This career is all about the baby steps. I really do think slow and steady wins the race (even though that’s not what the media likes to tell us). Sure the hare will sometimes get there before you, but I think more often than not it’s the tortoise that wins out in the end.
It’s tough though, because there aren’t a lot of markers to mark your progress. That’s why you have to get creative and constantly remind yourself or write down what you’ve accomplished, the many ways you are in fact steps ahead than you were a year ago.
Often it can feel like its two steps forward one step back. And maybe it is. This career is a roller coaster after all. There are days I want to ball my eyes out, get a “normal” job, pay off my debt and save money and buy a house and do the “normal” thing. And then there are days (there are more of these kinds of days) where I am high off life because I’m going after my dream, doing what I want to do even if I’m broke and have no signs of a next paycheck.
Some days it’s a lot easier to see where these steps are leading you and today was one of those days where I got to see the fruits of my labor, the direction I’m heading, how all those baby steps have been adding up: I got my official letter that I am now eligible to join SAG! I almost cried holding that letter in my hand. One of my goals for 2011 was to get that letter and little did I know how soon I’d get it! It made me feel so good. It made me feel this isn’t all for naught.
Wow, I just saw this. That’s great! I’m so happy for you, Nina.