Wednesday, November 3, 2010
PREPARING FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FREESTYLE - AND THEN A WRENCH GOT THROWN IN!
With less than 3 days remaining before the 25th Anniversary of Freestyle Concert appears on the stage of Taj Mahal, I feel great about the whole thing!!! I also feel a little, just a little stress. There was so much to be done: get a showtape done, find out what to wear - outfit, shoes, ,jewelry, rehearse with the band, and prepare fo the BIG surprise I have planned for the audience...I cannot say just yet what it is, because well, it's a surprise isn't it? LOL.
I have had this surprise on my mind for a few years now actually...but because it seemed like such a big task, I shrank away from it whenever it popped into my head. But this time, we're talking about 25 YEARS of FREESTYLE!! For this show, I had to do something different. I know that the fans have seen me perform about 78 times by now, lol, and when you do a show like this, you need to find a way to reinvent the show. What can I do differently that I have never done before? What's the wow factor? No matter what I tried to do my idea for the surprise kept nagging and nagging at me: "Come on JUDY!! Let's do it!!" So, I took a deep breath and met with the executive producer of the show. When I first told him my idea, he kind of smirked. Then he was quiet...Have you ever tried to sell someone an idea? Have you ever had only 5 minutes to convince someone that you're not delirious? The bottom line is: the key is to believe in your vision; believe in it SO hard, that you use all your passion to explain it, and when you're done, your heart is pounding right out of your chest. That's exactly what I did. And then...he said, "Okay, Judy, let's do it...but you will have to do this, that, thensome, and call, and write and get permission, etc...." No problem, I said...and then the work began.
So it took almost 3 weeks to convince EVERYONE involved that my idea was worthy of the stage. There were letters written, phone calls made, proposals put out, texts, lawyers....whew!! And then I was told YES!! And within 3 hours I was told NO...with the producer's help and my experience of having been a legal secretary...we were told YES again!!!
I have been walking on clouds about this idea. This surprise was my Trump card - the thing that would separate this show from any other. I've been so excited, that when I was sharing the news with a friend, he accused me of sounding like I was having an orgasm!!! LMAO...Wow!! So I guess you can see or hear how excited I was about it all!! I was running to Brooklyn today to try on my outfit for Saturday...then I went home to finally rest. And the phone rang"
"Judy, it's Vito and xyz!"
"Hey, how are you guys??"
"There's a problem."
And as I heard the words, my spirit was in disbelief. NO, this cannot be happening!! My Trump card folded right before my eyes....
Now what do I do...???
We all took a deep breath, and tried to come up with plan B...but I don't want Plan B for an A Show. This is when one must practice the art of surrender. Did I do my best? Yes. Did I exhaust all the possibilities? Yes. Do I have any control over the situation? No...So I have no choice than to execute plan B, and surrender to the situation. The more I fight it, the more stressful I will be. So, I put it in God's hands now - that what is meant to be will happen. And I hope with all my heart that it will be good enough...that my voice and my performance will still speak volumes!! God, you think you can intercede here? Please...lol.
I think this blog was actually me venting...lol...hope that is okay too from time to time!!! Thanks for reading!