There is never any shortage of energy on opening night.
Sometimes things go wrong, sometimes they stray from the plan, but it’s not for the want of trying. Everyone wants to get it right.
As they do for the rest of the run. Indeed as time goes on it becomes easier to get things right. Its not as easy, however, to bring the same energy and enthusiasm, and so a show can be in danger of flagging, especially if it’s a long run.
That’s where a professional comes to the fore. Keeping the level of performance up night after night, show after show.
And you might say it’s only pantomime, it’s a bit of a laugh, it’s not the end of the world if things go wrong. And it’s not.
There are other jobs or roles where what you do can seriously affect someone’s life. You don’t need me to spell them out for you.
But the same mindset is needed. No matter what the job is. Do it consistently well and people will notice. And you’ll notice.