The rivalry that doesn’t exist

By Brian Duskey

April 23, 2012

As a proud Theatre & Cinema student, I constantly have to hear about this “Theatre and Music student rivalry.” Let me say one thing about this: shut up. This rivalry? It’s bullshit. It doesn’t exist. Any more talking about it is just fuel to a fire that isn’t even flammable. The biggest example of this so-called “rivalry” was the casting of “Little Shop of Horrors.” A lot of Theatre majors were irritated by the fact that there were so many Music majors casted in the show. First of all: there are 5 Theatre students in the show and 4 Music students. We have the majority. Second of all, it’s a musical. There is singing. So the performers who are trained in vocals are going to have some advantage. And lastly: you’re going to be bitter towards a production because you didn’t get a part? How professional of you. This is how the real world works. You do not always get a part. You move on. One of my professors, and somewhat of a role model to me, once told me (in a nutshell) that you just have to forget about your audition. If you get the part: great! If not: who’s next? And when someone asks you how your audition went, you say, “What audition?” Let me tell you a personal story. I’m an actor. I love being an actor. And a year ago, I had no roles to my plate. When I would tell fellow students or my professors that I was here to learn acting, they would be in surprise. They didn’t take me seriously. I was bitter about this. You know what I did? For the next audition, I studied my ass off and put together the most intense and exhausting audition I could possibly do. I had something to prove. I wanted everyone to know who I was and what I was capable of. I auditioned with a purpose. This was my Romeo & Juliet audition. If you didn’t see the production, I got one of the most desired parts in the show. And I had close friends who were jealous of me. Mad at me, even. I still worked my ass off to get it right and I did. This whole experience changed my life. It didn’t just make me a better actor, but a better person. Not getting a role should motivate you. Inspire you to be better, but in a healthy way. Not in a destructive way. These words I use may not please you. These words might blow like a pipe bomb. In fact: I hope they do. This needs to be heard. We need to realize that it doesn’t matter what our major is. We are all here to put on an amazing production. Hating each other will not accomplish that. Hating each other will accomplish nothing.

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