The importance of authenticity 

Well, hello there!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I decided that I needed to get back to making blog posts. I lost my motivation for a while (mostly due to a very busy schedule), but I’ve been feeling like I need to write lately, and writing a post seems like the perfect solution.

Now that summer is almost over, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to have had such an amazing and transformative couple of months. I had the pleasure of interning at the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Production Stage Manage two shows at HERE Arts Center, and assistant teach high school students in an acting class at NYU. All three jobs are very different, but they’ve all taught me one important piece of advice that applies to work, theater, and life in general.

Be authentic.

It doesn’t matter what you do or what people you come across; give yourself the gift of being your authentic self. Being one hundred percent you.

I know as much as the next person how hard this is. “Being authentic” is a lot easier said than done in this day and age. With social media and the way we view those in our society, it’s all too easy to get swept up in how other people perceive you, and lose sight of how you perceive you. As a young soon-to-be college graduate always looking for a job, it’s tempting to throw away your value system and your personality to fit in with a company that may not be the best fit for you, but will give you enough dough to keep the roof over your head.

I was fortunate enough to work in an office that not only celebrates individuality and personality in their staff members, but encourages it. When I first began, I was constantly being told to just be myself and let my personality shine through. As an intern, my original thinking was that I was just a faceless, nameless, voiceless helper to my boss and anyone who needed assistance. What opinions? What feedback? Luckily, my boss was able to convince me that I could get my work done while also being myself, and it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Work is fun, work is exciting, work is me. No need for corporate cog Ellie to come out – normal, actress/singer/dancer/writer/stage manager/teacher will do just fine. What a gift to be able to learn what to do at a desk job while also adding in my own personality and special flair!

“If you’re your authentic self, you have no competition.” -Anonymous

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