I think I’m finally decompressing from my time in L.A. I can look back now and realize that it was one of the greatest moments in my life. My drive to succeed is even stronger now. Many people have told me that I am an “inspiration”. I am honored to receive such a wonderful compliment. Now it is my duty to continue following my dream no matter what obstacles present themselves to me. I won’t ever give up. I had the courage to change my destiny, and I succeeded. Follow your dreams and change your own fate.
A gentleman from L.A. that will be following me and the other Academy winners sent me an email this weekend asking me several questions. Some were about my film, some were about my life and my experiences in film school. When I read my answers to a friend of mine she cried. It surprised me that it touched her in that way, so I thought I would share my answers with you as well. Hopefully it will be inspirational to you all.
I went dress shopping the other day to find the perfect dress to wear to the Student Academy Awards. I will have to give a thank you speech in front of 1,000 people, so I have to look fabulous, especially if I end up crying with mascara running down my cheeks!
So I went to a small boutique here in town that only carries designer dresses. I’ve NEVER shopped in one of these stores. The owner of the store, Krista, was very helpful. She brought me four dresses to try on with the hopes that one of them would fit me right and look amazing.
I tried the first one on (it was black) and it looked so good on me. It made me look much smaller that I really am, which all women like that in a dress! Everyone loved it! So, then I tried on the next one (it was green) and it also looked amazing on me. Oh the dilemma! The third dress was a long, cobalt blue, sequined dress. It was a one shoulder dress and was beautiful on me! “Why?!” I cried. “Why do all these dresses look so good on me? How am I ever going to decide?”
Then came the last dress. It was a long, gold sequined dress with a cowl neck. First of all, I would have never picked a gold dress for myself. I am fair-skinned and I thought it would for sure wash me out. But, I tried it on, and when I stepped out of the dressing room everyone gasped and said, “Wow! You look stunning!” I glow in this dress, literally and figuratively. It truly is an Oscar worthy dress that I can not wait to wear on June 9th. Hopefully I won’t trip, LOL!
Please click on the picture to read the article in the Florida Times Union newspaper…I’m so excited for this opportunity. I wasn’t expecting it all. I was actually prepared not to win, so when I found out that I won I cried for quite some time. I’m so blessed and grateful for all the wonderful people in my life, especially my boyfriend. He supported me the whole time I was in school and even now after I’ve graduated. He wants me to be able to do what I love and to be happy. I would have never reached this point without him.
When I was on maternity leave with my youngest daughter, I was watching Oprah and on her show they were talking about following your dreams and doing what you love to do and what you were born to do. Then and there I decided to control my own destiny and change my own circumstances. I didn’t know where I would end up, but I believed enough in myself and my strength as a woman to at least try. Now, three years later, I have won a Student Academy Award (the highest honor for a film student) and I get to go to Hollywood and meet Directors, Writers, Cinematographers, Animators and Actors. It’s like a dream!
I am proof that anything is possible.
“Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful” ~Charles Osgood
I love all three of my children, and yesterday they were very sweet to me. As much as I love them, and love spending time with them, I’m looking forward to the day they venture out on their own as young adults. I know that I will miss them, but I definitely won’t be one of those moms that gets “empty nest syndrome”. I believe it is our job, as mothers, to raise our children to become strong, independent, well-adjusted adults that can make good decisions. They should feel confident about who they are and what they want out of life. They should be respectful of other people and their beliefs, and they should have the courage to follow their dreams.
All I can hope for is that my children prosper as adults. I look forward to the day when they not only love me, but appreciate me.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the selfless, loving mothers out there in the world!
I received the certificate from the Academy yesterday for being a finalist for my documentary Lost Country. I’m so excited and can hardly sleep! There is still about 2 weeks left until I find out if I’m going to California. I’m trying to stay busy and not think about it too much, but it’s very hard. I’m happy to be where I am, and I’m very excited to see what the future holds for me.