I’ve been stressing lately due to this whole first-time-Ive-had-to-look-for-a-job-in-15-years bit, so I haven’t had the desire to write much. However, I remember writing a mission statement (from a future point of view) for a class I took a couple of years ago. I figured some of you might like it. At the time, we had started considering possibly moving to Georgia at some point (still a thought, just slightly delayed due to the surprise known as Hatchling # 2, aka SharkBoy.
Hope y’all like this:
Here I am, about to face my 65th birthday party with my husband of 41 years and our 2 children at our side. I just can’t believe everything that I finally accomplished – buying an Irish pub to run in my retirement, retiring from the extras casting agency here in Atlanta, finishing school after so many major changes and stops and starts, and in better shape than I have been since shortly after graduating from high school.
I’ve enjoyed so many years working at the agency. I could have gone to Los Angeles to work with the big casting directors out there, but life here was perfect. I was still able to work in the entertainment industry and maintain a normal (whatever normal actually is) life for my family. Some of my colleagues are surprised that I was able to make it this far without playing the typical entertainment business games, but kissing butt never was and never will be my style. I think that actually set me apart from others and helped me. My children both have gone into the industry themselves as stunt people, although my daughter seems to be leaning more towards stunt coordinating now that she’s hit her early 30s. Thanks to her work, along with her brother and their closest colleagues, stunt people will finally be recognized with an Oscar category by the Academy this coming year.
My ever-patient husband finally had his trilogy published a few years ago and at least the first book is being turned into a series on HBO. They’ve decided to film here in Georgia as well. We can’t wait for production to begin soon. They’ve cast a couple of the extras I used to work with on a regular basis as the lead and one of her main supporting characters. I’m so glad I was able to help them – they are wonderful and truly deserve this break. Actually, the agency has been contracted to handle all local casting and is trying to get me to come out of retirement to help.
If I hadn’t been able to manage my bachelor’s degree in theatre at Kennesaw State, I don’t know if I would have gotten this far. A business degree or a film degree (I couldn’t stand the thought of another math class, so that changed to my AA in pre-bachelor, and the film degree just couldn’t be worked around our family life) would have helped more, but the theatre degree worked into our family life quite well once we arrived in Georgia. Finishing my AA, especially with the surprising news that we had a second child (Love you, SharkBoy) on the way, wasn’t easy. With two little ones to set an example for now and the help of my husband and mother, I was able to get things done. I only wish my father had lived to see me graduate.
Now, I just need to get ready for the grand opening of my pub. What have I gotten myself into this time?!