When things are extremely stressful, it's always helpful remembering why you're putting yourself through all these hardships: At the end of the day, you're doing something that you love. "I always remember how dancing makes me feel," says Brittany Pollack. "That is all I need to stay positive and keep going."
Pollack is a soloist, which, according to an article on ThoughtCo., means that she dances solos in productions and oftentimes serves as an understudy to the principal dancer. According to her, it serves no purpose to be mean or standoffish with one another. "Ballerinas are all in the same boat," she says. "We root each other on and support each other as much as possible."
Whereas Segin likes to find a quiet space to calm down nerves and de-stress, Pollack likes to keep her energy up. "I like to listen to music in the dressing room with my girlfriends and dog," she says. "It's the best way to keep me calm and collected before a big performance."
While rejection does come with being a ballet dancer, she believes it is important to focus on yourself to keep going. "Do not compare yourself to others. Every ballerina has her own strengths and weaknesses," she says. "Play to your strengths, recognize your weaknesses, and always keep smiling."
So take movies like Black Swan (one of my favorite films, ICYWW) just for their entertainment value. Rest assured that when you're watching a production of your favorite ballet, the women and men up there dancing are doing what they love with the support of their company.