“You are the pride of your country. You are Great Britain. When you open your eyes…4 billion people all around the world will be looking at your face. Open your eyes…”
The rush of excitement I felt at that moment is still with me as I write that.
It was October 2011 and I was at my first audition to perform in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Suddenly, after initially applying on a bit of a lighthearted whim, I wanted it bad. Really bad.
I sang my heart out, danced my feet off, acted my socks off and sashayed my butt so hard it ached.
There were thousands of us. I had to stand out. Make my mark. Be big and amazing and impressive.
Was I terrified? Of course. But did I want to make it mine? Yes!
For once I let go, forgot all about every fear and insecurity I had ever carried with me and gave it everything I had.
It felt great.
For that reason, I then decided to make every single day an audition day.
To not be afraid, to not be ashamed, to not be anyone else but me, filled with joy.
Audition-Me is fearless. I like her.