13 September 2015
I soljourned this weekend to one of my favorite places in the United States – Los Angeles! Some say it’s a big city like all the others: loud, noisy, overcrowded with buildings and people. For them, that may hold true. I see it differently. I feel at home there, as though the artistic spirit flutters, pleading to soar free. I sense kindred spirits, creative energy, and a palpable electricity.
From the time I was quite young, I envisioned myself in an artistic career. I just didn’t know how it would take shape or where I would fit. I also suffered from a lack of self-confidence and belief that I could succeed and thrive in a harshly criticized world of entertainment. Would I get swallowed up by personalities more forceful and passionate? Would I let others walk all over me? Would I question my skills and value when confronted with someone who has more experience or expertise?
I let those questions impede my progression, never taking steps toward that journey. I think back to the young girl who dreamed big and lived small. I don’t know whether she would have lasted in the rumored cutthroat world, but the woman I am today moves forward with confidence in myself, my talents, and my value. I’m ready to learn, absorb, and connect in an industry I respect and admire.
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