ASQoD: Persistence

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Today’s the first day of auditions in Houston, and we are at Christ Church Cathedral. We miss being on the 6th floor of the Wortham for sure, but we’re grateful for this beautiful temporary audition space with abundant natural light and lovely people!

This is a bit of a sobering#ASQoD*, but don’t take the first quote at face value…

“Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.”
Calvin Coolidge

Talent is not enough. The world does not owe you anything.

The good news is that success is relative. It is subjective. You need not subscribe to anyone else’s definition of it in order to be happy.

If you keep running into brick walls, the first thing you need to know is that persistence is rarer than talent. And of course, the second thing is that you might want to think about your route so that the brick wall in question isn’t squarely in the middle of it… But that’s a topic for tomorrow.

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Japanese Proverb

*The Audition Season Quote of the Day is a month-long series brought to you by Wolf Trap Opera.

Photography by Doug Pensinger

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