contributed by: Shannon Oleen

2013 NFL Auditions around the Corner

It’s that time of year again.  No, I don’t mean the start of March Madness.  I mean the start of a new year of NFL professional cheerleading!  Right now, thousands of women all across the U.S. are preparing for NFL Cheerleader Auditions.  Dance classes are in full effect.  Outfits are being rhinestoned.  What an exciting time of year!  

As a Motivational Speaker and a Director for Going Pro Entertainment, year after year I get the opportunity to work with several women to get closer to their dreams of cheering professionally. 

And each audition season the number one question I get is, “Where do I start?”

I think back to that time in my life and remember that giddy feeling.  That feeling of, wanting to be a part of the NFL more than anything and working very hard to get there.  I knew what a privilege it was to stand on the sideline on any given Sunday.  But, I also remember all of the life lessons it taught me.

Becoming, and being, an NFL cheerleader was more than a dream come true, it taught me about the work ethic needed to pursue that dream.  The belief that you can actually accomplish it.  The will to not give up.  And then once you make the team, the time management skills necessary to juggle a full-time job (or school) while participating in a full-time hobby (let’s admit it ladies, we didn’t get paid enough to really call it a job).

At the end of the day and through the process, we gain many skills we wouldn’t have otherwise had.  We are stronger for pushing ourselves past our thresholds. We are valuable women in our relationships, our day jobs and how we give back to our communities because of the opportunity to cheer professionally.  I would argue to say that RG3 never stayed up until 1am working on his uniform, and then up again at 6am for hair and makeup, running to appearances with a smile, trying to make a difference in people’s lives, and then running back to do intense cardio on the sidelines for four hours in heels. 

Being an NFL cheerleader isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.  So, when girls ask me, “where do I start?” I respond by saying, “Go back to the basics”.  Remember what hard work means, be willing to never give up, manage your time wisely, and without a doubt, remember to live each day to its fullest and never walk away from anyone without flashing your gorgeous smile.  All my best to the amazing women all across the country who are preparing for auditions right now.  2013 will be another remarkable year in the world of professional cheerleading. 

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Shannon Oleen is widely recognized as a leading authority in finding passion, creating positive change and reaching personal goals. A former NFL Cheerleader, Pryor Leadership Fellow, and 4-H State Council Alumna, she has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. The Kansas City native relates how hard work, the right attitude and passion really will lead you to achieving your dreams.  Shannon’s enthusiasm combined with her inspirational message is a compelling call to action for people who are ready to conquer their dreams, too.  

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Comment by Michele Mickey Crawford-Carnegie on March 21, 2013 at 6:12pm

Great post!  Being an NFL cheerleader definitely helped me learn better time management skills.  It was an honor to have that experience.

Comment by Bonnie Gardner Drumm on March 18, 2013 at 9:26pm

Awesome! Great words of wisdome!

Comment by Flavia Berys on March 18, 2013 at 8:21pm

Awesome inspiration, Shannon! I have been getting more and more emails asking the same question... where to start? I agree with your viewpoint 100%! Back to basics is great advice.


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