As I’ve been known to say, Holy Macaroley. I was talking the other day with my career coach, Kristine Oller , whom I’ve been working with for a while. I started with her when I wasn’t happy with the way my acting career was progressing and some of the things I’d heard her say at a conference really resonated. As they say, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. So I contacted her and on my next visit to Los Angeles sat down with her. Her forte is organizing but one of the things she said that struck a chord with me is her favorite space to organize is the mind. That really hit me. I felt so helter skelter in my career planning. I was going at fits and starts and really not gaining any traction. It was at that first meeting that we started to map out the transition I could make from full time day job/part time actor to full time actor. That day was was pivotal to me as it was the first day I really considered acting as a full time career. It was the first time I’d allowed myself to entertain even the possibility of giving up the career I had worked at for over 2 decades to take on a new challenge. Over the months that ensued, she and I reviewed my progress and set new targets for the next steps to take. That arrangement continues to this day.
But purpose of our conversation on this particular date was a coffee date she was recording for her new venture and she wanted me to tell my story for those that were contemplating the switch to a full time creative. In her introduction she mentioned that we’d begun working together in October 2007. That stopped me cold. We had only been working together for 29 months. 29 MONTHS! I couldn’t believe how far I’ve come in so short a time. I was amazed at my progress. All too often I bemoan the fact that this or that hasn’t happened and certainly nothing was happening at a pace that was fast enough for me. I am so grateful Kristine happened to mention that date. If she hadn’t I wouldn’t have taken the time to look back and see how far I’ve come. I know I have so very far to go but I am so encouraged by my progress. And proud of myself. Who knew I had it in me?!! And who knows what lies around the corner?