'Tis the season, friends!
Yes, I'm that person that starts celebrating Christmas as soon as Halloween ends. See, in Canada, we have Thanksgiving in October, so the whole month of November is a giant pregame for the holidays.
I've already started listening to Christmas music, swapping out my t-shirts for sweaters, and baking too many cookies.
Since American Thanksgiving is on it's way, I figured it would be appropriate for me to list things that I'm grateful for. This whole post-grad thing is kind of crazy, and everyone that I've talked to has experienced the feeling of being a little lost. So let's spread some happy today!
1. My family (both the ones I was born with and the ones I chose.)
I wouldn't be here without my family. They are my rock, my anchor, and my mom is the one who I always call when I have no idea what to do, or when I just want to hear a voice from home. My brother and my father are always there to pick me up when I'm down, to gawk over my homemade meals (I can cook now! Whaaaaat?!!?!?!?! Yup. Adulting level 100). They're the ones that are supporting me from a zillion miles away, and I think about them every day.
My closest friends have mostly flown away from Los Angeles, all off to do great things. It's hard to be so far away from them, but we all know that we're just a phone call away. They're constantly inspiring me to be my best self, and they have open ears to listen when I need help. We've realized that we're all in this together and that this is just one phase of life-- it's like the being a freshman in life. We're all starting at the bottom of the ladder again, but we have each other to remind us how awesome we are.
2. Los Angeles!
Okay, I know I say how much this city is crazy busy and smoggy and full of traffic, but the truth is, I kind of love it. The unbeatable weather, the palm trees silhouetted by the California sun, the beaches.... there's really nothing like it. This is the centre of entertainment, and I am so, so, so lucky to be surrounded by it every single day. The other day I spent an afternoon reading a book outside of the little church on my street and it was the sweetest quiet afternoon I've had this year. When I go jogging (What? Alison, you exercise now? Occasionally. But yes. Lifestyle changes whooo!), I run right by Sony Studios. I often pause just outside to peek in through the iron gates and imagine what it would be like to have a job on that lot. I could literally ride my bike or walk to work at my dream job! The thought gives me shivers.
3. My career!
Woah woah woah, Alison, you have a career?! Yup, I do indeed. I recently left my full time job working in Digital Marketing to pursue acting full time. I'm lucky that I have the resources that allow me to do this and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams 100%. It was a scary decision, but on my last day at the job, I had to leave early to go to an audition and couldn't even stay for the full day. If that's not a sign that this is what I should be doing, then I don't know what is! I've only been out of this job for two weeks, but every day has been wickedly busy. I was lucky enough to film a commercial last week, and this week was able to work with good actor friend of mine, and also film a video for SoulPancake (one of my favorite production companies ever!!) at the Youtube Space in LA. Tonight I go back there to film a different project, and I am so so so grateful for these opportunities. I also recently got new headshots which will be up on the photos page very soon, so keep an eye out for those! (I'm so castable! You're gonna love them).
None of this would be possible without the incredible people that I rely on when I get down. It's definitely difficult, don't get me wrong, but I think it's ultimately about how you deal with things when they go wrong. Some days I don't feel like I'm doing my best. I feel tired and hopeless, and those are the moments when I reach out to the ones that I love, asking for help. Don't be afraid to ask for it! Truly, I get by with a little help from my friends.
Stay tuned for a couple more projects on the videos page, and of course, new music coming from yours truly.
What are you grateful for? Let me know in the comments!