Apparently, over half of British adults believe they would have pursued their dreams if they’d had more energy as a child. Energy has never been a problem for me – either as a child or now. But I didn’t follow my dreams.
My dream was to be an actor. I was pretty good at acting as a teenager, if I do say it myself. My teachers certainly thought so and I had the lead role in two consecutive 6th form plays. I remember getting so emotional and into character in one scene that I ended up smashing a glass. And the poor stage manager (a fellow upper 6th student) cut her hand clearing the glass off the stage. I also ran a children’s drama group and directed two shows all by myself. I loved the long summer days working at the theatre on those shows.
But I didn’t follow my dreams.
For one thing, I couldn’t sing or dance to save my life and most actors are ‘triple threats’ – they sing, dance and act. For another thing, I was a ‘clever kid’ and clever kids don’t follow their dreams to become actors. They go to university and study for something ‘proper’.
So I became a press officer.
There’s nothing wrong with being a press officer. It’s a fun and challenging job. It has a lot more variety than many ‘proper’ jobs. But can the buzz of a big story match the buzz of being on stage? I guess I’ll never know.
Until a year ago, my daughter wanted to be a teacher or an architect. Regular readers will know that, unlike her mum, my daughter is a very good dancer. A year ago, she took part in her first professional pantomime. After that, life would never be the same.
She’s tasted life on the professional stage. She’s worked with professional actors and a professional director and choreographer. She’s learned to sing and act as well as dance.
Now my own ‘clever kid’, who has got a place at grammar school, wants to be an actor or a dancer.
And I’m not going to stop her.
Too many of us ending up working in offices, sending emails, making phone calls, worrying about whose turn it is to make the tea next and feeling a little bit unfulfilled. I didn’t follow my dream, so I’m going to let my daughter follow hers, if that’s what she really wants. If she wants to go to drama school instead of university, that’s fine by me. Or if she wants to do a performing arts degree instead of an academic one, that’s fine by me. If she wants to go to Disneyland Paris and dance in a parade every day, that’s fine by me.
If it doesn’t work out, at least she can say she’s tried.
Being a dancer requires lots of energy and sometimes it requires very quick, snatched meals between one class and the next. Luckily, my daughter is a big fan of Sun-Pat peanut butter on toast (as are my husband and I), which gives her the energy to keep dancing for as long as she needs to.
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This is a sponsored post written with Sun-Pat, but all dreams of stage glory are our own!