We all have our dreams – where we’d like to go, what we would like to do. Our post today is one man who chose to follow his dream and, with a lot of hard work, is now living it.
Beven Rashad is an Australian Performance Artist who is currently working in the world renowned HOUSE OF DANCING WATER show as the lead role with his skills as an acrobat, aerialist and dancer. He is also one of the most genuine, normal, honest and trust-worthy blokes around and I’m very honoured to call him friend.
When I first met Beven, it was at a Queensland gymnastics, circus and acrobatics club “Super Performance Centre”. Training for, and competing in “Sports Acrobatics” (which is partnered gymnastics featuring 2 minute choreographed routines to music), Bev excelled with his technique and control a
nd quickly grew interested in all things acrobatic. Our training interests overlapped and we regularly trained team performances which also included a third member, Helena Merten who we have also featured on A.I.P previously, and I bring up the personal connection for a specific reason which I’ll get into in a minute. We became good mates and weekends regularly became a mix of training, surfing, coffee and hangouts.
Now there are points in each of lives where we are faced with the opportunities to make life-changing choices. Big, scary ones that turn the world on it’s head. During this time of training, Beven was working a regular job and also as part-time as an instructor at the training facility. His abilities had reached a point where the prospect of going professional was a real possibility. The choice was to drop the security of a steady income and focus on putting in the effort to refine, grow and develop the skills and then apply for positions. I’m sure you can appreciate that this is an incredibly difficult decision.
So here’s why I bring up the personal connection. I’m not going to go into the specific details of the journey Beven went through, but as a friend who was there and witnessed it personally, day by day, I will testify that the man deserves every success. I’d like to detail a couple of key items here that may help briefly outline the structure:
- It took two years from making the choice, to being accepted in the House of Dancing Water.
- Training was a undertaking of 3-4 hours a day, 6 days a week. Try holding a handstand for more than 30 seconds. Grin….3 hours is a LONG time each day.
- This all had to be done whilst working in various other shows and coaching to support the basic living requirements.
There were some amazing successes and fantastic experiences that came out of that time, some of which I’m so very proud to have shared, and there were some incredibly hard times. Beven never let himself believe, or be pushed into doubting that eventual success was anything other than absolute. It is an outstanding example showing that hard-work and dedication is the precursor to achieving whatever it is that you want to put your mind to.
Check out Beven’s Aerial Straps Training Regime!
And below is a search link in Youtube and you can see the top 4 entries are Beven’s showreels each year. You’ll see the skill progression each year – testifying the work put in. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=beven+rashad
As part of the recent China Trip, team A.I.P visited Beven in Macau to see him in the lead role of the House of Dancing Water. Thinking back five years ago to that young man, talking about his latest straps routine drills, sitting on a surfboard as the sun came up, joking about the latest episodes of whatever we were watching at the time – and seeing his dream come alive…is inspiration, pure and simple.
People – dreams are a beautiful and wonderful thing. They are also achievable. Most big dreams require epic amount hard work and sacrifices to be made, which is definitely a scary proposition. But if you want something badly enough, if you are scared that in the future you will look back and wish that had TRIED, then go for it! Set yourself goals, break the challenge down into attackable pieces. Even the greatest dreams are possible.
We (and I) thank Beven very much for letting me share his story (albeit it briefly)….*aside – Bev, there are SO many funny memories running through my head as I write this*. The spray can to the head……grin.