It's hard to believe it's been four years since I've performed on stage in a play. Four years since I got my real estate license and decided that I needed to focus on making money at the age of 50. I'd been eking out a living as an actress and songwriter long enough! I remember bemoaning my choice to my friend, Nancy, at a women's support group, and I'll never forget her words of wisdom: "But you're still an Actress. You're just acting like a real estate agent right now." Truer words have never been spoken.
When I got my real estate license, I imagined a flexible lifestyle where I would incorporate all of my various creative interests: Acting, songwriting, creative writing, fitness, home renovations and dog wrangling. But somehow, I found myself always working (I believed I had to be available 24-7 to succeed in real estate). That is, until I broke my femur last March. Nothing slows you down like not being able to walk!
Over this past year, being slowed down by the broken leg turned out to be a blessing (cliche, I know, but these things usually do turn out to be blessings in some way, if you choose to figure out the way). It allowed me time to soul search, and while I was searching I realized I wanted to find my way back to doing what I love. Fortunately, Steve, my "spousal equivalent", prefers to be around me when I'm happy, so when I announced that I was "auditioning for a play, and after I finish the play, I'll work hard at real estate again, " he cheered me on. And, as if the Universe were supporting me too, the audition was one of those rare instances in my life where I went in expecting to be hired.
So, it's been three weeks so far of reporting to rehearsals at 9:00 a.m., working with a group of professionals who share passion for the theatre, memorizing lines and stretching emotions, all under the direction of Maryanna Clark, who has built an impressive theatre company, The Tennessee Women's Theatre Project. I haven't been this thrilled to get up in the morning since I had to be on set at 6:00 a.m. when I was a series regular on a short-lived soap in Los Angeles (with my very own trailer!).
I've been hiking most days after rehearsal (for my femur) where I run lines, and soaking in the tub most nights (for my femur), where I run lines again. I love the process of figuring out how my character walks, talks, and feels. I'm obsessed with my role, it's all I can think about. And, as if the Universe couldn't be any more on my side, I'm getting real estate calls, referrals and leads without focusing on real estate at all!
The play, "The Disappearance of Janey Jones," opens in one week, and I will get to "play" for three more weeks of glorious performances. There's no business like show business, like no business I know.....