Now that I am back home I am able to recount the experience that was working as an entertainer – an experience that greatly surpasses anything I thought I’d ever experience; it was so different: so tiring, but so rewarding.
What I feel it means to be an entertainer:
#1 – Being exhausted all the time
So many people have in some shape or form claimed that we do nothing when we in fact work 12-14 hour days and most of our breaks go toward rehearsing for dance shows and prepping things for other types evening shows. That is the hardest part; the past few days my body has literally felt like it’s wanted to crumble. I would walk up stairs and my legs would literally cramp up, I’d have a hard time eating because my stomach just wouldn’t want to ingest anything and the room would spin, yet once I had a brief break to try to use for napping my mind would literally not want to relax. Today on my day off I slept so many hours, but I am still tired…
But let me tell you a secret: It’s worth it.
#2 – Making people smile
That is my favorite part. We are already complete fools by nature (one reason I love my team so much), but our job brings it out of us even more than we thought possible. Dancing around the pool and right in front of people, trying to drag them up out of their chairs, performing comedy sketches on stage and adding a few random ingredients of our own right there on the spot, putting on clown outfits during mini disco and grabbing little kids by the hands and swinging their arms around, and going up on stage after shows and bouncing around with guests with no care in the world as to what we look like… In the beginning I was worried about how I looked and thought, “These people must think I’m insane!” but then I would look out into the audience and see so many smiles and instantly think, “This is what I live for.”
#3 – Giving kids self-esteem
A few times throughout the season, parents came up to us claiming that their kids were so shy when they first arrived at the hotel and that they’d never picture them coming up on stage in front of everyone let alone even come up to us and talk, but that a few days later they suddenly came out of their shell for the first time in their life and seemed much more confident… I love love love that!
#4 – Meeting amazing and inspiring people we would’ve never met otherwise
I met so many fun and inspiring individuals during my stay in Ibiza who sometimes recounted their experiences and gave me advice that I otherwise could have only learned through experience.
#5 – Foreign languages
Like my coworker Charley said halfway through the season: “I can’t think of the last time we didn’t use 3 languages within the same 5 minutes. Even if we aren’t great at some of the languages, we at least try.” We used Spanish as much as we used English and then there was of course Italian, German, Polish, Danish to name a few, and oh I was clueless, but there is no better way to practice than to get thrown right into it. Of course I also had a fangirl moment every time a Swedish family would visit and I was able to use my Swedish – a language I speak fluently, but barely got to use during my many years in the States where Swedish nearly seems like a fairy tale language.
#6 – Learning
From foreign words and figures of speech to life lessons, this has been the greatest experience of my life, like any challenge can be if we open ourselves up to the opportunity and are willing to step outside of our comfort zone.
There are so many more points to add, but I found this post in my drafts from back in 2015 and had to make it public. If you want to change your life and light the spark that will ignite an inextinguishable fire within, never hesitate to step outside of your comfort zone. Many doors exist that are only designated to open when we put ourselves out there, despite fear and despite that invisible rope that tries to yank us back to what is familiar and comfortable.