Today is a day of celebration. It marks 60 days since I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and in that time I have met with three casting directors, shot a short film, and become eligible for the Screen Actors Guild. It’s been an extraordinary time.
I won three Acting Challenges from Indi.com. Before that I spent a year working on my short film, Character, which I have finally completed and submitted to a dozen film festivals. And before that I ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to fund that film. Before that I wrote the screenplay.
Before that I completed The Waterfront Conservatory’s Meisner Training Program, which I had begun nearly two decades prior. And before that I finally received my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. And before that I road my third California AIDS/LifeCycle. That’s three years of huge wins. Years I didn’t go to Burning Man. Years I made huge trade-offs to accomplish important goals.
And now I’m sitting at The Getty Center, sipping a glass of chardonnay in the shade, resting and reflecting, filling my eyes and my soul with Nature and Art, and recharging my batteries for the next round. You see, it doesn’t stop. Next I must find an agent. I have three screenplays to write. I have a Wonder Woman book to publish by May 1. And I was just handed a new project that could change my life forever. And I ask I do all these things I must continue to earn money to support my work until that work supports itself.
But for now, it’s about soaking up life and enjoying how beautiful the world is. Today is about gratitude and receptiveness to the world just as it is, a perfect world of which we are all perfect pieces, a world indifferent to our struggles, our success and failures. Today is a day to just be.
And speaking of gratitude… None of this would be possible without my friends (old and new) and family and community who have supported me, funded me, and contributed to me in countless ways. From Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to San Antonio, Texas, to San Francisco to Los Angeles. I am everything I am because of the people who have guided, nurtured, and stood for me. If you are reading this, know that you are my teachers and my benefactors, my inspiration and my challengers. Thank you and I love you.