Behind the Glamour

By: Rafaela Silva

The first “behind the scenes” moment is something an actor never forgets. I remember mine as if it was yesterday; people were running around in a panic, trying to solve problems that should’ve been solved prior to performance day. The stress in the air was almost palpable. The first thought that came to me in the midst of all this chaos was, “wow, this is far less glamourous than it appears on the outside.”

I am here to tell you a bit of what it is like behind the beautiful make up, the perfect scenes and the exciting casting parties. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to convince you that the performing arts are bad. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Seeing the realness of theatre from a behind the scenes perspective intrigued me even more.

What I want to exemplify is that going into the arts is not easy. Someone one told me, “Doing what you love is gratifying. Don’t expect it to be easy or fun all the time because it won’t be.” Being part of the crazy world of art is hard work; you’re constantly on the go and constantly chasing a new goal, but every time you get that recognition, or reach that goal, or kill that performance, it is all worth it!

You know how when you go to an amusement park, you spend hours waiting in line for a mere 2-minute thrill on a ride? That is exactly what performance arts is like; we spend months rehearsing for only an hour (roughly) of adrenaline while we’re on stage. 

Why do we do it? Why do we spend months practicing, chasing after that one goal? Well, you know that feeling once a rollercoaster ends? That feeling. That feeling of utter joy and success is what makes all that behind the scenes chaos worth it. 

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