“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”
– Jane Fonda (receiver of the 42nd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award)
This post isn’t really about anything in particular, except to say THANK YOU!
I started this blog just under a month ago (though I apologize for the lack of consistency with posts!) and I’ve officially hit 50 followers. Not a bad start, I think! I don’t know where you guys are in your lives, what your dreams are or how you happened to stumble upon this blog or which entry you happened to stumble upon, but thank you for doing so and deciding to follow my journey- whether you’re only here for the inspirational quotes (I like those too) or are actually interested in what I have to say.
You are all super cool. That is all. I hope you’re all following your bliss, no matter what that may be and whether or not it’s even career-related, and continue to actively seek things that keep you inspired every day. I wish you every bit of success and happiness.
Let’s do dis, guys. Life ain’t got nothin’ on us.
(LOTS OF LOVE- duh)
The Aspiring Actress.
“If I never had to see the inside of a gym again, I’d be a very happy person. Even the idea of it, I hate. There’s people who love it and it’s just their thing. I can do it, and I can do it for my job because I’m really lucky to get this job and have a job so I will do it. But it’s not my first choice of morning activity.”- Reese Witherspoon
Every person in the entertainment industry, or really any industry that is somewhat based on how you present yourself, has felt it: The pressure to look your best…and a huge part of that pertains to your figure. Not only do you feel like you ‘have’ to adhere to certain standards of beauty, but it can actually hinder your success if you don’t. For some, that may be motivation enough. For others, like me, you have to be dragged kicking and screaming.
Don’t get me wrong, I love working out. Especially when I’ve reached the end of the work out. You feel fantastic right afterwards and the long term benefits are endless. You feel confident, there’s a glow to your skin, you feel healthy and more inclined to make good choices, the clothes you like look better on you, you have more energy, you feel strong, you live longer. But it never makes putting on those running shoes any easier when I’d much rather be laying on the couch eating spaghetti.
So for those of you who need a little extra motivation…I feel your pain. I really do. What works for me is having a partner in crime. Someone to suffer through it with, or at least complain to afterwards. It’s frustrating when you see all these Hollywood celebrities with their fantastic bodies or even people you know in your life who just look great with seemingly zero effort. Well the truth is, that is probably the biggest lie!
Suuuure, there are the freaks who just looooooove to exercise (and the genetically blessed few who don’t even need to- cuuuurse them). I’m not one of them. So I’ve decided I’m going to post entries of motivating “fitspiration” quotes by the stars themselves, from the fitness-loving freaks of inspiration (I’m looking at you, Jessica Biel) to those who prove they are only human like the rest of us and that all it really comes down to is hard work and discipline. I will also be posting work outs, fitness and health tips from yours truly when I can.
I am on the same journey as you are, people. It’s a daily struggle for me and I feel your pain.
SO LET’S GET OUR ASSES TO THE GYM!!! (or take classes at that dance studio, go for a hike, hit the pavement, swim, hot yoga, Pilates, raves, join a recreational sports team etc etc.)
Achieve your fitness goals. Aspire to finally fit into that skin-tight LBD you’ve been eyeing up, that you keep telling yourself, “One day…”.
And to quote Nike…
Yesterday you said tomorrow.
I’ll be with you every step of the way. Tears, bruises, sore muscles and all.
The Aspiring Actress.
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.
The Aspiring Actress.
I cannot wait to take the plunge and properly start my business. There are many reasons for this:
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“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.”
– Jennifer Lopez (Acceptance speech for the 2014 Billboard Awards’ Icon Award; the first Latina and first female to ever receive the Billboard Icon Award)
I had an indie audition today that I was going to bail on because I’ve been rather ill for the past few days. I woke up, contemplated going, printed off and went over my sides, then decided fuck it and sent off an email asking to reschedule. But with auditions coming to a slow as of late, I got this nagging feeling I just couldn’t shake. I knew I’d kick myself once I felt better for not going. So I said EFF IT again, popped a bunch of Advil and decided to suck it up.
So I went. Luckily I knew the CDs on this project, which is always nice when you have that established rapport. Though, of course, it doesn’t really help me feel any less nervous!! Nerves are good for you though. Assuming you retain control over your voice and trembling, that is. Sometimes your grasp of the English language just miraculously disappears in the audition room..
Anyways, I was determined to go in and do my best. Then at least I could leave knowing I TRIED and have no regrets over my performance. Sometimes when you think something’s gone terribly, it turns out they loved it! I firmly believe in the quote that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
I don’t know if I killed the audition, or did mediocrely. I don’t know if they liked me or not, or if they were just being nice cause they kind of know me. Or if I even interpreted the character how they had envisioned. But I do know that if I’m not right for this character, then hopefully I’ll be right for a different/new character they might write in the future in this or another project.
There will always be more opportunities. Never forget that. No matter how off you are feeling, whether or not you really connect with this character or not. Do your absolute best, make no excuses and leave it all in the room.
And no, I did NOT drink any
coffee, thanks for asking :).
That is all.
Ciao, bellas..& fingers crossed!!
The Aspiring Actress.
P.S. Ryan Gosling believes in you.
P.P.S. If you’re sick to the point where you can barely speak or think, or are puking…best you stay home. Your agent will understand, and everyone in the room will thank you for it. Don’t be a hero!!
“None of my friends took me seriously. I came home and announced, ‘I’m going to move to New York,’ and they were like ‘OK.’ Then when I did, they kept waiting for me to fail and come back. But I knew I wouldn’t. I was like, ‘I’ll show you.'”
– Jennifer Lawrence (Award-winning Actress; holds record for youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award three times)
“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”
– George Burns (Award-winning Actor; one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned Vaudeville, film, radio and television)
I know it’s not easy when you have to worry about bills, rent, mortgages, food on the table, tuition or class fees and societal expectations on top of all that but I truly believe with the right balance and determination, you CAN find a job you enjoy that provides you with all that and be able to support your dreams financially as well. Sleep is for the weak anyway…(says the girl who was a hibernating bear in her previous life) :).
Ask yourself this, “How much do I really want this?” and “Can I live a full, happy life if I don’t have it or stop pursuing my dream?” If you can live a fulfilled life without it or through other things, then by all means. At the end of the day you are the one who has to live with your decisions, so do what you can within your means and do what makes you happy.