Today is my birthday and instead of my normal routine, which basically involves acting like a fat, lazy cat all day, I am heading off to rehearsal.
I LOVE my birthday. In high school, I drove my friends crazy with a birthday countdown that started January 21st every. single. year. I cannot remember a single year where my birthday wasn't about me, and becoming a mom made the experience even more rare and special. My life, my career goals, my self-care routines, all of it is centered on my children, my family. So, honestly, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about giving up the one day a year where everyone is okay doing what I want.
However, the last year has changed almost everything in my life, and it looks like birthday traditions are now on that list. Fortunately, everything has changed in completely amazing ways that I never could have imagined. One short film lead to another. Signing with one agency lead to commercial gigs and signing with a management company. One amazing, challenging, time-consuming, exhausting, exhilarating thing lead to the next.
So today, instead of feeling angst-y about giving up a long-standing tradition and several hours away from my kiddos on a weekend, I am able to just be excited. This film is the first time I've gotten to play a detective. It's the first time I'm getting to use one of my bullet-point resume skills in a film. (Yay!) I'll earn my second IMDb credit, and even better, I'll stretch myself to my physical limits with an extended foot-chase scene.
Keeping in mind that every good, creative thing has lead to good, creative things and that the last year has brought more inner peace and financial stability than ever before, I'm ready to throw myself into this production, give a killer performance and come home all set-jazzed and ready for the next challenge.
Now it's time to run lines.
Thanks for tuning in.
Update: The amazing writer/director and Executive Producer of the film I was rehearsing for got me a cake! I didn't know they even knew it was my birthday. It was an incredibly sweet gesture that made for a wonderful end to a very fulfilling, productive rehearsal. Prop guns, blocking, and chocolate!