another Suitcase in Another Hall.
It’s 2005, and I’m on my first National Tour, the 25th Anniversary production of Evita, working with the original Broadway team, and tonight I am on for the role of the Mistress.
I practiced for this moment, rehearsing for weeks as the understudy, waiting to stand here and sing a solo to the largest audience I have performed to, and I wasn’t nervous. In fact, I felt free. I felt fantastic, and as each note emerged from my throat, I felt even more strength for my abilities.
Standing Center Stage, I sang. Standing Center Stage, I claimed my spotlight, the one I had been working so hard for in my career, with all my training, and with all my heart.
And those 7 months on the road with Evita, to this day, remain some of the most magical in my life. I was happy, fulfilled, prosperous, and doing what I loved.
Isn’t that what we are talking about?
It was a far cry from the 20 something who went running in the dark, blind to what twisted my ankle, blind to the floor falling out beneath me.
So, what are you blind to?
What if you could improve your sight and learn how to stand under the lights and gaze out at thousands of enraptured faces?
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I’ve brought them all together for a very special event, so you don’t have to twist and fall as I did. You don’t have to go through these challenges alone, or struggle with methods that promise a “quick fix” and then don’t deliver.
Take a moment with me, close your eyes, and feel the lights on your face. Now imagine that under those lights you are happy, fulfilled, and earning a living doing what you love.
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