I remember how fascinated I always was with costume character performers. A day at an amusement park was for nothing if I didn’t see Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Tweety Bird. To me, costume characters were the whip cream and cherry on top to a day at an amusement park. I always wondered what it would be like to be an entertainment performer…
…So when I realized that I could BECOME a performer, I was both excited and nervous. I had two options and one choice- go after something familiar and comfortable that would secure me a weekly paycheck or go after something new, and run the risk of possibly quitting when I’d realize it wasn’t for me. I had a lot to lose, but I didn’t want to let the opportunity slip… so I took the risk and became a performer.
7 years later… it is still one of the best decisions I could have EVER made. While I realized that no job, even the best one, is perfect, it is possible to be so passionate about your job that even the inconveniences are nothing compared to doing something you hate.
I had spent so many years trying to become something that I thought would make others, including my parents, happy. I tried going for a nursing career, Doctor career, even housekeeper (not kidding) career… but I realized I loathed all of these options. When I got honest with myself, I realized I needed to stop trying to please others and ask myself what was it that I wanted.
No lie though, there was a point in the beginning of my performing career where I felt like I sucked at what I was doing.
“What the hell am I doing,” I thought to myself.
I looked around me and saw all the “professionals” and seniors of the Entertainment industry. I seemed to make more mistakes than anything and wondered if I had even made the right decision concerning a career path. But although I felt tempted to quit entertainment, I realized a part of me just couldn’t give up… no matter how hard certain days were.
Even after a lot of trial and error, I’ve continued making mistakes… but I’ve continued falling in love with my day-time job. I’m passionate about playing around, making people smile, and cry (for the right reasons). I’ve gotten better, I’ve continued learning, and I remain teachable. When I look at where I started and how far I’ve come, my heart is filled with gratitude and awe.
Today, I’m grateful to God for allowing me to discover my passion and for encouraging me and paving the way for me to do what I love.
“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”