In my post called “What a Difference a Year Makes” I referenced six things that summed up my last crazy yet amazing year. “Dreams can come true- I mean it” is the first of series.
It truly is amazing, how much can change in a single year. We can hope that it all nets out to be positive or we can actually take action and make thing happen. I actually started the year letting things happen. I was going along day to day as if on auto pilot – not loving my job, feeling stuck and not knowing how to move on. I mean, let’s face it, with kids, bills and responsibilities, many of us are taught to do what you have to do even if it may suck! Right?
I decided it was time to put my mind to action and think positively. I read every book I could find about positive thinking, recited every mantra and most importantly, I believed things would change. And change they did. Within a couple months, I lost my job which most may think is awful but it was a blessing! At the same time my husband secured a new job with benefits that kicked in almost to the day of losing mine. Phewwww! I decided this was my chance to do what I wanted to do all my life – to be an actress.
Since I was 3 years old, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I took acting lessons as a kid and in college but I was taught to always take the safe bet and that going to school and getting a “good paying” job was more important. (More important to who?!) So I did just that. I received a BS in Finance and then an MBA in Marketing. I did make good money but guess what? I was not remotely happy. The acting bug always reared its ugly head but I usually had an excuse to push it back down – money, kids etc.
But when I got laid off last year, I knew I ran out of excuses and regardless of how old I was, I was going to do this! And I did. I got head shots done, enrolled in acting classes and started to put myself out there. It has been a fantastic ride. I have been on television, in films, a commercial, print and continue to book jobs. While I am still working my way through it all, I can say that I am 100% comfortable on camera and actually have been very fortunate to date. “Am I a huge Hollywood star”, you ask? Not YET. Stay tuned.
I continue to practice positive thinking everyday and I can tell you that it truly works for me. I am happy. I have accomplished a lot and I continue to make goals and achieve them. I can also tell you that I will NEVER work in corporate America again. I tell my kids all the time, that I demand one thing: That they go to school for something they love and that they can have anything they put their mind to. If you love what you do, the money WILL come.
If you have a dream not matter how big, it can be a reality. Don’t give up on it.
Dream it, believe it and go for it. Why not?