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Being PERFECT doesn’t matter.

 

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I had a realization this past Saturday. I realized that being perfect doesn’t matter. Striving for perfection isn’t real.

As I entered the stage door I was greeted by another person in our production. We exchanged friendly hellos and made some comments on the upcoming final performance of this particular show. Something this person said stopped me dead in my tracks, “One more time to get it perfect.” I smiled, not being able to comment and made my way to the dressing room.

I sat down, staring at the blank wall in front of me. I couldn’t help but reflect on this thought. Have I been performing less than perfect? Was that commentary on my personal performance? Was something about our production less than perfect? Oh, the anxiety!

No. In my ten years as a professional performer I suddenly realized something big. Perfect doesn’t matter. It never mattered. As I thought about every performance in my life I couldn’t think of a perfect one. Should there be a perfect performance? Am I missing something? Was this a class I forgot to take in college?

Several factors do not allow perfection in art. First, we are humans. Humans with beating hearts, souls and experiences that shape us and guide us to creating our art. All of the art we create will be different considering this factor alone. And second, our main goal as an artist is to communicate. I don’t believe our communication has to be perfect. There’s no right or wrong way. If you are able to connect with your audience through word, music or any other type of vessel then haven’t you truly obtained your goal as an artist?

I suddenly felt a wave of relief. Perfect doesn’t matter. No more will I strive for it. Will I always put forth my personal best? Yes. Will it be perfect? No.

“Today is not going to be perfect,” I told myself as I walked into the bright lights with ease.

Submitted by LBWietig

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