Saturday, November 19, 2011

why did you choose your profession
i may have it wrong. but as i read stacy's prose on his profession i thought about a story of my own. when i was 20 i moved to LA for no other reason than it felt right for me at the time. i originally made the decision because one of my roommates was going and she was worried about going on her own. ever the one for an experience i said i would go with her. well as things developed over the next few months, i ended up going on my own, moving in with someone who, through my work, i didnt know. she needed a roommate and i needed a place to live. and it was all the interior design business. i got through my first few years on that dime.
during that time i happened to meet people in show business. of course, it is LA. i joined a small theatre group, christians all of them. i took all the courses they provided, and was enjoying the experience. then one day i was cast the lead role in a simple christian outreach play that would play for a group of college students on retreat in santa barbara. i was chosen simply because i had that innocent looking face, no other reason.
well the sh*t hit the fan on that one. i was inexperienced, a no name, not serious about a career in show business. those making the complaint were other actresses who were not involved in the class from which the entire troupe was cast. no one else from the cast was objectived. i was asked by the board to ask the original actress to take the part. she would have no part of it... it was my turn she said and make it wonderful. and i did, and when the cast heard about this they rallied behind me. it was a wonderful experience. and i decided at that moment that if a christian theatre group could turn against you, what and who would support me in the real world. the theatre was not for me.
so i say all this to say this
no matter what your profession there are those who don't want you to succeed.


Minicapt said...

"… i had that innocent looking face …"
R-E-A-L-L-Y ??????


missred said...

yea! r-e-a-l-l-y ;p

Paco said...

I imagine professional jealousy exists everywhere, but particularly in the acting profession. Glad you stuck it out.