If you are a performer and a parent (or soon-to-be!) I hope you feel at home here. When I became pregnant, it was hard to find others who felt the same pressures and losses and professional jealousy that I was going through. I want to try to help you feel less alone as you navigate a performance career while balancing life as a parent.
The first thing you must know, and please take heart, heed and hope in this…everyone is learning how to do this, including myself. No one has all the advice or the perfect thing to say or knows the exact right thing to do, but everyone has an experience to share. Whether it’s trying to find a last minute babysitter for an audition or negotiating a contract so that you can bring your child with you on an out of town gig…someone’s been through it. Someone can help. I hope to share with you my journey, and walk with you on yours.
I do miss performing. I miss it a lot. It took a long time for me to come to peace with my “selective” hiatus. I will be documenting my slooow return to the spotlight. The first thing I’m going to tell you is that…I have no idea what I’m doing. Not anymore. The industry has changed a lot since I started years ago – diversity is up (yay!), electronic submissions have become the norm (though hardcopy submissions are still accepted and given the same consideration), and there are so many avenues in which to support yourself as a performer/personality these days. (YouTube star, anyone?) I hope you’ll join me as I embark on this new journey of mine. And maybe, you’ll find yours too!
Stick around! See what happens next!