I have the ultimate respect for anyone who joins an arts class – be it dancing, singing, acting or some other form of the creative arts – as it’s rather surprising, and sad in a way, the number of people who lack the courage to do something different and exciting because they are hobbled by the fear of failure.
It can be frustrating when contacting some people regarding joining classes when you can hear on the phone that they are really keen to do something interesting but are held back by an irrational fear. Be it the fear of failure, the fear of making a fool of themselves, or the fear of meeting new people.
The only way to overcome fear is to face it head on. This takes a certain amount of courage. Something that some people unfortunately lack.
Contrary to the expectations of some new students, who may understandably be nervous, within 15 to 20 minutes of joining a class they are having the time of their lives and can’t believe how their worst fears were completely unfounded. Their fear, although real, was groundless.
Once new students reach this stage early in their first class they are then ready to pick up some new and vital skills, meet some friendly new people and, most importantly, have a lot of fun in the process.
After all, you don’t want to be one of those poor souls laying on their death bed going… “I wish I’d learned to play guitar, I wish I’d joined that acting class, or that dance class, or that singing class.”
Now that is a position you certainly do not want to find yourself in.
Do not let fear ruin your prospects in life.