“Goodbye, Ashley,” my dad whispers as he closes the door to my new L.A. apartment. He’s off to catch his early morning flight back home to Michigan, and as the door click shuts, I realize that I am a two thousand miles from everyone I know, doing the one thing I thought I’d never do – live alone.
“Wow,” I think to myself. “I must really want this.” This being living in L.A., working as an actor, and one day, becoming a star.
I was twenty-two, and everything felt possible.
It didn’t matter that I didn’t have friends yet or even a car. I only had one job booked and no idea when my next job would be. But, there were palm trees outside my window, skyscrapers gleaming in the sunlight, and the salty smell of the ocean with just a hint gasoline.
Ten-ish years ago, I found myself doing a lot of firsts…
My first apartment on my own.
My first car.
My first car accident.
My first paid acting job.
My first time on a movie set.
My first celebrity encounter.
My first In-N-Out burger.
Some firsts were more important than others, but there are still days I crave an In-N-Out burger.
I no longer live in L.A. When I look outside my windows, I see pine trees, and the tallest buildings do not scrape the sky. But, I still dream.
Ten-ish years ago, I discovered that dreams aren’t always easy. Life rarely goes as planned. Priorities change and you face choices you never thought you’d have to make.
I believe we are all dreamers, but I think that as we grow older, we learn that dreaming can be scary. What if you fail? What if everyone laughs at you? What if you lose everything?
We all have dreams that didn’t come true. We all have choices we wish we could go back and change. But, the beauty of life is that all of the good things and all of the bad have led to who you are in this moment. And, if you don’t like who you are, there is time to change.
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Don’t be afraid to do the work to make your dreams come true.
When I was twenty-two, I moved to L.A. to become a working actor.
Nearly ten years later, I’m still acting.
What’s your dream?
P.S. If you like this post, you might enjoy Living that L.A. Life: An Actor’s Tale.
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