'Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day.'
I'm soon going to be 27...
I thought it would be scarier than this. I thought I would be terrified. But I'm not, I'm really excited. But how so much has changed. I'm trying to arrange New Year's Eve with my friends, It is the first time since graduating that we have all been not just in the same town but the same country at the same time, and it may never come again. We don't want to go out on the town, we don't want to go on holiday. It's time for a nice farmhouse in the countryside with a large table. A hearty meal and a constant stream of wine, toasting at midnight with the people I love and care about the most sounds perfect.
Somehow, somewhere we all grew up and I'm having more fun now than ever and I can't help but think about how much has changed since graduating. We all fall out of those doors so ignorant to what the dance world actually consists of, so excited to be a professional and high from the buzz of life! For most of us, it's the first time out of home, we can be who we want, do what we want, go where we want but when is it that reality actually hits you in the face? And how long can we put it off for?
Class of 2013 graduates errr...now, and dives into the pool of contemporary dance employment. I wish you all the very best of luck and congratulate you for making it through training. Some of you will leave and never think of dance as a career, you might take up a new course or find yourself working in a place that gives you more, some of you will leave and join an apprenticeship, maybe go into a job and sail through. Some of you will find yourself working projects, some creating your own work.
Some of you may struggle, taking class and auditioning. No matter what your path, it's not easy and I just want to say that whatever your dream is, hang onto it. Contemporary dance has changed a lot in the past 6 years (when I entered my first year) and it is in a constant state of flux. Go with it, never stop learning, never stop fighting never stop challenging yourself, don't judge something (or someone) because you don't understand it and finally (the hardest for some) stay humble.
To all of those who are auditioning alongside the fresh and hungry graduates, embellish the skill and maturity you have adopted since leaving, look at where you were when you graduated and where you are now and use it, don't stop learning and step out of that comfort zone. It all changes after graduation you know it does, people leave, friends leave, people change and we make mistakes... But don't get stuck in your routine, keep taking those risks because.
Two weeks ago I was taking a yoga class at 6am on the beach in Abu Dhabi with Stomp, (well not all of them), a week ago I was skinny dipping in Sweden with 3 of the closest people to me and I have just finished some filming in Brighton. I've had a very lucky month and after one of the most incredible conversations I have ever had on a blanket in the garden with two of my best friends last night It has been reiterated to me that life is short.
Don't sacrifice, don't wait, and don't hold back. Don't be insecure, don't be tired, don't be ungrateful and it's not about settling because because nothing is promised. Nobody lives your life but you so don't let others dictate it. Not one little bit. Have fun, be honest with yourself and follow that dream.
Good luck and congratulations class of 2013.