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A Letter for Anyone Who’s Afraid to Move On

—-This is a letter from present me to past me.—-

Dear Laura,

You’re a good actor. I think you know that. At least some days you feel that you are.

You feel it when you get a callback after a great audition. You feel it when you’re on set. But most of all, you feel it when you’re in rehearsal with your company. These people, this work; they are your home.

And that’s part of why you’re hurting so much right now. How could you walk away from your home?

But it’s not that simple. It’s easy to romanticize your career. Your company and the work do with them is a small part of your career; a small, non-paying part of your career. The work that makes you a true professional–someone who earns a living from their craft–is not where your heart is.

You hate commercial auditions and never feel “commercially” enough. Voiceover is hit and miss in terms of your enjoyment of it. Television is fun to do, but you don’t feel connected to it. It doesn’t mean anything to you, outside of something to accomplish. I’m spelling it all out for you here because it has taken you so long to admit to yourself what you know is true: you don’t want to be an actor anymore. Not a professional one, anyway. Laura, you dread getting calls from your agent! Do you remember when you would given anything just to have an agent?

You’ve changed. And that’s ok. But you need to mourn the career you worked so hard for and gave so much to. You have to do this so that you can move forward.

Because, Laura, so many good things are waiting for you. But you have to come meet them.
I don’t want to give it all away, but here’s a little glimpse to give you hope:

You’ll find a new career that you love. Deeply love. You will still miss acting; it will always have a special place in your heart. But in your new career you’ll feel useful, valuable, and free to be you. People will thank you for your work, and you will make a difference in their lives.

You’ll leave Los Angeles. You’ll move someplace small and quiet and live in a house; no more tiny LA apartments. You’ll have space to breathe and think and you’ll never have to pay for parking again!

You’ll start a family. I know having a child feels impossible in LA. There’s barely room to put a stroller in your place now, let alone another human being and all their stuff. But you will welcome a happy, healthy child and adore being a mom.

Laura, this is your future.

It’s yours if you let go of who you were and to make room for who you are now.

Have faith. Listen to that quiet voice inside, even if you don’t like what it has to say at first. It’s always right. Just follow the directions that it gives you; you’ll find home.

With love,

Laura

  1. jo.lynette@hotmail.com

    May 5th, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    What a great idea, writing a letter to yourself to assist in transition (of any kind)! Thank you for sharing yours. I think it goes along with "What to say when you quit" and helps me find the words for what I’m looking at. Leaving a company that I consider my family and transitioning to something that will reward me with more freedom, personal time, growth, and more. But not just any words. Positive words. Words of hope. Words of change. Words encouraging growth beyond the current "happy" looking toward more than happy! I still have a little more "lead time" going into what I know I must do. But simply starting with words is an amazingly creative place to start. Who wants change that doesn’t start with creativity? (well, some might, but that’s not my personality) Again, thank you for sharing.

  2. Jae Schaefer

    May 6th, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Laura, you’re going to make me cry! This is such a beautiful and hopeful piece and it’s giving me strength in a time of transition. Thank you x

  3. laura@laurasimms.net

    May 6th, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks, Jae. Best to you as you make the changes you need to make.

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