Speak up and sometimes the pieces may just fall into place…
Advocating for myself is not a thing I used to do. Prior to grad school, you could say that I adhered to the “I’m just happy to be here” mentality. I would complete the tasks given to me at work - no questions asked. I would allow others to decide what project, what role they thought best for me. I ascribed unnecessary power to the higher ups, the people who had been around longer. Instead of speaking up, I’d give a quiet nod and keep chugging along.
Here’s the thing. No one knows you better than you. No one knows what you are capable of, what you are worthy of, what your strengths and weaknesses are better than you. Others can think they know what’s best, but - unless they are close family and friends - they don’t. You know what’s best. You are your own best advocate.
For my last year as a graduate acting student, my goal was to work on productions that both equally terrify and excite me. I want to stretch my acting muscles as much as possible before heading out in the real world. So I spoke up. I reached out to the necessary people and told them exactly what I needed to work on this year, and guess what? They listened.
Third year will be a year of firsts. I will be acting in my first British farce, in a role that requires me to be confined to a wheelchair and to speak in an accent (oh boy!). I just found out that I also will be doing my first Shakespeare show! I have so many feelings about this season, but mostly excited for these new, wonderful challenges.
So here’s the thing. Speak up. Advocate for yourself. The worst thing you can hear is no or a not right now, but sometimes, if you’re lucky and if you fight hard enough, the pieces might just fall into place. What will you speak up for? 🎤
(P.S. Stay tuned at @maricruzmenchero for upcoming show information!)