Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Achieving a Goal.

I've been acting in one form or other since the age of ten, and looking back, I cannot fathom why I didn't pursue it more seriously when I was younger. Some may say fear of failure. Others who know me a little better may say fear of success. A skewy brain, the heavily-implanted (and baseless) notion that such pursuits are futile...whatever the reason, there's no doubting that I am, in many ways, a late bloomer, with yet more blooming to come. I give thanks to all those who believed in, nurtured, supported and loved me through everything. Doing what you love with people you love is the 'award'. One need no further approbation. (Which is just as well, hehe.)

In 2006, after coming back from a few very low years, I decided to set a goal: appear in a main stage professional play. Since that time, I've been in more than a dozen plays, a couple of musicals and a handful of short films (oh, and one feature). I've toured the eastern seaboard (and beyond) and met some of the most amazingly generous and talented humans. The road has been rocky at times, but in comparison to the six years that preceded it, it's been, overall, joyous. Tonight, I will appear in a main stage professional play.
Goal achieved.

I know what it's like to, in the words of Richard Richard, 'reach my bottom'. I know what it's like to be seconds away from not being here anymore. I know what it's like to feel utterly crestfallen. And it's because I know what it's like that I can say:

Keep going.