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Monday, April 1, 2013

Almost five years ago I was interning with an advertising agency in Dallas. I got to attend a commercial shoot where I saw a couple of young actors basically getting paid to sit there, and that’s when I thought to myself, “Heck. I want to be doing that!” And lo and behold, now I am living in LA and just booked my first commercial here for KFC. (I had worked commercially in Dallas, but this was my first one in LA).
Set your mind on something, and go out there and get it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, that it’s too hard, that the odds are slim to none. After years of blood, sweat, and tears pounding the pavement, years of wondering if I was crazy to be pursuing this, years of making little no income whatsoever, I have finally started to see some return on this investment.

2013 is definitely shaping up to be quite an exciting year. I booked my first network television role, saw myself on the big screen for the first time at a red carpet premiere, and now I have booked my first commercial. All in three months. But as I said, it hasn’t been an easy road. And I don’t think it will be easy as I continue down this path. But that’s all I can do… continue down this path – the path down which I believe the Lord is leading me.

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, the day Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified on the cross three days earlier. He died for our sins that we could live for all eternity in heaven with His father. We are all sinners, sin separates us from God, and Jesus is the only way we can get to God. God loves us so much that He gave His only son for us. And if He would do that, don’t you think he wants the best for us?

This is a story of hope. Yet there is suffering and death right in the middle of it. I think our lives are like that… Our lives are a story of hope. There is going to be suffering and death in the middle of them, but they are a story of hope nonetheless. 
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 
 This world is fleeting. It won’t bring us joy. It might bring temporal happiness. But that won’t last. The treasures of this earth will fade. My prayer is that I will not get caught up in the things of this earth. It might seem ironic that I have chosen to be an actress – which sort of seems like a career that chases the things of this world the most… in a town that certainly does. But I believe the Lord has put me here for a reason. He is slowly but surely reassuring me that I am in the right place by these small bits of success. And I am so grateful.

And should I be blessed with a great amount of success one day, I hope to only make the Lord’s name more famous. He must become greater, and I must become less. (John 3:30)
Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. – Psalm 115
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