Today I'm pleased to introduce my first guest blog post by Gary Karp. I met Gary in a networking group via Facebook and his personal story intrigued me. I was pleased that he wanted to share some of his wisdom with you, my dear readers.
In the 2+ years since I launched my online space, the fear of failure and the allure of success have turned over in my mind in equal measure many times. My journey to claiming my Artist self began with the question "Why not ME?". This is a question I have posed to myself nowhere near as many times as I've been filled with self-doubt and questions of worthiness. I hope you will take Gary's advice on board. I know I will re-visit his words many more times in my journey because we all need to be reminded that Greatness is within us, every single one of us. Greatness is in You.
Feel Like Giving Up? Well, Don’t.
It’s a scary thing to follow your passion. Everyone thinks your crazy. Well meaning friends and family will try to talk you out of your desire to become an actor, or artist, or stand up comedian. They will tell you about the long odds and the people who failed. They will encourage you to get a “real” job with a nice steady pay check. I know this because it happened to me. I went to college to study Computer Science (which was coding back in those days). Mid semester I auditioned for the fall play and won a role. By the end of the semester my creative fires were stoked and I changed my major to Theatre Arts. My family did not take it well.
“Couldn’t you act like a business man,” my father said. They tried to discourage me from pursuing an acting career, but I didn’t listen. Believe me, there were times I wish I did. Times that I did not get a role for almost an entire year. Times where I was asked to compromise myself in order to get an acting job. There were times I thought about giving up and getting a “real” job in a cubicle environment.
I never gave up on my dream or myself and I’m glad I didn’t. Throughout my career I have made two independent films, filmed a failed television pilot, landed a role on a successful reality TV drama in NYC, acted in Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions, worked off-Broadway, and recently returned from filming a Star Trek inspired You Tube series. Along the way I made wonderful friends and had a blast.
Here are a few things to remember when you feel like giving up.
Gary is a Certified Life Coach and Hypnotherapist that shows people how to reduce stress and anxiety, and design the life they desire. He creates unique tools and strategies by blending Eastern philosophies such as Taoism and the concept of Wu Wei with Western Behavioral Psychology. He recently published his first book, Clarity is Power, which is a step by step guide to achieving your goals and designing the life you desire. It is available in paperback and for Kindle at amazon.com, and for iOS devices from Apple. To learn more about Gary, please visit his website at www.garykarp.info.
Thank you so much Gary for sharing your insight and down to earth advice. Dear readers, I'd love for your input on this subject as we have all at some point felt like we should stop following our dreams simply because they seemed to hard to achieve. The reality is, anything is possible. The world would be a very boring place if people didn't push their boundaries thereby allowing they limitations to be tested and overcome.
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