Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I am pushing publish on this post tonight. What am I doing!?
I have never felt more self conscious about putting personal content out into the inter webs than I do tonight. I mean, I wasn’t even this nervous when I shared the post about my virginity!
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OK – ONTO THE POST!
Many of you know that I am an actor. And one of the questions I get asked most frequently is How can I see something that you’ve acted in?
And I’ve always shied away from answering that. Mainly because of NDAs, I am contractually obligated not to share information about projects that have yet to be released. Or simply because a lot of the projects can’t be shared via the internet because, well…they’re commercials!
But I finally figured, what the heck! It’d be fun to share a few recent projects that I’ve had the privilege of being part of, as well as a couple “oldies” that make me smile.
So any who – I hope you find this fun and entertaining!
This first one is my most recent TV ad — it’s the political spot I was telling you about earlier…where my character was a “liberal feminist” – complete with a double nose ring, double lip ring, and pink hair!
The commercial turned out pretty awesome, so I hope you like it!
This next video clip is from a pepper spray product. One of the downsides of using a pepper spray is that if you’re downwind when you spray it, you get the negative effect too! So this product sprays a little ball of pepper spray that releases the spray upon contact. So my role was a testimonial. I loved being able to sink my teeth into that powerful character.
This next one was a fun music video I shot a couple years ago! The curls were large and in charge! And I actually love this country song. I still listen to it all the time. And fun fact…I actually have hazel eyes, but they used CGI to make my eyes blue in the video to match one of the lyrics!
And then from the archives — one of the children’s educational videos that I did. This company is such a powerhouse when it comes to creating children’s online content…I love working with them!
So there you go!
Acting has been a passion of mine since I was literally five years old. And I have learned a lot throughout the process.
Every audition. Every play practice and performance. My childhood was spent backstage in the wings of a theater with so many loving, creative people.
But acting has been such a tenacious teacher in, not only hard work and imagination, but in other lessons that, truthfully have taken a long time to “unlearn.”
As a child, usually the only actor under 21 in a cast, I spent my entire life feeding off of the approval of my directors. I found my worth completely in my performance. I would earn it. I was always on. Always aware of the eyeballs. And always aware that at any moment, another kid with talent could walk through the door and take my place.
It’s taken me a long time to reset that mindset and find my worth, not in a performance, but in Jesus.
The acting industry is a fickle lover — some days she lavishes you with applause and positive feedback. But you also hear a lot of “No’s” in the business. And so I’ve had to learn to become like marble, and let those highs and lows just roll off of me. Because neither define who I am or what I am worth.
Only Jesus can do that.
No great performance will make my worth greater, and no flopped audition can make it less. Because my worth is secured on the Cross. And boy, isn’t that Good News.
What’s one thing YOU’VE had to “unlearn” from childhood?
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