Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Best Revenge is Living Well

"Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls."
Let us carry on as a nation and as individuals, committed to doing what is right for the sake of that which is greater than ourselves.  Always remember the tragedies and mourn for those we have lost, but never let the acts of lesser men and women define you, your life, nor tarnish your view of the world.  No bully will keep me from the playground, nor blind me from seeing and sharing all that is beautiful and good around the globe, across cultures, and most of all.... within the human spirit.
Let's all do our part to live well and make this world a better place, in spite of those who do their best to destroy it. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Good Kind of Tired

There's nothing more satisfying than being exhausted because you're spending 40 hours a week doing what you love.  My current weekday schedule:

6:00 am -- Wake up
6:05 am -- 4-6 mile run (8 weeks to the marathon)
7:30 am -- Breakfast; pack healthy lunch, dinner and snacks
9:00 am -- Survival Job
5:45 pm -- Battle Los Angeles traffic to get across town to the theatre
7:00 pm -- Play rehearsal -- singing, dancing, scene work
11:30 pm -- Get home, wash face, brush teeth and pray to the mercy of the universe that I can get to sleep within 10 minutes so I can get up and do it all again

Weekends, I'm running 8-12 milers and in the theatre 10am-6pm.  I recognize my castmates from television shows like The Starter Wife, Law & Order, Scandal and The Newsroom. It is both humbling and validating to be in the company of such great actors. It is learning and collaborating all at the same time.     

It's exhausting.  It's consuming. 

It's glorious. 

There's not much time for blogging in that schedule.  But hang tight.  I'll try to write a few words when I can, and when I can't, know that I'm thinking of you and all the wonderful stories I need to share.  And keep working hard and going after your own dream.  It's days like these... when I'm so tired I may have fallen asleep stirring my coffee this morning... these are the reasons we're out there hustling for days, weeks, months on end, feeling like the train won't budge.  These are the good days.  The coffee tastes sweeter on these days.

Keep working hard and never give up.  You have so many of these days ahead of you too. 

(p.s. the picture above is not my show... but same idea.)