10.1.12

Manifest your dreams

I remember it very clearly.  The day I realized that it was my life and I was the only one who was going to live it.  I was 13.  It was a time in my life when I was trying to go where the grass was greener, but the problems was I didn’t know where that was.  My parents divorced when I was 2 and I often went back and forth between living with my mother and living with my father.  Both parents had given me love, but I wasn’t sure where I fit in.  When I was 13 I told myself that I needed to figure out where I needed to be.  That was when I realized that I was really the only one that was going to live my life.  I chose to do my own things and follow my own dreams.  I’m sure if you ask my parents, they’ll be the first to tell you that I always had a mind of my own. From that moment, that’s when I started getting involved in programs that I wanted to do, not the ones that people told me I SHOULD do.


Air Cadets
1986-1987
To my father’s surprise I enrolled in Air Cadets.  It wasn’t really the “cool” thing to do, but I didn’t care.  What an amazing experience that was.  I’m still good friends with that group of people who really changed my life.  I learned dicipline.  I learned independence.  I learned leadership. 


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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