Friendly Advice

A year ago, nearly to the day,  I sat across from a new friend. We had just met two days prior. He was a director of movies, and I found that and him fascinating. You see, just a month prior to our meeting, I had had come to the decision that I was going to pursue my one true passion, acting.

He sat there and told me what I hear every time I say that acting is what I want to do, “it’s a hard business.” If it were easy, everyone would do it, isn’t that how the saying goes? He then proceeded to tell me I would have to be willing to make sacrifices, be willing to live in a car for my dream, be willing to work hard, take criticism and not give up till you achieve your goals, then work even harder. These brutally honest pointers were not new to me. I knew this. I willing to do all these things. I was ready.

Here I am a year later. It did take me a while to get the gumption up to actually follow through. New things are scary. Uncertainty is scary. What’s even more scary is how his pointers are exactly my life right now. I sacrificed the life I knew for the one I have. I, for the time being, am living in a car. I work every day at my craft. I talk to people. I network. I am doing something everyday in pursuit of my dream. Is it worth it? Without a doubt, yes.

I am the happiest I have been in a long time. I feel more and more like myself than I ever have. My new friend is now a good friend, and I am not sure he knows how much his words resonated with me. But here I am living the dream.

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