21 April 2011 ~ 2 Comments

What I Learned From The April Fools Prank (Part 2)

Now that the April Fools prank has come and gone about me going to Hollywood, here’s what I know.

I know that I have dear friends who believe in me and my talents. I have friends that are willing to go with me to California to cheer me on.  I have friends who were going to have a fundraiser to raise the money to send me to California and were just as excited to see me succeed as I was. Maybe even more so! They encouraged me, told me they knew it would happen for me and were so proud. I’m lucky to have them in my life.

I know that I have a super-duper supportive husband who will sacrifice whatever in order for me to be happy. He is my biggest fan, always ready to help me in any way he can.

I know that my mother supports me in every way no matter what, she wanted to pay my way to Hollywood.  When I responded with a “No, of course not” she said “I would be really happy to do it.” My 86 year old mother who was a stay at home mom always lived vicariously through me. She has always shared in my joys, my dreams, my singing, my traveling and has never been anything but excited and supportive. Wow! That’s a fabulous mom!

I know that for me……life is about the experiences not the outcome. I felt a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t be going to Hollywood, not because I wanted to be a big star or be in a movie. I was looking forward to the experience of going, being open to whatever happens and just enjoying each moment of the entire process. Instead, I experienced the joy and hysteria of being totally had with an April Fools Day prank. Sharing the joke with my friends, screaming on the phone about the fact that the whole thing was a joke and I fell for it. We spent hours talking about it. The joke was on them too and they were all good sports.

I know that I was willing to spend a lot of money that I didn’t have to go to Hollywood and give acting a shot. What are you willing to spend a lot of money on if you had the opportunity to do something and it was presented in front of you? Would you work hard to get a baseball contract? Become an eye surgeon removing cataracts? Open up a no kill shelter for animals? What would you jump at the chance of doing if someone presented you with the opportunity? This is an indication of where your heart and passion lies.

A few days ago, I saw an ad in the local paper for a casting call in Charlotte which is two hours from here. They were looking for 1000 people to be extras in a feature film that they are filming in this area. I felt like this prank was an omen. I decided to go to this casting call. How could I not? I was willing to spend money to fly out to Hollywood, but I wasn’t going to go to Charlotte? I called my other buddy who is an actor as well and Sunday morning we hopped in the car and drove to Charlotte with our Headshots in hand. We waited with the other 2,000 people in line for 2 hours. We met another actor from Paris who was standing behind us and we talked non stop for an hour and a half. We were friends instantly.  It was a blast!

We finally got up to the agents desk, said hello, gave them our photos and that was pretty much it. We stopped at a Mexican restaurant for lunch, had a margarita to celebrate a day of excitement, gorgeous weather, a road trip, a new friendship, our friendship and joy. I experienced every moment of that day….not the anticipation of the outcome of our being there.   We drove home and talked the entire trip, we looked at the gorgeous mountain range as we pulled into Asheville and we gave each other a hug. Another experience that made me feel alive. That’s what it’s all about.

Experience Joy And Pass It On!


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