Nourished. Inside, To Out.
Those of us who are already here, get it: the entertainment industry is as fast paced and hard driven as ever. We work tirelessly at our jobs, sacrificing more than just time and money to make it in this fast paced industry that we love and slave for SO much.
Performers, technicians, musicians, managers, casting specialists, directors, choreographers, costume and set designers- I'm looking at you. I'm here with you, working hard for that seemingly fleeting moment of recognition for our efforts.
All of our hard work, the long hours, the travel, the callbacks, the sitzprobe, the costume parades, the scheduling...it takes a toll on us. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and what suffers the most? Our digestion. Our digestion is the first thing that we unintentionally put our stress on, but how do we know? It shows up in our bellies, our skin, our confidence as we step into callbacks, our energy as we load out the set and pack it up for the next city. It rears its ugly head when we try to fall asleep at night, and STILL wake up tired the next day.
The last thought we have as we look at our schedule for the next day is about food. In fact, I know food is the afterthought. I do the same thing almost EVERY time I go out on contract. I think "I'll figure it out when I get there." Then I get there...and I figure out I should have thought about it before I left. Has that ever happened to you? More than once, maybe? Don't worry, I'm on the same stage as you. Made the same mistakes. It doesn't always have to be that way.
Feeling fatigued? Wandering through the aisles of the mediocre gas station next to your hotel and just have no clue what snack will get you through your show day? Maybe your day is done and you don't want to miss out on hanging out with the cast and crew; however, you don't want to upset your stomach either.
Do you feel like your sleep just isn't as restful as it could be? Do you notice more tedious stressors as you go through the motions of work, and wish the stress would just manage itself? It's SO frustrating when you overthink the things that are out of your control. At least, that's a frustration that I have commonly had as a dancer. Where did all the healthy habits go? Do I even bother getting them back? Can I actually wait until I get home before I figure out how the heck to manage my indigestion and stress?
You may feel that you're at a loss overall because of your facility, schedule, and needing to be on budget. I want to help, and I know that we can get back on the right track again. It's SO simple and I will hold you, encourage you to feel what you're feeling, and show you how we can make it ok. We can make it better than ok! We're in this together.
I've been through so much as a dancer, and it's hard being overwhelmed by tummy troubles, stress, and fatigue in a career that is seemingly so satisfying otherwise! It took me ages to figure it out. I'm still figuring it out!
Are you ready to figure it out, too?