We got an email from the director this afternoon. Eve did not get a callback. :(
It was a very nice email. After waiting excitedly all day, I showed her the email when it came in and she said, “Oh, that’s sad. I hope Anna got in though!” I found out a little later that Anna did get a callback, as did the friend Eve was rehearsing with last week.
I am having weird feelings about it all. I think it’s disappointment mixed with relief. Maybe some sadness in there. The production schedule is insane and I don’t know that she has the stamina for it. Or that I do. Also, homework becomes a thing in 6th grade and it was a huge thing for brother. I suspect it will be a huge thing for Eve as well. New school, lots of homework, and a heavy production schedule would have made for a rough few months. Amazing, I’m sure, but rough.
I am also fighting the urge to ask her drama teacher if Eve even has any real talent. I think she’s a great actress and has a good voice. Plenty of drama! However, she hasn’t gotten a speaking part in any of the plays she’s been in and her roles have been minimal. I sit at the lunch table with the drama teacher and listen to the conversations about kids with amazing voices, and how well so-and-so did in their leading role, and how great so-and-so will be at this or that. Eve’s name is never mentioned. I emailed the drama teacher this evening to let her know the results, since she was nice enough to give Eve a few pointers earlier in the week, and she responded with: “I spoke to [the director] earlier this afternoon so I already knew.” No, “Oh, so sorry to hear she didn’t get it” or “better luck next time” or “she would have been great, but you know the competition is tough.” Nothing encouraging at all for next time. That said, she’s an amazing lady and it was a quick email, so obviously I shouldn’t read too much into it… but does that mean Eve has no talent?
Then I feel angry because, what the hell!? Even if I did ask and the drama teacher said she has no real talent, what would I do with that information? Tell a just-barely eleven year old to give up on her dreams of acting because she’s not good enough?! At eleven!! Why are we even thinking about whether there’s talent at this age. She’s a child! She crawls in dirt piles and bites her nails and sleeps with a lovey. I don’t care if she has talent. I want her to try it all and be proud of herself. I want her to have the confidence to give it a shot, even when she’s nervous. I don’t want ANYONE to ever tell her she’s not good enough.
So anyway, I’m sitting here with a heavy heart; part relief and part sadness. I guess part anger too. And a stomach ache from trying to heal the heart with food.
At least we got some beautiful photos out of the deal. The bottom one is what we used for her head shot at the audition. My friend Anisha took them. She sent six to chose from. I like these two best. <3