Bright and early this past Friday morning, I rolled out of bed and got dressed. I was exhausted from lack of sleep and the long drive from Orlando to Atlanta the day before. But somehow, I still found myself more excited than I had been in a while.
Ten minutes later, I was on the road toward my destination. With my friend, Casey, at the wheel, I was able to prep myself for the day. I pulled out my phone, opened a Joyce Meyer app, and reread a scripture that informed me God would be with me and empower me to do great things that day.
We pulled up to the theatre not long after. Casey smiled and wished me the best of luck, as I exited her car and then walked across the street.
As I entered the theatre lobby, I was greeted and then handed a notebook, pen, and packet that read ‘Tasha Smith Actors Workshop’ at the very top.
I entered the theatre doors on my left and found a seat in the back row of the almost filled-to-capacity theatre. It wasn’t much of a surprise. After all, this was an actors workshop taught by Tasha Smith, who’s acting credits include Empire, Power, and multiple films and a television series directed by Tyler Perry. Newbies and seasoned actors alike, we were all there to soak up her knowledge and learn as much as we could to develop our craft.
A few minutes later, we were all on our feet giving Tasha a standing ovation as she walked onto the stage. Even from the back of the theatre, I could feel her vibrant energy, as she welcomed us to her three-day workshop and beamed about how excited she was to work with us.
She interacted with us by introducing the acting method we’d be covering and answered any questions or concerns regarding the workshop. Immediately after, we were all on stage with her and lead through a series of exercises that got us so deep into our emotions, most of us couldn’t stop the tears from flowing.
I won’t go into full detail about everything that transpired during the weekend, because it’s much more beneficial for one to attend the workshop and actually experience it. But we were able to perform our required monologues in front of Tasha and also scenes that she gave us for collaboration with a partner. We applied the acting techniques she taught us and received very honest and helpful feedback about our performances.
So, if you were to ask me if I’d recommend attending a TSAW workshop, even after my many years of acting onstage, I’d give you a definite yes. Even if you believe you know everything there is to know about acting, attending a workshop can still benefit you. I recall being told that from a college professor years ago. I didn’t take her words seriously because I didn’t see the point when the focus of my major was already Theatre Performance.
But working with Tasha taught me so much about myself. I can now unleash my tear floodgates much easier as I tap into my emotions. Receiving direct feedback from her has already helped me gain much more confidence in my craft. It felt like she genuinely cared about all of us and her feedback was catered to each individual. I was also able to network with people who love acting as much as I do, handout my business cards, and also leave my headshots and resume for casting directors.
My weekend with Tasha at TSAW was truly a unique and rewarding experience. I was able to learn more about my own instrument and most importantly, myself as a person.
Three years ago, if anyone had asked me would I return to South Carolina to live after moving away, my answer would've been a blunt, "Hell to the no!" Maybe it's because I was born and raised in SC and it was all I really knew. Even as a kid I was fully aware that there was so much more out there and if I truly desired a career in entertainment I'd someday have to leave to make it all a reality.
So, I tried to move out on my own a few years ago to California, home of the stars and where dreams come true. I had the time of my life. I made new friends, partied, explored LA, partied, went out on auditions, and partied some more. But to my dismay, I ended up right back in South Carolina the following year.
Fast forward to August of last year. With a solid plan and my partying mindset fading away, I relocated to Cali once again. I really did believe nothing could stop me. I’d been there before and knew exactly what to expect.
The first few months passed by pretty smoothly. I got adjusted to my job and continued to have a plan for every step of the way. But a few months ago, things began to change in ways I never expected. There were days I felt so alone. I'd made friends at work and bonded really well with my roommates, but nothing compared to the connections I'd made back home. I didn't miss South Carolina one bit, but missed my family dearly and felt in need of a support system. Along with that, I struggled to figure out a concrete new living situation. And after I tried and tried, I realized that things just didn't feel "right"...not at all like they had before. I wasn't sure if I had planned things out too much or what. So I made the decision to relocate back home.
With age comes wisdom and I'm wise enough to know that sometimes when you think you have all the answers and everything figured out to a T, God can step right in with a different plan. As of right now I don't have all the answers. However, I do know what I want for my life and believe I've most definitely been blessed with the ability to make it all happen. It's all just a matter of when and how.
Who knows where I'll be six months to a year from now. Maybe Atlanta. Maybe Florida. Maybe I'll just continue to travel until I find my ideal place. Or hell, maybe my ass will still be right here in South Carolina. I've reached a point in life where I believe in the impossible and know anything can happen when it's least expected. I'm open to all possibilities.
So stay tuned...There's so much more to come.
The question of how soon can one become intimate after meeting someone new has been posed time and time again. To further explore this topic, one must ask themselves, “What exactly am I looking for?”. Already possessing the answer is the key to determining whether or not you should throw caution aside and get lost between the sheets.
So have you already come to terms with what it is you’re searching for? Ladies, do you care if the guy you’re seeing thinks you’re easy? Is your only concern getting your rocks off and sending his ass home afterward? If so, I say go for it. You only live once, right?! And who cares what he thinks if you’re not interested in getting to know his last name or what he likes to eat.
Now if you’re fully aware of your intentions to settle down and fall for “Mr. Right” instead of “Mr. Right Now”, you might wanna pump your brakes and ponder on this for a moment. If your long-term goals include settling down to get that ring and walk down the aisle, your best bet might be to cross your legs and count to three whenever temptation creeps through your mind.
Let’s say you really like this guy and want a commitment but you go and pull out your freak flag within two weeks of knowing him. Then you find out you despise the way he snores, or the way he smacks his food. Maybe you discover he has a baby mama or two, or worse that he’s married and has been keeping it all a secret from you! See where I’m going with this? If not, let me make it perfectly clear…If you’re in search of commitment, WAIT TO HAVE SEX!
In my opinion, there’s something sexy and classy about not jumping into bed with someone you barely know. So many women, and men as well, can’t figure what it is they’re doing wrong. They want the perfect spouse but are so quick to take off their clothes in the heat of passion. Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of relationships that come from one night stands and having sex on the first few dates. It all depends on the individual.
So, the decision is really up to you. If you think it’s best to wait and the person you’re dating disagrees, then maybe he or she isn’t the right one for you. Remember, there are tens of thousands of other fish in the sea. But no matter what you decide, to wait or not, ALWAYS wrap it up! Safe sex is always the way to go!
As I sit here reflecting over my life and everything I’ve been through, the good and the bad, I realize how blessed I truly am. I’m in such a great place right now and I’ve honestly never been so happy. It’s hard to believe that just last year I was in such a depressed state of mind. I was upset that I had to leave California and return home to SC. I’d sleep all day, couldn’t hold a job, and had absolutely no motivation to write or record music. I’d given up on myself and my purpose in life. I figured there was no point in even dreaming anymore.
So what changed? I finally became fed up with the idea of being unhappy. I took a second to really ponder on what makes me happy and where I really need to be in life. The answer was quite simple and I was well aware that nothing I wanted would simply come to me if I continued to sit on my ass. I came to the conclusion that I’d never be completely happy holding down any job that doesn’t include acting, music or writing. And what’s the fun in life if you can’t fulfill your dreams and aspirations?
I sat down and created some goals for myself. Some of them included finding a job, saving as much money as I could and trusting God would help me. These goals later became I contract I drafted for myself. I set a timeframe for moving back to Cali, signed it, dated it and promised myself I’d do my absolute best to achieve these goals. I taped this contract up on my wall so I’d see it every day and never lose focus or sight of what I really wanted.
And here I am almost a year later, seeing everything become reality. I’ll be relocating to California next month and I’ve realized moving back home for a while wasn’t a step back. It was necessary for me to really get my head together. While back home I’ve also interned with a film company, worked on film sets and even learned the basics to writing a movie script. I feel like everything is happening when it’s supposed to and I’m on a great track to pushing my career forward.
Was it easy? Hell no! But it was possible…with determination and faith that God would get me where I need to be. If I don’t succeed it out in the world alone, at least I can say I tried and I won’t have regrets years from now because I’ll know I’ve done everything I could to make things happen.
If I can do all this within a year’s time, so can you! With complete focus and faith, we can do anything we set our minds to. Life’s entirely too short for doubt and procrastination. Figure out what it is you want out of life and get up and go after it! You’ll be surprised at how things begin to work out in your favor when you believe in you.
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