Choices have sacrifices. That means giving up something that you want for something that you want more.

Many people know me from way back, when I was blondish. Not entirely blonde, just enough to soften my hard edges (whether they were real or imagined). 

After my short brunette pixie look caught on my modeling agency was against any changes, with good reason. I was working photoshoots every day, recognized by big brands, casting directors and photographers. A model works years to build a portfolio around a particular look and there’s a point where we need to ride the wave.

I was fortunate in my first career, but it’s time change it up, and now my passion for technology has allowed me a second successful career… Which means I get to look any way I darn well please!

Goodbye Quirky Pixie… Helloooo Empowered Blondie!

 

i am strong

 

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
– Helen Keller

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

We’re raised in households where we celebrate children growing up and then one day *kabam* the world decides we’re getting old and heckles us with senility jokes.

The age of 30 seems to be that pivot point, hence the “29 Forever” phrase all adults throw around. Is this what we want to instill in our youth about their fates, that there’re only 29 good years in store?

I’m not without a sense of humor, but finding our intended path in life is hard enough without a timer ticking down the moment we’re hitting our stride. 

So, on this birth day of mine I celebrate all I’ve learned, all I’ve accomplished and the potential of my future.

Birthday’s aren’t a time to judge, it’s a day to reflect and accept that change is happening… in whatever way you choose to shape it.

Model Paula Patrice At Estiatorio Milos Restaurant in NYC

Model Paula Patrice At Estiatorio Milos Restaurant in NYC, March 21st 2014

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You can’t hide from defeat without also hiding from greatness. 

I can. I will. I must. (repeat)  I CAN! I WILL! I MUST! (repeat)

Scars remind us where we’ve been. They don’t have to dictate where we’re going. 

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The only thing separating a man from his destiny is himself.

People would rather see the vulnerable you than the “perfect” you. Keep it real. 

“Use whatever tools you have to create something you are proud of and get the job done.”  –  Tim Gunn

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Celebrities’ bad behavior is glorified in the press, but you aren’t Justin Bieber, Naomi Campbell or Charlie Sheen. Unless you’re a high-earning celebrity, the high-maintenance ‘tude is a red flag to agents and eventually will land you back on the street.

Adam Lieblein, founder of Acme Talent Agency, tells us 7 ways to Lose An Agent In One Step:

1- Call daily and nag your agent about your schedule.
Your agent is doing their best to get you seen. Stop doubting their abilities.

2- Ask to reschedule audition times.
Agencies consider themselves lucky to get slots from casting directors. Be grateful you got a slot.

3- Skip auditions; hope nobody notices.
See #2. You just took up a slot that could have been reassigned to a grateful actor.

4- Badmouth agents and clients on Facebook.
We actually sign confidentiality agreements at auditions and jobs these days.

5- Complain a lot on set.
Jobs are handled by production experts and you aren’t one of them. Roll with it.

6- Be late for an early morning call time.
Every. Minute. Counts. If you’re missing at a 5:10am call time the client will call your agent at 5:14am. At home.

7- Leave drunken messages on agent voicemails.
Brainstorms, messages of appreciation, appointment confirmations… 
Keep it short, sweet and sober.

These things seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how frequently they happen. Don’t let them happen to you. Be a Professional, say please and thank you, and keep your opinions to yourself.

Read Adam’s entire article in the Casting Networker here.

When we change the way we look at things, things we look at change.