Well, if you follow me on Twitter, no doubt you have read about my difficulties with iMovie over the last week. (Hence the reason for this written post as opposed to Part 2 of the Actor Survivor Kit Challenge)
Story: Last summer as I was training for my first marathon, I was testing what foods would give me the most energy to tackle my long runs. Each Friday, Erica and I would “carb up” on something new and evaluate how it effected our run. On one particular night, I opted to try a new cereal. (I love cereal and could eat a whole box in one sitting – which is just what I did) Did I mention that this particular cereal was made with flax seed?
“Hmmm…..that has a nutty flavor. Interesting.” Not fully knowing the digestive benefits of flax.
If you have ever run with me, then you know that I DO NOT like to stop, but in this case I was willing to make an exception. It was necessary. So, I decided that I would keep running and stop at the next bathroom.
…….I kept running.
WFT! We’re training in Grifith Park for the love – there has got to be a bathroom somewhere!!
16 miles later, I end up back a home base and high tail it (pun intended) to the bathroom. After taking care of things, I come out to rant about the fact that in 16 miles I didn’t see one bathroom.
Well to my surprise, not only did I run right past a bathroom. I ran past FOUR! (This was confirmed on my drive out of the park that day.)
So WTH does this have to do with my acting career? Well, if you’ve ever talked with me, then you know that I DO NOT like to stop. I am so focused on achieving my acting career goals that I inevitably keep myself so busy that I run right past some of the things that I need most.
The goal of training for a marathon is to learn from whatever experiences you have during your runs. So today, I am going to slow down and try to learn from whatever is going on in my “career run” to find out what it is that I’m missing.
And even though I want to throw my computer through the wall because I can’t get this video to edit – if I slow down, take a breath and allow myself to be, I might be surprised at how much I see.
I went for a run this morning, and it sucked. If you’re a runner you know the kind of run I’m talking about. It started off awkward. I couldn’t seem to find my pace, my shoes were too tight, my breathing was off. I just felt out of sorts. But instead of giving up and going home, I just kept running. I kept putting one foot in front of the other and pretty soon I wrapped up an easy five mile run not too far off pace.
I love a good analogy, and today has been much like my run. I set out with tons of stuff to accomplish today, but for some reason I could never quite find a rhythm for getting my work done. I kept getting distracted and discouraged. But instead of beating myself up about it, I just kept moving. When I would reach a place of wanting to quit, I looked down at my to-do list and simply moved on to the next thing. (even if I was in the middle of something else) And as it turns out, I was actually able to complete quite a few things. Maybe not all that I wanted, but made decent progress on quite a few fronts.
My point? Training for a marathon is much like the pursuit of this career. As the mileage gets longer, the more things can creep into my training to potentially throw me off course. But I have a goal, and I remind myself that a marathon is not run one mile at a time, but one step at a time. So even if I didn’t have an audition today, or can’t figure out how to update the CSS on my blog, or my Twitter client keeps acting up. It’s OK. I’m taking the marathon of my career one step at a time, and at the end of the day pausing to say – look how far I’ve come.