Following Your Dreams

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I have decided to veer off a bit and talk about my acting life. I guess we can also call it entrepreneurship because I am rather in business for myself or by myself. A corporation of one.  I knew from a very early age that acting was what I wanted to do. I was very single minded about it.  Foolishly I wouldn’t even take typing in high school for the fear that I would end up in an office somewhere.  I suppose I thought if I knew how to do nothing else I would stick to my dream.  A little convoluted I know, but luckily it worked out for me.  Truthfully it wasn’t really my lack of alternative skills, it was my drive, my will not take no for an answer.  If I didn’t get a part it was because “they didn’t see what I’ve got” and that is truly what I believed. That fire and drive helped me to land various guest star spots on night time series, movies of the week, features, plays and eventually 24 years on daytime TV.  It has been a pretty good run so far.  I feel one of the crowning benefits is I have provided health insurance for my family all these years.  I am very proud of that.

I have been asked if I would ever retire. I say from what?  Even when there have been lulls of unemployment, I remain optimistic.  I know that things can turn on a dime.  I look for things that might further my growth as an actor, even if there is little or no pay…to keep my chops up.

Just yesterday I learned I got a part in a play in Hollywood.  I am very excited about it.  Even the audition was exciting.  Doing theatre is certainly a sacrifice for your family.  In this case it is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights which interferes with my date nights with my husband.  He works hard at his job during the week and really likes to spend time with me on Friday and Saturdays.  I knew going into the audition that this might be a problem but I pushed forward, putting my trepidation aside for my allotted time.  I think that expression “the show must go on” is true in all of our work life.  Our personal problems, issues, and distractions must be put aside in order to push forward professionally. After the call back for the play, I sat down with my husband and had a “personal growth” conversation.  I mentioned a few Hollywood restaurants we could meet at after the show if I got the part.  I gave him the script to read and involved him in the process.  I think he liked that.  When I actually got the call that I had gotten the part, he said “congratulations, good job.” And I knew he really meant it.

I guess my real point is, keep following your dreams. Side step the obstacles. People endlessly told me acting was a profession you really couldn’t count on and my chances of ever making a living were slim. I never listened. As I said, I was single minded with fire and determination.  I need to remind myself to be that way from time to time, but it makes all the difference in the world!