No one considers it gossip, because it’s a fact.
People talk about it freely, because this dancer has got the funkiest breath on the planet.
He may have a medical issue. I don’t know.
I do, however, know that he and other dancers get passed over for work because of the weird, little, annoying things we do that cause people not to want to work with us.
A lot of these things can be controlled.
Regardless of the industry, work situation, or whatever, it’s important to balance yourself, lest you be fired, ostracized, outcast, uninvited, blacklisted, frowned upon, or passed-over.
Here’s a quick list of annoying things dancers do to lose jobs:
1. Close talker. Back up, my hearing’s perfect.
2. Full of Drama. “You’ll never guess what happened to me on the way here.” Leading with a problem sets a negative tone and asks others to commiserate with you.
3. Sickly. When asked, “how ya doing,” you start in with the details and use words like puking, fungus, puss, bunion, corn, oozing, etc. We don’t need details.
4. Complainer. Constant complaining drains the energy of the group. Find something to celebrate, and accentuate the positive.
5. Unreliable. Cancel last-minute and without offering backup. Life happens. Just make sure when you call in your sick card, you’re really sick.
People talk, and word gets around if you’re actually working another job, because it was a better offer.
6. Gossiper. Two can keep a secret if one of them is d _ _ d.
7. Attention Whore. Look at me. What do you think about me? How am I doing? Does my butt look big in this?
8. Moody and Unpredictable. Your bad mood impacts the group and sucks up too much energy.
We have to work hard to be around you. Fix your face.
9. Drink or Drugs. Stay in control or stay home.
10. Insecure Energy Drainer. Constantly needing to be uplifted so you can feel better about yourself makes us all feel worse.
11. Frustratingly Tardy. Consistent lateness is selfish.
12. Poor Timing. Two minutes before showtime is not the time to ask questions unrelated to the performance. Wait until later.
13. Unsavory Dining Habits. Finger licking, full-mouth talking, or lip smacking puts you on the fast track to being uninvited.
14. Inconsiderate, Selfish or Cheap. There’s nothing wrong with frugality. But running off to Starbucks and never offering to bring back something to those standing right in front of you is inconsiderate.
Be aware. Balance is key.
15. Know it all. Watch, listen and learn.
I’ve seen people lose jobs and get passed-over for work, because of subtle, inappropriate behavior.
Self assess to gauge how you’re doing. If you’re not sure, ask a friend for their input.
What you do off the dance floor is equally as important as what happens on.
Basic social skills, when compromised can make people not care about how amazing you are on the dance floor.
We all have quirks or weird things we may do, the trick is to minimize them while working in professional settings.
Assess. Adjust. Adapt.