The day that I started my storytelling class.
I’m just home from my first session of Speakeasy D.C. storytelling class, and to be honest, even though I technically tell stories for a living, I was a bit nervous about going tonight. I don’t typically spend seven minutes on stage exposing myself to an audience (no, not like that).
Mind you, I have performed before: my illustrious ballet career began with me crawling out of a laundry basket at age two as a “Cabbage Patch Kitten,” and capped off with a turn as a “child at the party” in a production of the Nutcracker. But those were hardly speaking parts. Then there was baton twirling, another topic altogether (believe me), but part of the reason why I still wonder about being on stage.
You see, I, like everyone else in the sixth grade, signed up for the sixth grade play in Middle School. But at the time, I was a National Champion Baton Twirler (see, I told you it was a longer story) and while I probably didn’t brag about it on my “play resume” the play director noticed. So before I could audition, I was pulled out of line and told I was going to be in the Talent Show instead. I wasn’t interested in being in the Talent Show, but the play director/Talent scout wasn’t having it, and handed me a broom stick so I could demonstrate my skills. Let it be noted that whatever skills you may have acquired don’t apply when you’re twirling a broomstick, particularly one with a splintered end that I’m fairly sure could have impaled someone. So in short, I sucked, and he didn’t seem to care that I sucked, which made me think that his interest in Talent wasn’t all that authentic, not to mention the fact that I didn’t feel like choreographing a routine, and the last thing I felt like doing at age 12 was putting on a leotard and throwing my baton around on stage, alone, where everyone could watch me if I dropped it (there a constant terror of dropping when you’re a baton champion, I was still novice enough not to have overcome it). So began and ended my chance of being the next …. [insert your favorite actresses name here].