In case you haven’t heard of John Green, he is an author, and he wrote the best-selling novel, The Fault in Our Stars. Now, TIME magazine’s book of the year for 2012 has been made into a movie. Green’s book is one of my favorites. I recommend it to everyone, and if you haven’t read it for yourself, get on that. It’s truly amazing. I am beyond excited to see this movie, partly because I’ve been following John Green and his brother Hank for years via their YouTube channel, The Vlogbrothers. Through their channel, they let intelligence and wit be their guides. They use their education in science (Hank) and Literature (John) to inform the world of fun facts and trivia, and they inspire others to Be Awesome. Their motto: DFTBA, Don’t Forget to Be Awesome. That’s what’s John Green’s book is: Awesome. I am sure the movie is too. Go pick up a copy of it today. It’s still #1 on all the bestseller lists for a reason.
Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. Girl, you gotta stop assuming things. You know what they say when you assume something?? That’s right, you kind of made an ass out of yourself, and the fans who thought you’d win album of the year. Sure, it was a momentary lapse in judgement. Maybe you forgot you were being filmed. Maybe you’re just super cocky and think you’re gong to win all the time. I can’t figure it out. Maybe the Grammys were too nice to you straight out of the gate, and you just think they’ll keep rewarding your efforts. I mean, it was just embarrassing at the end of the day. Sorry Taylor. I know it’s upsetting to lose, but you gotta take the good with the bad. You did a good job performing though. Headbanging will probably make a comeback, so thanks for that. You’re talented, there’s no denying that. Be grateful for what you have. Smile and clap. Smile and clap.
Also, there are the dudes next to you who look like they’re going to have a heart attack.
I’ve always had a lot professional goals. Sometimes, it just takes the courage to go after what you want no matter how frightened you are. This year, I really want to make changes for the better, especially after all of the things that negatively impacted my life last year. This year, I am trying to stay as positive, happy, and healthy as possible in order to turn my career around. I want get things rolling by doing what I love and making a living at it on a more consistent basis. This business can be extremely difficult. Despite what people see on television with awards shows and red carpets, parties and the high life, it’s still a business. People have to make a living, and more often than not, it’s the people who aren’t household names that I look up to most in the acting business. There IS a way to make a living solely by being an entertainer. I’ve seen it with a number of my friends. I decided to write this post because I truly want to make my dreams a reality and achieve my goals.
For a long time, I had fed into my self-doubt. There is no one to blame for that but myself. Oftentimes, I would blame the industry for putting such unspoken restrictions on my type as an actor. I have caught myself making excuses, and I really need to stop doing that. While, it’s somewhat unrealistic to stay positive all the time, I do want to turn that negative feeling that has been lingering for the past year into something joyous. I want bring my career to the next level. I could be worrying about my weight, the fact that I don’t have a “traditional” look, or the fact that I have been doing all of the footwork myself for the past six and a half years without the help of an agent. OR, I could totally revel in the fact that I’m NOT starving myself to fit some unrealistic Hollywood ideal, while still becoming more aware of my overall health. I could be proud of my look just as I am because my parents are really attractive people, so naturally, they made me look as unique as possible which is awesome. Lastly, I could be exceedingly grateful for how far I’ve come on my own without the help of an agent. And, I am proud of that. I think I’ve done a pretty good job. But I want more. I want to do what I love. I want to do voice-overs, I want to do television (I mean, hello, I would love to be on Blacklist), I want to do more film. I want to work.
At the same time, I’ve come to the realization that I not only want, but need to have someone in my corner. It’s been great doing it on my own, but I truly believe that I need the guidance of a manager and agent at this point. I’ve met agents and managers in the past who have told my look was unique and they would love to work with me, but they aren’t looking for my type right now, or they already have it. Representation can be a lot like dating. You’re either ready for dating and marriage, or you’re just not someone’s type. This year, I hope I’m someone’s type.