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Thursday, July 10, 2008

It Feels Good To Be Back

Howdy, folks! It is great to be back. Let me start by saying that I highly recommend vacations- if you do it right, you’ll have gotten enough rest and recreation and end up really WANTING to come back to work. Of course, it helps to have a career path that excites and inspires you, but even if you have a “day job” getting away can really do amazing things for your spirit.

I spent 8 days visiting my hometown of San Diego, my alma mater Pepperdine University and its surrounding cities in Los Angeles County, and Vegas, baby! Talking with my theater friends in SD and being around industry folks in LA has refueled my fire for acting professionally. And I mean REALLY professionally, like earning a large majority of my income from acting (right now it is hovering around 50%.) I have also learned that the best way to feel good about your career is to talk to people who don’t get to be a part of your every day life- and then tell them about what you have accomplished. What might seem “ho-hum” to you will sound like the most glamorous, dream-filled life to those around you. And this is a good thing to remember! I sometimes forget that I have created a life where I pursue what I love, and I call all of the shots. It really is fantastic, and it often takes an outsider to shake me out of my limited view to see that, WOW, I am doing something incredible!

Some funny and great stuff happened in my career while I was on my trip:

- My first episode of One Life To Live aired on July 3 on ABC. On that same day, casting called me and offered me a third episode, playing the same role of “Palace Maid.” Be sure to check out IMDB to see when the episode is posted!
- While in San Diego at one of our old watering holes, my boyfriend Tom had a conversation with a woman who he knew years ago. He was a proud papa and talked about my OLTL episode, and she had actually seen it that day! It was awesome to be recognized (albeit, through Tom) - would love to have it happen spontaneously!
- I met with one of my friends who happens to be the mother of an actor from my all time favorite TV show. She told me that he is now living in NYC and she told him about my coaching service- not that he needs it, but she thinks he can certainly take advantage of my networking events. WOOHOO!!! Now, if I could only get her to introduce us... I would be reduced to a quivering teenage girl in no time.
- I was called in for an audition for a new web series, which is being cast by a CD that I met at The Network. My time doing the audition seminars has certainly paid off recently, as has my relentless follow up by mail!

Like I said... it’s good to be back.

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