DEAR LAURA (and anyone else who needs these words): Let this be a year of saying yes to yourself, of embracing change and welcoming transition. What if, instead of holding your breath, anticipating pain and discomfort, you breathe through the hard part? What if you let the threshold truly transport you, instead of projecting a … Continue reading The Only Constant is Change
Armando Molina teaches our Acting III class this semester, and he constantly drops quotable phrases that I jot down in my journal whenever we get a chance. Journaling is a big part of this program -- we have had journals due for each of our three acting classes, each of our three voice classes, and … Continue reading If You Go There, We Go There
I am poor. I have been for the majority of my life. Money has always been tight; only once in my life did I make enough money to be considered "lower middle class;" and it seems like no matter how much I budget or save or take on side jobs, there is just no escaping … Continue reading How to Keep Poor Folks Poor
For the past five weeks, I have been temping as a file clerk at an office in downtown Modesto. This office is populated with great, kind folks, most of whom have been there for 5 or more years (many of them 10 or more). Their jobs before this company were, for the most part, also … Continue reading The Artist is the Answer
Finally....... Twelve years of trying. Twelve years, on and off, with alternating bursts of hope and self-doubt. Twelve years of periodic wondering what I needed to do differently in order to be seen, to be received, to be wanted. I have been accepted to an MFA program in acting. Just this week, I got the … Continue reading Finally.