18 Things I’d Tell Myself
If I could go back in time and talk to me ten years ago, here are some things I’d say.
#1. You are enough. No one else can do what you do the way you do it. So get good at doing what you do the way you do it.
#2. Agents are great! Try and get one! But remember that Jesus also wants to be your agent and he is super good at it! He’s been getting people all sorts of great performance work since before Hollywood and Broadway even existed.
#3. Stop trying to be what you think industry people want you to be. Stop trying to win their approval. Learn to give that need for approval to Jesus because only He can satisfy it.
#4. The goal is not “the lead role.” Let me repeat: The goal is not “the lead role.” The goal is to create, grow and love Jesus and everyone around you well.
#5. To tell people you are an actor even though you haven’t gotten paid to act in awhile is not a lie. It’s a typical Tuesday for most actors at some point in their career.
#6. Comparison is a weapon sent straight from the pit of hell that is aimed to annihilate you. The enemy is a liar bent on distracting you in order to detour you from God’s amazing plans for you. Ignore the voice of comparison. Eventually it will get bored of being ignored and leave you alone.
#7. Stop asking, “What’s in it for me?” That’s the wrong question if you’ve decided to trust Jesus with your life. If God is telling you to do something, trust Him and do it.
#8. Create! Always find ways to create whether you get paid or not, whether people see it or not. It’s what you were designed for.
#9. Don’t date anyone who doesn’t love Jesus! Romance without Jesus at the center will become your master and the Bible is clear that we cannot serve two masters at the same time.
#10. You are going to drive yourself crazy if you are hustling to get acting work more than you’re hustling to learn how to trust Jesus.
#11. Some things take time.
#12. You are enough. Don’t let anyone or anything determine your identity but God.
#13. Ending a contract without any work lined up after will always suck and feel kind of scary. Don’t be afraid. Keep trusting God.
#14. You’re probably not going to be very good when you first start auditioning. Time, experience and continuing to hone your craft will make you better. Embrace it.
#15. Not getting an agent the first time (or second, etc) you perform for one doesn’t mean you’re not cut out for this.
#16. Learn to not take things personally. Learn to respect authority. Remember that God allowed them that authority over you. Learn to speak up for yourself in a respectful manner when you feel it is necessary.
#17. When you feel yourself in conflict with a cast mate or someone on the creative team, make it your single-minded mission to pray incessantly until you love them as Jesus does.
#18. You might be a little broken inside. You just don’t know it yet. “Jesus came to save the lost and heal the broken.” (Psalm 147:3) Be open to opportunities Jesus gives you to examine these areas and allow him to heal you. You will be amazed at how free you didn’t realize you could be.