This post is not a criticism of anyone who has worked hard and eventually found it too much. It is just intended to provide a comparison to permit a discussion about motivation.
Former Lost star Emilie De Ravin was on course to become an Olympic gymnast as a child – but the gruelling schedule to maintain her talents became too much to bear.
The Aussie actress won a place in an Olympics training group when she was eight and had dreams of one day representing her country.But she tells WENN, “It was just too much and it wasn’t fun anymore.”
De Ravin became a ballet dancer instead and studied with the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. She adds, “I went there until I was 16 and I was classically trained.” contactmusic.com
I do not think anyone would under-estimate the effort required to train for the Olympics. However, I find it rather strange that one would train as a professional ballet dancer instead and then give up at the age of 16.
Recently there has been a discussion on LinkedIn that is concerned with what is perceived in classical ballet as an increasing concern for athleticism and ballet as sport. However, my goal in writing this post is to question the motivation required to continue with professional ballet as a career and lifestyle. What is that special extra that is required to be a professional dancer?