FAKIN’ IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT?

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.
–Jean Giraudoux

‘I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.’ (Annie Hall)

Are you in The Club?

You know, the one where you’re the envy of all the boys and girls?

A dancer friend of mine has been trying to get into ‘The Club’ for years.  His best friend tells me that he’ll never be in that club–with the best houses to perform in, the best grants, etc.

I know a musician who is not in ‘The Club’ either.
He gets great press.  His contemporaries sell out stadiums.  They respect him.  Fans adore him.

I have an actor friend who ,when he visits LA, he feels the pressure of The Club.
It’s very seductive–at first.
But after about four days he’s ready to-leave-The Club-behind.

These individuals are Artists.  Speaking their truth.

In this era, when it’s okay to lie, where a Yes can just as easily mean No, where you’re only as good as your last film, album, performance,blog post, etc., what’s a person to do?

And, what is ‘The Club‘, anyway?

To some it means SUCCESS.

I was in a club once.

It was a great feeling.

It seemed to have happened by accident.
Or serendipity.  (Those are the best kind of clubs, by the way.)

A group of us formed an in-house dance company in college.  Our own Clubhouse.
We were popular.
We were envied.
We were the darlings of the department.
How did it happen?

WE MADE OUR OWN CLUB.

What does it take  to achieve SUCCESS?

It might be that it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

Hard work?  That counts.

OR,

You can always

MAKE YOUR OWN CLUB.

And strive to be your best self.

And,

F*** the YES/NO SAYERS.

I think Judy Garland said it best.  ‘Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else’.

It’s about Connection.

Like another famous person said:  ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and dine with him and he with me.’

Now, maybe you’ve been knocking on doors with no answer.

You might have to knock on a few more.

And, if nobody answers your call?

Make your own door.

To your OWN house.

To your own CLUB.

YOUR CLUB HOUSE!

Then, pretty soon, people will find their way to your door.

The ones who came to hear you.

See you.

The REAL you.

YOUR Clubmembers.

Your  Tribe.

Just make sure you have something WORTH HEARING.

Make sure it’s REALLY YOU saying it.

Not somebody else.

Say what you mean.

Be authentic.

And, wait for the fans to come knocking on your door.

 

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6 thoughts on “FAKIN’ IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT?

  1. “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”

    Absolutely love this. Great post, Jean.

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