I also decided that drama was my thing. I loved acting. I was sure I was going to graduate highschool and move to Vancouver to become an actress. I auditioned for almost every school play and every local theatre company. And to my surprise, I actually landed rolls.
But it wasn’t until I was in my 12th year in High School that I realized what I really wanted to do. I was working at a bottle depot in Castlegar, sorting the alumium from the glass, listening to the radio. A young female announcer came on and was talking about her life and I said, “I can do that”. And so I did. The next day I told my High School councellor to set me up with a work experience program at a local radio station. And there I was. Within a month I was working there! Little did I know that I’d still be in radio 20 years later.
The point of my whole story is… It’s your life, you’re the only one that has to live it. So live it the way you want. I agree, there are life circumstances that put us in certain situations, but it’s your choice to either stick with those circumstances, or choose to get out of them. If you want something bad enough, you CAN get it. You just need to choose to make it a part of who you are. The first key is to not care what other people think. I wanted to try Air Cadets, and at 13 if you’re not cool, you risk your friends walking out on you! I didn’t care! My best friend stayed around and I made new ones. You just never know what you’re getting yourself into, but you won’t find out unless you try.
Rejection may also bring you down, but try again. After trying and trying AND trying out for different roles in acting, I finally got a part! It made me realize, the ones I didn’t get, weren’t meant for me. The ones I got, shaped me into the person I became!
All I’m asking of you is to believe in yourself and what you are looking for. If you want to change your career, do it! Or at least open up the possiblitly of something new coming your way. Remember, if you don’t open your own doors to opportunity, no one else is going to do it for you! You are the only one in control of your life. Make a point of living it how you would like.
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