I am blessed. I asked my friends to help me move BOLDLY in the direction of my dreams - and they did. Through a martini party/fundraiser on Saturday night - these wonderful people contributed toward my trip to New York where I will study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the Upright Citizen's Brigade. At this party they also shared their dreams with me, and with each other. For some it was difficult to put their dreams in writing or to speak them aloud at first. I feel like some people felt really inspired by my journey, and by each other that night. I am so grateful for that!! I was afraid to throw that party, and to ask my friends for help, and I am afraid to go to New York, and I am afraid of being an actor, and of being vulnerable and on and on . . . I AM AFRAID, BUT I HAVE MADE A HABIT OF DOING WHAT SCARES ME.
Thanks to these wonderful friends - I am now on the first day of a journey that I hope will instill in me a great sense of confidence in my skills, my ability to trust myself and to take more risks. I am sure I will always feel fear, and I hope I continue to face that fear with courage and a sense of humour.
And . . . as the zen saying goes; after ecstasy, the laundry - Once I was accepted to the Strasberg Institute I recognized it was time to get my financial house in order. Today I incorporated Artsy Fartsy Productions - a vehicle I will use to create and produce films that I have written or am acting in. I will also continue to use it to promote films and events related to my projects, and potentially as a vehicle to immigrate to the US.
Happy Birthday Artsy Fartsy Productions!
The first post-incorporation project is a documentary film that I have been acting as a consultant on that follows the adventures a Finnish cheerleading team in the Arctic Circle. This week-end I am in Rovaniemi to teach a camp for the teams and the production team will be there shooting the camp. This is my chance to say farewell to the world of cheerleading where I spent 15+ years and hopefully impart some lasting words of wisdom to the cheer world (oh ya - and I will be using some of the footage for an instructional video which I will edit with the help of some of my talented editor-friends who know who they are and release in the Summer to compliment the DVD I already have for sale on Amazon).
Speaking of which - I have two routines to write and 17 more flights until I get to the arctic so I need to sign off now.
Some final words for me to meditate on that I hope will inspire you:
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer