By Exposure Contributing Writer- Singer/Actress Maria Howell
My attitude is a grateful one, even when I’m sad, disappointed, or hurt. If I dwelled on being told “no”, “not this time”, or whatever else, I would have quit a long time ago. Instead, after I bounce back from my possible disappointment, my thoughts are, “thank you God, for the opportunity to plan another seed of growth”.
Often times, people ask me questions about getting into the entertainment industry. I must say up front, there are many ways to enter in, but be ready to travel the road and ride it like a rollercoaster. No matter which door you enter in from, the room is always the same, because the required design is one of dedication, perseverance, work (hard and smart), and above all…FAITH. One MUST embrace the fact that, we go in with a plan, but we have to be resilient, if and when that plan changes. And believe me…the likelihood of that happening is very REAL.
I’ve been on my professional journey for 32 years, and the reason why I am able to withstand all of the ups and downs, is simple…I love what I do and I am willing to live in it. I would be lying to myself and to you, if I said, every day is sweet and flowing like a river. It isn’t always easy, balancing life and career, but learning how to navigate and maneuver through it all, is the key. My attitude is a grateful one, even when I’m sad, disappointed, or hurt. If I dwelled on being told “no”, “not this time”, or whatever else, I would have quit a long time ago. Instead, after I bounce back from my possible disappointment, my thoughts are, “thank you God, for the opportunity to plant another seed of growth”. God is always working in the background on our behalf and I trust that. So, the least I can do is, be the best “me” I can, and keep it movin’.
As much as I’d love to garner lots of huge film/TV roles, travel the world singing on big stages, and winning awards, the truth of the matter is, it’s more meaningful to not compare myself to anyone, and plug into my purpose. It may not be meant for me to have that type of lifestyle, but then again, maybe it is. I’m not concerned with that, because, as I move forward in my destiny, helping others is a special part of my purpose. It’s my ministry, and I feel privileged. As long as I know my heart is in the right place, I’m happy and at peace. After all, isn’t peace and joy what’s most important in this life? Just tryin to tell you something… Written by contributing writer – Maria Howell (Choir Soloist in the movie version of “The Color Purple) www.mariahowell.com
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