I'm taking this really awesome marketing course (slash life course!) called Build Your Own Buzz to start off 2014. I'm still in the first module and all I can say is... wow.
I was challenged to remember why I started acting in the first place. That's tough - I started acting because it was where the things I loved to do - dance and sing - met. I chose to pursue acting because I love to entertain, to make people happy, to take them on a journey away from their lives for a little while. My original love for acting was born in the musical theatre, but is no longer limited to that format.
I do it because I love to make people smile, to laugh, to feel like getting up and joining in. And to be honest - when I'm doing that, it's EASY. And I am filled with so much JOY.
So, the next part of that is to connect that ease and joy with the work that I have been hired for in the last year or so. It's about 50/50: 50% broad comedy - whether commercial or theatrical - and about 50% very heavy drama, often involving me dying in some gruesome way.
But what I LOVE is the comedy, so I'm going to move forward with that as my focus this year, though there is not much comedy work to be found here in Orlando. It's almost all drama/horror/thriller from an independent movie standpoint. And that's valid - you have to work with the filmmakers around you - to support their work and help them achieve their creative vision. Fortunately, I have the skills to contribute in that vein, and I am HAPPY to continue to do so. But is it what I passionately believe I was meant to do? No. When I am really letting it roll, making people laugh, THEN I am exactly where I should be. My ease and joy in that process are indicators.
So now I have to chase that kind of work - to find the filmmakers who are creating comedy in my market - to build authentic, symbiotic relationships with them.
At least I have a target, right? Then I can sharpen my focus.
So I ask you, today - are you doing what you love? What DO you love to do? When do you feel exactly right in this world? Why? And how can you take a small step towards doing what you love, and bringing your specific gifts to the world? What's your game plan for 2013? How can I help YOU to do your life's work?