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Quotespiration # 26: Mark Ruffalo

“It’s been mythologised now but it started with about 600 auditions without success…most smart people would have quit when it takes that long.”

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– Mark Ruffalo (Emmy Award winning film and theatre actor; two-time Academy Awards nominee; Golden Globes nominee)

There comes a dreaded time in every creative’s life when fear overshadows hope. I was running away for a long time, unsure of what I was doing, why or if I should continue before I even ever really began. I gave myself excuses, telling myself I was too busy or tired or “not as talented as that other person”. But it’s all bullshit, and I know it. I’ve known it but I haven’t had the balls to face it. I’ve known that I’m scared and lazy, and I know that a change needs to be made.

Long story short, during my time away (one year now to be exact), I pondered every aspect of my life. “Do I miss it?” “Is it worth getting back into?” And the answer is, Yes. The answer is always yes. Even if you don’t believe it right now or lack the inspiration and motivation. Just do it. Just do it and see how it feels. Just do it and let that momentum guide you. And if even doing doesn’t inspire you, then perhaps your passions have changed. And that’s okay, it happens. People grow and evolve.

But if this is still what you want, then don’t let irrational fears overshadow your dreams. Don’t keep telling yourself “tomorrow” because you’ll be repeating that broken record until you’re dead. If you’re a perfectionist and overthink things like me, you’re never going to feel pretty enough, qualified enough, brave enough … but you can sure as hell pretend. At the end of the day, you only have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Even if it’s takes 600 auditions. 600 classes. 600 free jobs. 600 hours, days, months. Be brave, suck it up, take some criticism, brush the dirt off your shoulder and keep going.

Yours Truly,

The Aspiring Actress.

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Hologram Michael Jackson [Billboard Awards 2014]

A holographic Michael Jackson performance of ‘Slave to the Rhythm’, a song he originally recorded in 1991.

Who else cried or teared up watching this?? Judging by the audience members, I wasn’t the only one.

Forget the speculation. Forget the he said, she saids.

Michael was (and is) the King of Pop; an innovator, a dreamer, a true talent. He was and still is an inspiration to many young artists and creative minds around the world. I still remember watching his concert DVDs and music videos as a child with my family, feeling so in awe at the theatricality and how genuine and captivating Michael was as a person, artist and performer.

Although a hologram will never be able to truly encompass what he represented and who Michael was, it brought a little bit of that magic back into our hearts. At least into mine.

I hope it inspires you and lights a fire in your heart, as it did mine.

The Aspiring Actress.

In the Entertainment Industry? It’s You or Them

Really fantastic points. Take your dreams and make them a reality, folks. Take your future into your own hands, regardless of what it is you want to do. From the sciences to the arts. Stop waiting for someone to hand you an opportunity and start creating your own. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and provide jobs for millions of people across the country. Take control of your life.

xx

The Aspiring Actress.

Alisah Creative

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I cannot wait to take the plunge and properly start my business. There are many reasons for this:

  1. I have ambition
  2. I have ideas
  3. I crave success
  4. I want to leave some kind of mark on the world – is ‘legacy’ too strong?
  5. I want my future to be in my hands
  6. I want to do what I enjoy – Working fulltime, that’s eight hours a day and forty hours a week, at least. Why spend that time being an employee in a job I don’t enjoy, when I could be doing something I love?
  7. I have had some bad experiences as an employee and would love to become the amazing boss I never had
  8. I love to create
  9. I want to build a solid foundation that will make enough money to support me and my family
  10. I want to make certain people proud of me – not least, myself!

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Quotespiration # 21: Jennifer Lopez

“Thank you … no one has ever shown me how to dream bigger and aim higher, work harder or love more what I’m doing cause I’m doing it with you. I’m so happy we’re on this journey together. … Lastly, I just wanted to say, all you little ones sitting on the living room floor watching the T.V. right now, just like I used to do when I was back in the Bronx..have faith, dream big, think big and know that anything is possible. You never know where you might end up.”

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– Jennifer Lopez (Acceptance speech for the 2014 Billboard Awards’ Icon Award; the first Latina and first female to ever receive the Billboard Icon Award)

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‘Say Something’ Cover (music video)

Pentatonix’s cover of ‘Say Something’ by A Big Great World featuring Christina Aguilera.

One of my favourite songs at the moment. This is a great cover by a cappella group Pentatonix, who are going on tour in the US and UK soon. I’m always so amazed at other people’s artistic talents and find it so inspiring. Talented group + heartfelt song = megaaaaa inspiration. I hope it makes you feel the same and want to go out there and create something worthwhile and beautiful.

If you don’t already know who Pentatonix are (unlikely), check them out on YouTube!

Lyrics:

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall
I’m still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride
You’re the one that I love
And I’m saying goodbye

Say something, I’m giving up on you
And I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
And anywhere I would’ve followed you (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Say something, I’m giving up on you

Say something, I’m giving up on you
Say something…