EP 42: Geraldine Metayer (autogenerated)
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[00:01:24] Okay, let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Geraldine . Are you ready for this Geraldine? Beautiful Geraldine has worked in multiple cabarets in Paris, France, including the famous. Lenova Lev. She has also had the pleasure of touring both Europe and North America, various shows, which led her to dancing on cruise ships throughout Scandinavia five years ago, she moved to Las Vegas and has since performed in many shows up and down the strip, including Jubilee 53 X tournament of Kings and fantasy.
[00:02:05] Geraldine. That is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, fill in the gaps, who you are, and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.
[00:02:21] Geraldine Metayer: [00:02:21] Okay. So, I’ve been, as you said, working a little bit everywhere.
[00:02:26]my training, my dance training was in Montreal and, this is where I spent most of my. Time as a young adult. and today in Vegas, had the pleasure of working mainly as a, as a performer. And I’ve been so lucky to always find work in the different shows of the strip. And right now I’m a full time at fantasy.
[00:02:51] Dane Reis: [00:02:51] Ah, fantastic. And let’s move on to the next section here and look G I am a sucker for a good quote. What’s your favorite quote. You’d like to share with our listeners.
[00:03:04] Geraldine Metayer: [00:03:04] So I’m going to sit for me. I don’t know if it’s so much a quote, but the idea that everything in life is temporary and. This has been helpful to me that, you know, this idea that nothing lasts forever.
[00:03:20] And it’s a good thing. If you’re in a bad situation, struggling, you know that it’s not going to last forever. Things change. If you’re having a great time, if you’re experiencing something incredible in your life, remembering that it’s also not going to last forever, I think is very helpful to really appreciate it and make the most of it.
[00:03:42] Dane Reis: [00:03:42] Yeah, I love that. I love putting things into perspective. Cause you know, we think in our brains, I think sometimes that we want to always live those highest highs. We never want to experience the bad times. Right? We want those to be done in quick, but the good times we want them to last and last, but really you can’t really enjoy the highs.
[00:04:03] If you don’t experience the lows and you really need that complete mix, to live a fun and fulfilled life, I think.
[00:04:11] Geraldine Metayer: [00:04:11] Yeah, I agree. And I think it’s, you know, this is how we grow from it as well. really this idea that you’re never stuck, you know, like things constantly evolve and change and, that’s, that’s what life is.
[00:04:24] I think for everybody it’s like that.
[00:04:26] Dane Reis: [00:04:26] Absolutely. Well, let’s move on to this next section and. Gee, of course you are an entertainer. I am an entertainer. And I think you’d agree that this industry is one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally emotional industries in existence. And you know, as well as I, that in order to create and to have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now.
[00:04:53] Takes a lot of dedication and hard work. And while of course there is an outrageous amount of fun and excitement being on stage, performing to those audiences. There are also our fair share of obstacles and challenges and failures that we are going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through.
[00:05:12] So tell us, what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it.
[00:05:22] Geraldine Metayer: [00:05:22] Okay. So I think in my case, the main thing was that I got a knee surgery twice because I torn my ACL and among other things, it was a pretty bad knee injury.
[00:05:34]and the first draft did them survive, unfortunately. So I, I went for surgery. I had to be, out of work for about five months. and to rehab go back to work to. Ended up having the same surgery, something like three months later, I think. And that was definitely the biggest, low, I think in my career because I felt so discouraged and defeated at that time because you really there’s nothing you can do.
[00:06:05] You just need to let the time do its work. eventually the second surgery, I think, was a turning point for me, because at that point I knew exactly how the rehab process had to go. I knew exactly what to do to optimize all my Genesis of recovery. And I. Ended up getting back to work only three months later, when usually it was an ACL replacement that say can take six months to a year to fully heal.
[00:06:35] And my first gig after that actually was Jubilee. So I got my second surgery in Finland. We moved to the States and I got hired immediately in Jubilee. So that was no, that was great. To jump back and get back to it.
[00:06:55] Dane Reis: [00:06:55] Yeah, absolutely. And I can only imagine how scary that would have been to have your knees go out.
[00:07:01] I mean, as a dancer, that’s everything. You know, and it’s so good that you able to get it recovered. Even if it took two times,
[00:07:08] Geraldine Metayer: [00:07:08] I’ve been lucky overall I’m pretty, impressed with the work that was done by the surgeons. And I’m all about science. You know, this is incredible, but we can, you can screw your knee like that and still go back to your career.
[00:07:21] It’s incredible.
[00:07:22] Dane Reis: [00:07:22] Absolutely. Well, let’s move on to the next section to a time that I like to call your spouse. Spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that.
[00:07:45] Geraldine Metayer: [00:07:45] So I think, well, first thing maybe to put things in context, I started my, my dance training when I was 18, which is a little bit later. and for some people I haven’t always danced in my life. and I kind of stumble across dance a bit by accident, decided at 18 that. This is what I wanted to do. And after six months of intensive training, it became very clear to me that, Oh my God, this is it.
[00:08:13] This is, this is what I’m going to do now.
[00:08:15] Dane Reis: [00:08:15] Yeah. Yeah. And I have a traditional, not a traditional, I have a similar experience with my discovery of dancing in the arts. Cause I was, I played sports growing up and it wasn’t until I was 17 and a half. That I discovered dancing and you, it just came a balmy kind of by accident.
[00:08:36] And I went with it and like, you studied really hard, really intensely and was able to make things happen. And I think that’s so important for anyone listening that is aspiring to be an entertainer. Do this professionally, that you don’t have to start when you’re three years old. You know, there’s so much you can do once you’re a bit older and you can choose to do that and you can have a really serious, super successful career.
[00:09:01] Geraldine Metayer: [00:09:01] I agree. It’s it’s like everything, right? If you put your mind to it and you’re ready to put a lot of work and effort and be dedicated, I think everything. Yeah,
[00:09:12] Dane Reis: [00:09:12] absolutely. And I want to piggyback on that question real quick and let’s talk about your number one. Booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs.
[00:09:23] If they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life? And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite book moment?
[00:09:32] Geraldine Metayer: [00:09:32] I think that would be my very first official show gig that I booked and I was still in school in Montreal. I was doing my dance training. It was maybe my third year. So I was 21, 22.
[00:09:47] Yeah. it was for the opera. let’s have Yetta that was played in what’s our. And, you know, a regular big addition, the choreography was mainly new classical and, got a call back. We were maybe only 10 at that point. And then they only kept four girls. And that was first of all incredible project because you know, it was an opera.
[00:10:13] So opera venue with the orchestra, there was something like 40, 50 seniors. it was incredible. But I had to ask time off from, to be able to do this gig. And that was actually the, it was the funny paradox here is that I finally booked a gig that I was training so hard for, you know, to be able to dance professionally.
[00:10:38] But then my school had a huge problem with me living the training for a few weeks, because at that point they still consider you a student and you shouldn’t be working. So. That’s also, I think very representative of what it is to be an artist and how you have to constantly, you know, Navigate between those two things between the training opportunities and then when the real work comes, you also have to just jump on that.
[00:11:06] Dane Reis: [00:11:06] Absolutely. And what was the end result? How did your school handle it?
[00:11:09] Geraldine Metayer: [00:11:09] I think we negotiated something. I was able to do the rehearsal because it was a Montreal before leaving for the show in or tower. And, yeah, I think they were just being cool with me if I’m silly.
[00:11:23] Dane Reis: [00:11:23] Yeah, that’s good. I mean, you’ve got to press it because there definitely is this some mindset, I guess, with the education part of this world and the training part of things that people want you to complete their programs for various reasons, but ultimately you’re doing it so you can book the job.
[00:11:42] And if you book the job. I guess, depending on what you want out of your career and out of life, that’s, it can certainly be challenging whether or not to continue staying in school. Do you take a break from school? Do you pass up the gig? What is it? I mean, it’s definitely a hard decision to make.
[00:11:55] Geraldine Metayer: [00:11:55] Absolutely. And it was, it was a little bit tricky for me at that time, because I am a strong believer, you know, of really intensive training and focusing on that. And eventually the gigs will come later when you’re ready for them. But when some opportunities like this happen, Yeah. You have to make a choice for yourself,
[00:12:15] Dane Reis: [00:12:15] for sure.
[00:12:15] Absolutely. Well, let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And of course we are amidst this crazy time, this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?
[00:12:34] Geraldine Metayer: [00:12:34] So I’ve been lucky enough during this period of time where everybody lose all their jobs.
[00:12:41] So my show closed. the other gigs I did were can, so the, the club I’ve been dancing at for three years also had to close, so lost all my work, but because I’m, also currently studying. I’m doing my undergrad to go in psychology. eventually next year I’ve been very busy with just homework. So for me, this, this time hasn’t been bad, actually I was able to make the most of it.
[00:13:14] I’m not sure how Vegas will recover from this. It’s a really good question.
[00:13:20] Dane Reis: [00:13:20] Yeah, I guess we will find out, but it’s really good that, I mean, you have that time in, I mean, I guess I know you, so I know for a fact that you are busy a lot, you put yourself out there, book your schedule. So I can imagine that in some ways it’s kind of a welcome break to now concentrate on.
[00:13:36] On the school side of things,
[00:13:38] Geraldine Metayer: [00:13:38] he was not bad. I think when the, when the pandemic drama started, it was middle of March and I hadn’t had one day off in something like 12 weeks. So it was welcomed. Yes, for sure.
[00:13:51] Dane Reis: [00:13:51] Sure. Well, let’s move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightning round.
[00:13:58] I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready?
[00:14:08] Geraldine Metayer: [00:14:08] I’m ready. Let’s go.
[00:14:09] Dane Reis: [00:14:09] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?
[00:14:16] Geraldine Metayer: [00:14:16] I think simply because I started so late, I was a little bit afraid of the judgment and, Oh my God.
[00:14:22] Is there even a chance for me to do it? I’m already 18. So just self doubt.
[00:14:26] Dane Reis: [00:14:26] Sure. And the second question, what is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
[00:14:34]Geraldine Metayer: [00:14:34] the technical aspect of dancing is just a very small part of your career and you should definitely not focus too much on that. There’s a lot of other skills you’re going to have to develop as well.
[00:14:46] Dane Reis: [00:14:46] Absolutely. Of course, we all need that foundation of the technique and the skillset for whatever it might be, but singing or dancing or acting, but really. You get hired on so much more than the technical aspect of things. It’s what you bring to the table, your energy, your feeling, your performance ability.
[00:15:06] Geraldine Metayer: [00:15:06] And also just other skills, you know, like, can you work with other people? Are you nice? Are you reliable? Are you functional? can you fix costumes? Are you, you know, can you react, spontaneously to fix a problem? All those little things. Really matter and the technical side of dance, sometimes we conflict and lose it.
[00:15:26] And it’s really not that important at the end of the day.
[00:15:29] Dane Reis: [00:15:29] Yeah, I agree. And the third question, what is something that is working for you right now, or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause.
[00:15:43]Geraldine Metayer: [00:15:43] I think that I’ve always been doing before that whole situation enduring is yoga for me.
[00:15:51] It really it’s my, my buddy and my mind, Aligned. And it’s very beneficial to me. I would really recommend it for everybody.
[00:15:59] Dane Reis: [00:15:59] Love that. And the fourth question, what is the best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, a podcast, maybe a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.
[00:16:14] Geraldine Metayer: [00:16:14] So, you know, with that, I’m not very good. I usually feel for me the best resources have always been simply people going to people that I admire or who are successful, who are mentors. And for me, those are the best shoes I could ever have.
[00:16:32] Dane Reis: [00:16:32] I love that nothing beats, real life experience and learning from that
[00:16:37] Geraldine Metayer: [00:16:37] you’re real people.
[00:16:39] Dane Reis: [00:16:39] All right. And the fifth question. If you had to start your career from scratch, but you still have all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?
[00:16:56] Geraldine Metayer: [00:16:56] Well, I would probably like to start a little bit earlier as I said, but, you know what, I think I might keep things the same because I also believe things happen when they’re meant to happen.
[00:17:08] And I. I had a really good, career. I’m really happy with what I managed to do and where I’ve been and the people I met. Oh my God. It’s everything. Now, the people you met, you know, it’s like a, was your work it’s it’s everything.
[00:17:25] Dane Reis: [00:17:25] Absolutely. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in the industry that you’d like to leave with everyone?
[00:17:37] Geraldine Metayer: [00:17:37] We have to be kinder to ourselves. It’s the, the industry is already competitive enough that you don’t need to constantly compete against yourself. And I think we could all gain by being a little bit more patient with ourselves.
[00:17:55] Dane Reis: [00:17:55] Absolutely. I could not agree more with that. And sometimes I think one of the easiest or worst culprits, rather the easiest things to do in the worst culprits is.
[00:18:05] Instagram or social media and we start, we start playing the comparison game and it’s just, it’s not beneficial to anybody.
[00:18:12] Geraldine Metayer: [00:18:12] It’s not any easy to fall in that rabbit hole, but at the end of the day, it’s also not real. So I think we really need to keep that in mind that this is not a representation of people’s life and just, just focus on yourself.
[00:18:27] Dane Reis: [00:18:27] Absolutely. I love that. And to wrap up this interview, it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?
[00:18:41]Geraldine Metayer: [00:18:41] yeah, so I’m pretty horrible with social media and just have Facebook that I don’t really even use so much, for professional purposes, you’re all gonna find mainly pictures of my dog.
[00:18:51] So if you want to look for me, I’m going to be on Facebook, but that’s pretty much it.
[00:18:58] Dane Reis: [00:18:58] Fantastic. Well, Geraldine, thank you so much for joining me today on this interview. It’s been a pleasure to have you.
[00:19:05] Geraldine Metayer: [00:19:05] Well, you’re so welcome. Thank you.
[00:19:08] Dane Reis: [00:19:08] Thank you so much for joining us today. My one call to action for you is to go to youbookeditpodcast.com and join our free email community.
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[00:19:42] All the best to you. We’ll see you tomorrow.