Acting lessons.

Actors know all about rejection. Audition after audition sometimes, it is… “No thanks”… or, “Thanks but no thanks.” Whether you are a master of your craft or average, actors and performers must deal with the nature of the business. They must find that place within themselves that says, “I know I am good, even if they say no.”

I remember auditioning once for a toothpaste commercial, and I was turned down because I was too good of a tap dancer. I didn’t know what they were looking for, so of course, I gave them my best, only to find out they were looking for people who were not so good at what they did, but smiled anyway. “Oh!” I said. Then I saw things more clearly. It was a toothpaste commercial – they were selling toothpaste, not talent.

ultrabright

I told them I could pretend to be bad. That is when they told me a surprising thing. They said, “No, it wouldn’t work. You are really good, and something of it wouldn’t ring true. They actually needed someone who was really not good, even who knew they weren’t good, but smiled through it all. That is how they would sell their product, saying that even if you are not good, if you use our toothpaste you can still get the job.

David- tap rehearsal -Broadway

It is really telling when a company is looking for someone who is not good, in order to sell a product. If you didn’t guess until now, I had been using that brand of toothpaste, and I stopped. When the commercials came out, I watched. It helped me to realize that I would rather be good at my endeavor without great white teeth, than just trying hard with only commercially white teeth to impress and show for it, even if it meant losing the gig.

We are all, in one sense, actors on the stage of real life, and we all have to make choices of how we play ourselves on that stage. Some people go for content, filling themselves with enriching knowledge, gaining valuable perspective, wisdom and skill to share on life’s journey. Others go for surface looks, becoming masters of the mask, and wearing their faces, even their beauty to hide the holes within. Still others become adept at misdirection, getting others to look at the glitz and glamour they have, rather than be seen for who they really are. And others simply don’t show up, hiding themselves from life as best they can.

Whatever choice a person makes, the most important thing is to be true to who you are, and be conscious of it, as best you can. It is how we grow. There is no substitute for hard work, and mastering one’s chosen profession. There is no substitute for recognizing your gifts… things that may come easy for you, and realizing that this may be a sign of what you should do, and developing yourself to get the most out of this gift. And if you are a loner, be that. There is great use in solitude.

Life is asking you who you are. Always show your real self. You are the only one of you, and whether we see you or not, your energy goes into the world to great effect.

Affirmation

Who I am is right for me… and I do not have to pretend to be something I am not.

Prayer

May I never reject myself, but be a loving observer of my behavior and feelings. When I change is needed, I am capable of opening to that change, knowing it is part of my own growth and development.

May you have Power for Life Now!
David

Power For Life Now, August Newsletter.

August began with a trip to Hawaii, as Jeannine and I presented our monthly Tap Into Transformation with an Aloha theme. When participants entered our studio they were met with a beautifully decorated studio, including a small palm tree! We had an area filled with sand and invited participants to step into the sand first, then to step right into a large pool of water we had set up. We then dried their feet. Afterwards they received a light spray of flower essence on their faces. Yes, the senses were in full engagement as rich opportunities for touch and smell were presented. They were then given leis and grass skirts to wear, before putting on their tap shoes. We were a sight to behold!

We created a dance to Israel’s Kamakawiwo’ole’s famed song, White Sandy Beach of Hawaii. Herb Rodriguez and Jeannine played the song live! They both played ukuleles provided by Herb, and Herb sang! It was so great to have live performers and they sounded so beautiful.
Herb and Jeannine practice
        (Jeannine and Herb rehearsing the day before the event.)

We are grateful to Herb for saying yes to performing, as he is usually dancing with us. It was both challenging and beautiful to move as Hawaiian hula dancers and tap dance! Our participants did so well! Bravo to them all!

Hula group

During the meal break we had a Hawaiian feast. Jeannine cooked an incredible dish of Hawaiian pork with pineapple and other tropical spices and ingredients. We served mai tais, pineapple coconut juice, papaya juice, and had array of tropical fruits, nuts, and desserts. It was truly a scrumptious meal!

In the second half of the evening we created an environment whereby we simulated being on a Hawaiian beach at night. We turned the lights low, had torchlights present (though not lit). We had candles and the sound of ocean waves with light Hawaiian music playing. We played a guessing game with Sharpettes™. Jeannine had the brilliant idea of presenting nature Sharpettes for us to guess and contemplate. So, we printed them on paper and presented them in a bamboo container. Each person picked one out. They read the second and third lines, and we tried to guess the word being described. It was fun, and brought us in touch with the beauty of creation.

Here are five of the Sharpettes presented:

Volcano
Lava shooting high; Fire and ashes
Like earth’s way to show her deep passion for life.

Air
The breath of life; unseen but there
Like being everywhere and nowhere.

Dusk
The day’s ending, Night’s beginning
Like age glowing with the light of wisdom.

Clouds
A misty march, A slow parade
Like wind carved sculptures in sky gallery.

Sunset
Heavenly scarf, Rainbow’s teacher
Like the sky blushing from day’s compliment.

CO_people_book_cover

Changing topic to the literary arena, I am featured in a new book that was released this month by Don Morreale. It is a collection of his popular articles for the Denver Post and Your Hub/Examiner about the life and times of contemporary Coloradans. Don was present during one of my creative sermon/performances where I tap danced during the sermon to make a point, and to illustrate a lesson. He was present later at an evening event when I interpreted Scripture through tap dance. He interviewed me for the Denver Examiner, and now I am featured in his new book, in the section titled, Hierophants, Healers, and Tap Dance Preachers. Can you guess which one I am? The book is available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

On July 31st, Titandare, the marimba group that Jeannine and I play in, performed at the St. Julian Hotel. It was part of their summer patio series, and several groups from the Kutandara centered were featured. We played four songs, and used new arrangements for a couple. We danced, played, laughed and had fun along with the crowd that showed up to enjoy our sounds.

Jeannine leans in copy
(Jeannine leans into the rhythm as she plays the lead marimba during the song Kukaiwa Ya Rent.)

In news of the ordinary kind for Boulder, check out this deer in our back yard with an apple in its mouth. It has made the apple tree a personal banquet centerpiece, and has eaten them all accept for the few he cannot get to at the top. The squirrels finally had their chance and took those away.

deer with apple 2

And may you have Power for Life Now!
David

Sharpettes and Annie Ruth’s Truths, August

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.

Enjoy!
David

***

Bubbles
Dip and then blow; now watch them rise
Like fairies floating and going up high.

blowing bubbles

***

Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?!”

MOM-AND-ME-IN-TAP-POSE-240x300

 

When you move God moves.