“I was told my whole childhood and through my teen years that I would never make it as a professional dancer. I’ve been with a company for the last four years. I’m low ranking and I don’t get the most amazing parts but I honestly don’t care all I want to do is dance every day, that’s enough for me. However, my family is constantly asking why I don’t get better parts and why I’m not getting paid more.
They don’t understand that I’m happy where I am and them saying that makes me feel bad about myself instead of ecstatic and grateful every time I think about how lucky I am to be doing what I love every day. I don’t know how to tell them how I feel without them taking it the wrong way since none of them are dancers and I don’t think they understand how I feel at all.”