I don’t usually post very vulnerable posts on my blog, but I feel like my experience this past week and a half could be inspiring to those who read this. Since closing a fantastic run of “Elf the Musical” at The Marriott Theatre on January 3, 2016, doubt, fear and questions began to bounce around in my head. And the ever bearing “What am I going to do next?” question was ever present. For the past 7 months, I have been fortunate enough (through the grace of God) to have had employment in my major field of study (musical theatre) since I graduated college. But I was never able to line something up for after “Elf.” Ever since, I was a kid and I knew that my dream was to be an actor, singer, dancer, doubt, fear, questions about how I would support myself as an adult never phased me. I didn’t care about all of those questions that people asked me about how I was going to make a living. I was purely focused on refining my craft and getting better every single day. But now that I don’t have the foundation and the support of school, these questions began to filter in as the reality of being an actor began to sink in this past month. As someone who gets stressed very easily, who likes stability, routine, and knowing, it’s rather ironic that I chose the performing arts as my career path. But as I relayed these fears and doubts to my father over the holidays, he reminded me about a very simple saying: “It’s not about the destination . . . it’s about enjoying the journey.” This quote has been playing over in my head since “Elf” closed. Life is a journey filled with achievements, incredible moments of time, but it’s also filled with hardship and trials. But it’s the journey, how we overcome the hardships and celebrate the achievements and joyous moments in our lives that make us who we are. I know God has a plan for me. He has a plan for everyone and He walks with us every step of the way. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). In other words, don’t overwhelm and consume yourself in the thoughts and ideas of how YOU think your life should be, but TRUST in the ever-loving God with all your might. Give all your cares and worries to him. He will lead you on the right path. For those of you who aren’t believers in organized religion: Be at peace with where you are right now. Enjoy where you are in this very moment. Each day is a new adventure and will lead you to a new destination.
If you have a dream and a goal, and if you have the passion and determination for that goal to come true, I have no doubt that you WILL achieve that goal. So for those of you working as a performing artists out there and have been feeling doubt, I say to you: Enjoy the Journey and Believe in Yourself. Stay Positive. Stay Focused. And Be YOU. For one day, there is going to be a person who will see the talent, light, and passion within you and that one opportunity will lead you to your dream.