Who Am I and Why Am I Here?
They say that adults nowadays will have multiple careers. I am on my second.
Six years ago, I applied to law school, got accepted, moved from Alabama to Baltimore, and immediately disliked it (law school that is). With an undergrad in interdisciplinary philosophy and writing (don't judge my writing by these blog posts), I didn't feel I had any real option but to tough it out and try for a big firm job when I graduated. Plus, I wasn't passionate about anything else, so it made no sense to jump ship.
I was browsing Craigslist one day looking for a writing competition to enter and accidentally clicked on the link where acting gigs are posted. I was flabbergasted at the amount of acting work being done in the area. I searched around and found a few guys shooting a short film (unpaid of course) who were looking for an actor with or without experience. I immediately signed up!
I had such a blast on that short film that I decided to keep looking for more...and more....and more. Eventually, I filled every weekend, some weeknights, and basically every spare minute I had with filming. I absolutely loved it! Acting fed all the neglected creative faculties that had been atrophying at my lawyer job.
Eventually I reached the point of no return. I could not do any more acting work and still be a full time lawyer. I approached the firm about going part time, but they wouldn't go for it. So, against all rational concepts of job and financial security, I turned in my notice.
You only live once.
Thus I became an actor.
I am scared. I grew up poor, worked hard to secure a career that would ensure I would never be again, and now I've abandoned that to pursue a dream that by all practical accounts will lead me right back to poverty. On my last day of work at the firm, my colleagues asked me whether I was excited or not. I had to admit that my overwhelming feeling was fear....but I could not stop smiling.
That's a snapshot of who I am and why I'm here. I promise (with fingers crossed behind my back) not to be so self-indulgent in future posts. I hope you'll join me on this roller coaster.
So that is how I got here. We all have a story. I'd love to hear yours...
(photos courtesy of Ken Arnold and Rashel Hagmayer)
-- Gabriel Voss