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19th of January

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

When I enter into my thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – I think of the tremendous service consciousness that he had to embrace in order to battle against the odds, and bring society a bit closer to compassion. He made the ultimate sacrifice by putting his life in harms way. Right now, people are stepping outside of their comfort zone and volunteering for the earthquake relief in Haiti. In our very own city, people donate hours of their time and energy to assisting people and organizations that they believe in.

Although I am loathe to compare the civil rights movement and natural disasters to an acting class — what can we learn from these brave individuals who have come before us?

Why not volunteer hours of your week in service to your own talent? In light of the sacrifices that many people make, everyday, how can we sit back and wait for Hollywood to recognize our talents? Why not volunteer hours of your week in service to your talent? Can you treat your talent as a gift from the heavens that is waiting to be recognized? There are many details and dues that aren’t fun to do, yet are necessary to move forward in your chosen career. Whether it’s delving into your sensory memory, keeping your mind/body/spirit in shape, writing a short film to star in or delivering pictures to agents – try treating these efforts as service work to assisting your talent in being of service to our society. If you don’t answer your Spirit’s call, who will?

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6th of January


Tonight, the first night of the winter session (after Christmas break) –an agent and manager are attending my class. Being off for two weeks, I feel like I haven’t gotten my sea legs back yet. I immediately went to: “Why can’t they come next week?” “Why tonight, when not everyone is back from break yet?” “Why me?” Within two beats of a heart, I was able to shift it to – “What a wonderful opportunity for the students to be seen by viable representation!” “What a wonderful gift for me to have another agent know of my work!” “How exciting to start the year off with a bang!” I saw how my opinion of the situation enabled me to go from stress to appreciation, instantaneously. I then thought of how, as actors, when we get that call for an audition we can also go into the… “I don’t have enough time to prepare.”, “This part isn’t right for me.”, “What if I don’t do a good job and my agents find out?”, etc. In that same instant, we can shift it into – “Hooray, I get to act today!” , “What fun it will be to make another fan of a casting director!” or “ I love the challenge of creating something from nothing!”
Our perception is our reality. No one can change that for us. With discipline and mastery over our thoughts, we can change our future. What a powerful realization to bring into 2010.

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