Are you going to be sad if you don’t get to perform in the Olympic ceremony?
..is the question my 12 year old tutoring student has asked me every week ever since I did my two auditions to be a performer in the London Olympic 2012 Opening and Closing ceremonies way back in February 2012.
After an agonising wait, made even more agonising by the fact that I was initially supposed to hear back about my result 3 weeks after the audition, but eventually heard back more than 11 weeks later. As the performance and rehearsals would be a serious commitment requiring me to take free time off from tutoring (most of which happens in evenings and weekends), I was anxious about this result and couldn’t commit to potential tutoring jobs. This was causing me a real nightmare in planning tutoring jobs including that all too busy Easter period. But as I never heard back, I had to plan assuming I hadn’t got the place.
But now I am really relieved and I can move forward and plan the rest of my summer.
So, how do I answer the question my student asks every week? Well, yes of course I am sad not to be in the opening ceremony. I was so enthusiastic about it and told everyone I knew that I had a shot at performing in the Olympics. And now I am a bit embarrassed to be totally honest! I haven’t told most people about it yet.
It’s not all bad news though, for starters I have actually been offered a slot in the London Paralympics 2012 Opening Ceremony instead, which is still a mighty fine thing to do. But right now in my hearts of heart I am not sure if I want to take this up given the commitment it needs and how much it will cost me in terms of lost work.
Also, my brother who applied to be in the Opening Ceremony with me actually has the place! And at least one person in our family can truly say they were in the Olympics.
I am happy with this and also now I need to find out another way of getting involved in the Olympics. I have to right? Please put down your ideas here.