What is your ‘why’?

For what ever you aspire to be or do in your life, there is an important question you should ask yourself – why?

What is yours?

I recently watched a career’s video, and this idea of ‘why’ really stuck with me. Why be in a job you don’t enjoy? What is it adding to your life? It is so important to me that when I get a job, and one day soon I pray I do, that it means something to me. Not only because it will make me feel excited to get out of bed every morning, but so that I can put 100% into the work.

If you are in the creative industry you know that it can be very competitive and sometimes hard to get your start. This is when having a ‘why’ is crucial, because if don’t know what is driving you through this industry, I can tell you it is probably going to make it a lot harder when you get rejected over and over again. As an actress and writer, constant rejection is part of the package (especially at the beginning of your career) but I do it because I have understood my ‘why’.

My reason – WHY

Being an actress is hard. Many people will think it’s not a career or it’s all glam all the time, but no. If you read my recent post interviewing the 98% Podcast (and if you haven’t I highly recommend) the two girls highlight that only 2% actually make it to that top “A-list” spot. That’s not a very big percentage if you think about all the aspiring actors out there, and yes, I am one of them. It’s not a career you take lightly, it’s important to understand that there will be rejection, you have to invest in yourself and sometimes pick up awful jobs to make ends meat. Sometimes I wonder, why the hell am I doing this to myself? Wouldn’t it have been easier to have ‘normal’ job? But something about someone asking me what my ‘why’ is for continuing to pursue it – which I have been for almost eight years now – puts it all into perspective, and is the motivation that keep me persevering.

Here’s what I wrote in response:

I act because it is a way to explore my imagination and break out of my shell. Naturally, I am a very shy person, but when I become a character and tap into another world it is freeing and exciting.

I act because I have never been able to see myself doing anything else. From a young age I was performing, making my own talent shows, plays, dancing and at fourteen I got interested in TV and film.

I act because it is my passion and to be able to make someone smile or feel something, is something special.

What ever your ‘why’, let it be the thing that motivates you to pursue your dream job. If you can’t answer that question with a good answer, then maybe it is time to reconsider what it is you are doing and if it makes you happy.

A lot of the time acting, scriptwriting and pursuing a career in the film industry is really tough, but when I think about giving up or throwing in the towel, I know I would regret it and I couldn’t imagine what other job I would be doing.

Challenge

So I challenge you today to right down you ‘why’ for whatever you choose to pursue. Once you get your why, write it down and hold onto it. Through the rough times remember what it is that makes you fight for your career/dream.

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