My Best Advice For Actors: Take The Trip. Face Your Fears. Live Your Life.

I just got back from an amazing family vacation to Riviera Maya.

I did all kinds of things on my bucket list, from swimming with dolphins, to zip lining into the Caribbean and snorkeling in Cozumel.

I also faced some fears head on.

It took me a few days to go down the steep blue water slide that was on the resort property where we were staying.

I’m normally scared of heights, but as I was trying to encourage my oldest son to face his fears, I had to walk my own talk.

Or in this case…go down the steep blue slide first.

And what we both learned is that, well, most fears are all in our minds and if we just do the thing that scares us, we’ll find out we can do way more than we think.

In fact, once we both took action and just went for it, we couldn’t stop, it was so much fun. (Same went for the zipline).

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In the midst of enjoying precious moments like this..

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I heard my late father’s wise words: Take the trip. Do it now. Don’t wait.

Or as Mark Twain wisely once said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

I had a hard time going anywhere in my 20’s, (I rarely made it to the beach in LA), because I often thought I would “miss something” in regards to my acting career.

But now, that I’m a tad bit older, I take my father’s (and Mark Twain’s) message to heart.

In fact, there hasn’t been one trip that I’ve regretted taking, whether it was a drive up the coast or snorkeling in the deep blue sea.

I hope this inspires you today to take the trip, face your fears and live your life.

I promise you, your acting career will be here when you get back.

And who you become while you are away might just make you stronger, wiser, and more alive than ever before.

Love + Gratitude,

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    This summer, I took a trip to Paris and Provence with a British choir I joined in 2017. They tour every August to Paris to perform in St Etienne DuMond Church as the exclusive guests of the French composer Maurice Durufle, who cofounded the group about 33 years ago. I missed the tour last year because I was waiting for my British settlement visa to be approved (it arrived ON THE DAY I was supposed to be in Paris). So this year was especially important. You’d think I’d b excited about an all-expense paid trip to Paris, right? Wrong! First, there was the anxiety about not speaking sufficient French (I downloaded little cheat sheets to help with things like ordering in restaurants!), Then there was the anxiety about traveling without my husband (luckily my fellow choir mates are a friendly bunch!) Then there was the anxiety about not being able to find suitable food to eat (I am 13 years a vegan, and France is not known for being hugely vegan friendly–but again, I prepared and looked ahead online for cafes and natural food shops)Then there was having to book out for two weeks of auditions and acting opportunities–THAT was the worst. I just felt like I was throwing away opportunities by indulging myself on this tour–singing is something I have always enjoyed as a hobby,and I am definitely a “singing actor” with formal training and all that. I went on the tour anyway, had a marvelous time, and received lots of praise and feedback for my performances. I do have to say, I love the sound of my voice spoken in a foreign language! I’m so glad I went on this trip–it opened my eyes up to the possibility of an international career that is quite literally on my doorstep in the UK (well, until Brexit, that is…:p) and got me dreaming again. I love traveling and to be able to travel AND do what I love would be a dream come true! Next year will be even better!

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