Well Hello everyone….
I want to tell you all about my “encouraging” or “not so encouraging” conversation from Whoopi Goldberg during my recent visit to the The View. I wrestled with whether or not I should blog about this incident. But in any event here it is….
So, today (April 2, 2012) I was an audience participant in a showing of The View. Now you all know that while I was there, I was just being myself. If you know me you know what that entails… Tee hee :). If you don’t know me, well, that just means I was just being my bright and bubbly self :-).
So, on with the visit!
It was very cold in New York at 8 a.m. this morning outside of the ABC studios. After waiting outside in the cold for an hour, we finally were able to come inside and stand in the lobby for another hour and a half, with allowance to use the lady’s room–of course. I’m not saying, but I’m just saying — I’ve been to other shows and we sat in chairs before we actually went into the studio. Just sayin…. But while in the lobby I was able to meet a few people, crack a few jokes and make a few folk laugh so we had a lovely time in the lobby “behind the velvet rope” standing! (Again….I’m just saying!) We finally got into the studio, WOOHOO! There was a dance line and of course I’m picked to go down and dance among five other people. Was there even a doubt that I would be one of the chosen few? No! Tee Hee. They didn’t expect me to be able to move so fast but my feet were moving and I was cutting up getting my salsa on!!! Bam!!!
The show finally started and Tom –the in-show comedian– announced that we can ask questions during commercial breaks. Question time! I was the first one to ask a question. My question was for Whoopi but she wasn’t paying attention so I called her name on the microphone and she turned around extremely annoyed – the audience laughed. She said, “Well I’m sorry I’m trying to do a live show.” I said, “They asked if we had questions and my question is for you.” She said (Annoyed), “What’s your question?” My question was, “Are you Casting for Sister Act?” And she answered, saying, “We have already casted for the show and in fact we just casted Raven Symone”. So I said “Oh, ok.” Then Joy asks me, “Can I sing?” I said, “Yes!” Joy asked me to sing and Whoopi cut me off. Whoopi and I then proceeded in a conversation that went like this:
Whoopi: (After cutting me off) Well here’s the thing (Annoyed)
Me: Joy asked me if I could sing and I sang …….
The Audience cheered…
Whoopi: Well I’m gonna kick Joy’s A** for asking you. The thing that you have to remember is if you are cast for a Broadway show like this, you must have stamina and training and be able to do 8 shows a week. But I will say this you can view the castings and apply.
Me: I’m up for the challenge I think I can.
Whoopi: You say you are but most people aren’t until they are in it. (In a very discouraging tone)
Here are my thoughts on the entire ordeal:
Whoopi said we just cast Raven Symone in a way that was like, “Yeah….it’s Raven Symone,” not just some woman in the audience trying to get an acting job. She then explained how strenuous it would be on the show as if I were not up for the challenge. I don’t know how you are feeling about reading this thus far but I can tell you that I felt a little insulted and that Whoopi’s comments were meant to have me discouraged. No current actor or singer knows what’s ahead of them until they get there, but at least they are apt enough to try!
The intent by Whoopi to discourage me was appalling! Days before I went to the show I was very extremely excited to be able to meet Whoopi! Now I am a bit indifferent and my experience with Whoopi was hurtful! I don’t want to say hurtful because I don’t want to seem defeated because defeated I am NOT! However I am hurt that Whoopi would try to discourage me from doing something that I love and aspire to achieve. From one entertainer to another I was sure that she of all people would understand and relate. Everyone who has gone on to become great started in a situation much like being in the audience of a show like The View asking a simple question, “Are you casting?”
To those of you who don’t know that I am an amateur singer, entertainer and motivational speaker, below you can find some of my work and I hope you will continue to keep me ENCOURAGED! My pastor preached this word in Revival last week “Why you picking on me? John 12: 9-11 He preached on how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and how after he was raised there was a plot to kill Jesus and Lazarus again. One of the lines in the sermon was “Your HATERS plots and schemes only MAGNIFY God’s PROMISE!” I’m destined for greatness and I’m not going to let anybody stand in my way!!!!! Ask and you shall receive. Knock and the door will be opened! A closed mouth doesn’t get fed! And the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
If anyone else finds themselves in a situation like this, don’t be defeated but use this as an example and overcome anyone’s expectations or thoughts of you and do your best to DO YOUR BEST!
Thank you to my Aunty Angela Robinson for affording me the opportunity to attend today’s live show and thank you Joy Behar, Barbara Walters and Elizabeth Hasselback for saying that I have a wonderful voice. I thank you all for your encouraging words that outweighed the negative. 🙂 Just like I told Dr. Phil STAY WITH ME I’M ON MY WAY SOMEWHERE! AMEN SOMBODY!
Whoopi if this was not the intent please feel free to clear it up and talk to me. I look forward to hearing from you. Rhenotha@yahoo.com
I was at a Jennifer Hudson concert and after a crowd participation song she picked me out of the audience to sing with her!!!! Click link below to see it.
Here is what Whoopi Said…