I was 10 years old, 4’8″, and standing on the stage at the Golden Theatre on Broadway, with a long yellow rope stretching from one side of the stage to the other. I was among 30 little girls auditioning for the sequel of Annie that was coming to Broadway in 1988. The audition was a “cattle call,” which means that newspapers all over the country had advertised it, attracting girls from far and wide to try their luck at becoming the next “Annie.”
I remember that moment clearly. It was the moment when someone else would decide if I was “picked.” It was a thrill, a rush of adrenaline each time I stepped on the stage. But it was also a constant reminder that my worth was being evaluated, judged, and determined by others. Some girls wept as they were asked to go home after not even getting the chance to sing a line. But for me, it was the beginning of a 7-year career in the professional performing arts. I went in and out of many doors, stood on many stages, and in front of many cameras, always waiting for someone to “pick me”. I smiled, danced, sang my heart out, did my hair and makeup, and waited for the verdict, over and over again.
This was decades ago and looking back now, I realized something recently when we got back from the mid-year retreat of the Sensation-Based Motivation Coaching program. This retreat is a special moment for my team and me. The students, who have been studying with us for months, feel like they are home when they meet us in person, they feel they are among their “tribe.” They feel loved, seen, valued, and appreciated.
As I sat in the front of the room with my life and business partner Brian, appreciating my life and the fact that I get to teach some of the world’s most amazing people, I looked at the faces of the students and realized something profound. They were not there because someone chose them; they were there because they picked themselves.
Some of them thought they couldn’t afford the program, but they decided to make the leap anyway.
Some were nervous about coming to the retreat, but they trusted their instincts and came anyway.
They all made a powerful decision to choose themselves.
In a world where we often wait to be chosen, these students picked themselves. And that’s how it works. We all come to a point in our lives when we realize that the quality of our lives is in our own hands, and we need to make a decision to choose ourselves to truly learn how to create our own reality.
I talk to people every day who are considering our programs and trying to decide if it’s right for them. But in the end, it’s their choice. Their life, their future.
The field of somatic coaching is constantly evolving and growing in demand, offering numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth. By enrolling in a somatic coach training program, you will be equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques in the industry, making you a sought-after practitioner. Moreover, you will gain valuable experience in facilitating transformation and growth in others through body-centered approaches. Your clients will benefit from the integration of somatic awareness and coaching, leading to long-lasting, positive change.
Additionally, investing in a somatic coach training program will greatly enhance your personal growth and well-being. You will develop a deeper understanding and connection with your own body, emotions, and thoughts. This knowledge will not only benefit you in your coaching practice but will also spill over into all aspects of your life, leading to greater self-awareness and improved relationships. Moreover, as a somatic coach, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others, leaving a lasting impact and a sense of fulfillment in your career. Enrolling in a somatic coach training program is an investment in yourself and others, a step towards a fulfilling and purposeful career.
Oh, and as for my story, after 10 auditions in NYC, I was offered the role of the understudy to Annie, and that started my career as a professional performer. I wasn’t the best singer, but I was picked anyway. Who would have thought?