where preparation meets opportunity

I’m writing my first blog post on a plane from Dallas to Los Angeles. I had a nice long three weeks with my family. We celebrated my birthday, Christmas, and New Years. I spent a lot of time playing with my 18-month-old nephew, Zach. He really is the sweetest little boy and brings so much joy to everyone who is around him. You can’t help but smile and laugh at his adorable personality.

mer and zach painting

{my sweet nephew made me this painting – with a little help from my sister – the day I moved to LA, August 27, 2010}

I am so thankful for my family and miss them every day I am in LA… They say home is where the heart is. I guess by that measure I would have to say my home is still in Dallas.

A lot of people have asked me how long I plan on staying in LA. Well, I moved out here to pursue a career in acting… not exactly the easiest industry to break into. I know that I am not going to “make it” instantly. In fact, I’ve heard a couple of actors say that it takes many years to become an “overnight success.”

I am prepared to put in the hard work and dedication it is going to take. Acting is just like any other business in that you have to put in hard work and long hours with minimal pay before you can reach the top. Fortunately, I really do enjoy my job. Each day is different in the entertainment industry… new cast, new crew, new locations and sets. Acting is my passion, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love every day!

Do I wish I could pursue acting from Dallas where my family lives? Sometimes. But it is quite an adventure moving to a new city all by oneself. For me, LA is where opportunity meets preparation. Next week I have six meetings with different agents. I am hoping that I will find a great fit and start getting out there and auditioning even more!

Pilot season is starting up, and I am looking forward to seeing what the next few months will bring… I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me down this crazy, unpredictable path. I know that no matter what happens, He is guiding me. And I wouldn’t want my life to be in anyone else’s hands.

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