But being on set week after week with Mike Nichols, Harrison Ford & Melanie Griffith(ugg) felt the same way other film/soap/commercial sets felt: like work. Reality obliterates movie magic.
Acting is like breathing for me, but the business of acting is not. It took many years to realize I was never cut out for that life. Endless networking and self promotion aren’t my nature. Luck didn’t drop me into a skyrocketing career role, the stars didn’t align and so, it didn’t work out.
It hurts to put aside talent and let go of a dream but I’m not sorry.
I say follow your dream. It opens worlds, opens your eyes, teaches you much, touches your soul. It's a cliche to say it’s the journey that matters, but that’s truer than true. We can’t control how our lives go, we choose a direction and along the way we learn who we are and how real-life really is.
Late in life a different passion bubbled up inside me. I’ve loved dogs since I was a little girl and decades later I tip-toed into animal advocacy, then morphed into being a dedicated shelter dog champion. Who knew? Working with rescue dogs hasn’t been my life’s work so who can say if it was meant to be. What I can say is I’ve learned a thing or two from dogs including 'live in the now'. So here I am, today, not a star who sparkles on screen, just a Working Girl. And 'my now' shines when I connect dogs to a lifesaving second chance. My spirit glimmers in knowing that I’ve made a difference for a multitude of dogs and I matter to many of the like-minded (with talents of their own) who care about animal welfare just as much as me.