Staying in the Game

You may have noticed I haven’t posted anything new on my blog for the past couple of months. It’s been a glorious summer and I’ve working exclusively on my 2nd novel. The following post came from a former student of mine and I feel it is well worth reading.


To be an actor is to be a hunter. You are constantly in pursuit of the next job and the next b0b0df23-2e8d-405d-a03c-bac4329f5703one after that. When your hair starts turning silver (like mine), hunting gets old.  You start wondering if it’s time to leave the business, move upstate, and open that dress shop you’ve always dreamed of. You have a choice to make: stay in or get out!  
For me– I’ve opted to stay in– ALL IN. Why? Because within the pursuit of acting work are thousands of  life lessons that feed my soul. Searching for learning within the highs and lows of my career has been a complete game changer. I’m not just a huntress anymore. I’m a spiritual warrior on a quest for joy and meaning.
So…here is what I learned this month in the acting trenches… MAKE THE ASK. It’s scary. You don’t feel worthy. There is no guarantee you’ll receive what you’ve asked for. But just asking increases your self esteem AND you just might realize a dream.
83a77906-e49b-426e-a636-9558ba8de930An exciting new musical, The Circus in Winter, came on my radar recently. It is being produced by The Goodspeed Opera House, written by Hunter Foster and Ben Clark, and directed by Joe Calarco, (a director I’ve admired greatly for years and have slowly been getting to know, but not yet worked with). Just thinking about project, the creatives, and the theatre thrilled me! Great, right? No–not great. The audition was coming and I didn’t have an appointment.
So, choice time–I could sit at home and stew about how unfair the industry was, or I could put on my big girl pants, write the director and ask for an audition. Which is what I did. Within minutes he wrote back and said I’m right for one of the roles and he’d put my name into casting…. And I’m here to tell you–after an audition and callback–I booked it!
So the lesson I learned: Honor your desires. Even if you feel scared, even if putting yourself out there makes you feel vulnerable, ASK for what you want. You have nothing to lose and you just might make your dreams come true!

Thank you, Sarah. Inspirational words!! Enjoy the rest of your summer. I’ll be posting again in a couple of weeks.

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2 Responses to Staying in the Game

  1. cynthiashaw says:

    Thanks for this great story. Very inspirational!

  2. Mary says:

    That’s brilliant! HONOR YOUR DESIRES. I can’t agree with you more. What a great reminder for all of us actors. Thank you:)

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