Thursday, February 11th, 2010
I saw a T-shirt the other day that said “Do something that scares you every day.” That really struck a chord with me and I thought of it for several hours afterwards and I guess days if I am writing about it today. For a lot of us, staying in a comfort zone, not doing anything too risky always sounds like the logical thing to do. I mean why be uncomfortable?
Most of you reading this probably already push the envelope all the time, challenging yourselves with new ideas and companies that have sprung up from your innovation. But there are countless people who would rather stay comfortable, who are scared to try something new, afraid to fail. As I get older I see how life is a series of events and sections, always changing, always evolving. Sometimes feeling like completely different lives. Some years go better than others, but I believe if you keep re-inventing, keep trying something new, challenging yourself (even if it is scary), great change comes from it. At least try. Give your all.
I consider myself a hustler…I am always looking for the next project, whether it’s my pies, my garden, my home, or my acting life. I believe that it is up to me to make things happen. Sure I can fall flat on my face and have, but it’s not for lack of trying to make something happen! Such is this play I am working on (barbraswedding.com). I have done theatre before but it’s only about every 5-7 years. It’s a big commitment and I am always afraid I won’t be any good in the part. Not to mention it is a genre that I don’t do often and it is a completely different style than television. I wanted to do this for my personal growth and growth as an actor (hopefully). Sometimes, for all of us, our personal growth needs to be the ONLY reason we do something because we can never stop growing and developing! It keeps us interested and INTERESTING. I certainly come home from practice with excitement and stories to share with my husband and family. We open tonight after six weeks of rehearsal and I think we are ready. I have a couple clips for you to see the rehearsal process and I will tape part of the real performance and show you later.
Let’s keep challenging ourselves and do something that scares us (at least a little) every day!