This week has brought a lot of change. Here in the US, we have a new president! God Bless Lady Gaga who brought us the National Anthem at the inauguration (my reaction here).
And earlier this week, my husband Jordan and I found out what the next two years has in store for us. After a long process of him applying to specialty programs, we finally have a plan- and it includes a BIG move (read that news here).
With all this going on, I’ve been thinking about change and opportunity.
Have you ever felt…?
Have you ever felt stressed out of your mind trying to make a decision, not really having all the information needed or any options laid out in front of you yet? Have you ever ran through every possible scenario in your mind, well before the choice could even be made?
That’s how I had been feeling lately.
My Uncle Ralph would say, “You can’t make a decision until you can make a decision!”
Until the opportunities present themselves, there’s actually nothing to decide.
I think our job as artists (and human beings, honestly) is to put ourselves out there for the opportunities we want.
Submit for that audition, send in a self-tape, work on your voice now to prepare for the future, apply to a lot of schools and cast a wide net, etc.
After we’ve done all that we can do, the opportunities start to present themselves.
But if you never put yourself out there, there’s nothing to choose from. It’s not your job to take yourself out of the running.
Jordan and I had hoped this next chapter of our lives would include a move back to New York City. That’s not what ended up happening, but we’re not upset. We’ve spend the past 9 months throwing all sorts of things out into the universe and are now seeing what opportunities come back to us.
I hope the same for your and your artistry- try a lot! See what sticks! See what comes of your efforts. Then pursue those things wholeheartedly and with an open mind.