"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Great Words of Wisdom

 After reading my last post, wise Gil Christner, who's been an LA Actor since the mid 80s (and when you meet him, you always ask "where do I know you from?" cause he's been on tv so much, you really think you've met him in real life) had this to say to me:

here's the truth: if you can be happy doing anything else than be in show biz, go do it. you will be saner for it. but if you can't, then you must have patience and perseverance and a huge belief in yourself. plus senses of humor and perspective both can't hurt. know that every gig you don't get is only a rehearsal for the one you do, know that every audition is between two people: you and the person that gets it. and sometimes, it's the same person! another trick i found is to stop staring ahead at all the people who are farther along in their careers than you are, and turn around and look back at all the people who have given up and whom you have surpassed. and last but not least, they say that the sea is a harsh mistress. but i say show biz is harsher. at least with the sea, you get a place to get buried.

Gil makes excellent points. If I just turned around and look at all I've accomplished this year, I would be feeling pride and happiness as opposed to discontent and anxiety. I've come a long way, Baby, and who's to say I stop here? I'm just gonna keep on trucking and see how far I can go!

Thanks Gil.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. Very encouraging and a good thing to hear...

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  2. Oh, I really needed to hear this, Gil and Lira!
    Thank you both.

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  3. Great advice! Keep on keepin on!

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  4. We all break down now and then. We need reminding why we do what we do. We need a reason to keep doing it. You got all of those things and more. Sometimes I think we get stomped on just so that we have more kindness in our souls for others when they get stomped on. So that we know what words gave us encouragement when we were low and we can pass them on to someone else. Lira, you are a shining star in so many ways. Shine on!

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  5. He is absolutely right, it sounds like you have come a long way this year, you have to stop and take pride in that fact.

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  6. He's right. Sky's the limit!

    Thx for sharing :)

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Play nice.