A Big Leap

One week ago today I wrapped one of the craziest decisions I’ve made. After months of planning, thinking, writing, and rewriting (and rewriting and rewriting), I put on my own original comedy play with my friend Carly Woods in Hollywood, California.

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None of my “big” decisions, changes, or plans had compared to this one. None of them as scary or insecure. None of them as vulnerable. None of them as exciting.

Like a lot of my big decisions, this one didn’t take much thought. The idea alone felt right. Upon the mention of doing an original show, both our minds went crazy with dreams of what it would look like. Carly jokingly asked “Is it too ambitious to say we would put it up in January?”, which would inspire the title: Is It Too Ambitious?

We typed up a budget, toured the space, bought notebooks, and went out for sushi to discuss what the show would be. We wrote down dozens of different ideas based on the title alone. Would it be about our lives? Our friendship? Would it be a scripted play? Improv? A mesh of two One-Woman shows? The ideas poured.

After about seven (or more) rewrites, we settled on a script. What we found most difficult in the process was how different our senses of humor were. But this script gave us a balance of both. We completed a read through on FaceTime and decided, though tears and laughter, that this was our script.

And last week was the last show. It’s incredible how time just keeps going even after big events. We saw family and friends we hadn’t seen in years. Survived building a ridiculous set. And even got to meet Jeff Goldblum in the process.

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As I reflect on the show, it’s unbelievable to me how it all happened. From start to finish. Maybe I'm being dramatic, but I can understand why it's so hard for actors to come up with what to say during their Oscar speech. Who to thank first? I can't just pick a handful of people. There are too many to list, and if I were to start, I'd be afraid of leaving someone out.

So this blog is for every single person who has emailed me, text me, and messaged me your congratulations. For everyone who helped make this INSANE dream come true. I rest knowing I did something daring, bold, and completely out of my comfort zone this year, and killed it. I am so lucky to be able to live my dreams.

I'll be honest, I was nervous to share my acting stories with you for fear of minimizing my photography, but my clients have been SO incredibly supportive of this whole process. My clients are amazing, I love you ALL!

*Cue Applause and La La Land Soundtrack* 

Take it from me, doing the scariest, most insane thing you could ever do is so completely rewarding.




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