Although I have only seen twenty years on this planet, and still have many lessons ahead, an old friend shared one of the most useful pieces of advice I have ever been given, “This is not a rehearsal, this is REAL life.”
Sure, this statement is simple in nature and to some blatantly obvious, but even so it touched me in a way that changed the way I now perceive possibility and ultimately the reality of success.
Through my work as a songwriter, actor, and model my dream is to inspire others to harness their passion and ultimately change the world for the better. – With this thought in mind I have to ask the question: Wouldn’t it be silly to spend my time waiting for the moment when my dreams magically become a reality?
Seven months ago I moved from a small town in Northern California to the heart of Los Angeles to actively engage in my dream and to finish my bachelors degree. – Let me tell you, the thought of being a full time college student on top of my goals in the entertainment industry scared me to no end. I am paying for 100% of my college on my own and as an entertainer a flexible schedule is an essential part of the business. I had a preconceived idea that I would be working a nine to five job and not have the ability to make auditions or meet with agents. I was afraid of losing sight of my passion and ultimately afraid of failure.
These fears that tried to waiver my confidence and subdue my passions, made my hometown in the Sierra Nevada mountains feel more appealing and I don't know how many times I considered giving into the comfort of a predictable lifestyle. I could continue my education locally, I could continue my weekly gigs at local restaurants, stay close to family and breathe fresh mountain air under the pines all the while, dreaming of what I want to do when I "grow up".
Truthfully, if I stayed in the comfort of my hometown, I would have been miserable. Even amongst the beauty and genuine people I would have been lacking passion and asking myself “what if.” What if I could have found success? What if my dreams could have become a reality?
What's it going to be? The known or the unknown? Comfort or healthy risks? Feel the "norm" or live with passion?
I'm not going to sit back and wait for the perfect moment to present itself. Because, you know what? It doesn't! I've learned there is no such thing as perfect timing and if I want to achieve something, I have to put in the work myself. No one else is going to make it happen and dreams don't magically manifest into realities on their own. Time is a funny thing. Life is too short to not do what you love. The time to make it happen is now!
I am in love with life and every day is a new adventure – this is the real deal.