Well … when this did not come true (I truly thought the odds were good, by the way) I had to start dreaming up another world for my adulthood. Writing was always something that came pretty easily to me; and it was also something I enjoyed – which, in my mind meant that I wasn’t good at it. I thought I had to struggle in order to be good at something. I couldn’t tell you why, but that was always my rationale.
I always thought I would be a broadcast journalist, but life had other plans for me. I studied performance theatre in college, and journalism became my minor. The world of theatre always fascinated me because it was all about imagination; empathy; energy and authenticity. What I ended up discovering, through my professional life as an actress, was that children were the total embodiment of those four characteristics. During my former days as a nanny, I saw my “kids” using these themes in endless ways throughout their daily routines and personal journeys.
This was a light-bulb moment for me …
If it wasn’t for my work in theatre, and my work as a nanny, I don’t know that I would have ever made the connection. But, there it is … clear as day: my imagination as a child, and later as an actress, led me to the understanding of children … how their vast minds create the most fabulous dreams and boundless imagination.
In my adult life, I am also able to enjoy my passion for theatre and film at my company, Original Six Media. OSM tells stories through online video, and makes branding dreams a reality for corporations, businesses and non-for-profits – opening up the doors of imagination and exploring limitless possibilities.
Writing has infused itself into my life in so many ways. And, though it may come easy to me, it is a tremendous amount of work. And now, looking back, I believe that my theory of having to struggle in order to be good at something was not completely false: struggling for the end product is a good thing … that means the passion is there to get you over the speed-bumps, and the motivation is there because it fills your heart so completely. You can get to the end-product if you have a healthy balance of both.
Being able to author a children’s book is a dream come true – Disney would be proud, I imagine. After all, a dream is a wish your heart makes, right?