Zoom is the medium for nearly all of my acting workshops and classes. I stepped away for a class one night when we had guests. When my partner & I finished our first pass at the scene, I turned to see I had a spectator who had stepped into the room behind me. I said, “I’m nearly done” and he left as I went through the second pass and ultimately finished that night’s class.
When I reentered the room with my family and our guests the spectator asked, “what were you doing?” I said, “it was one of my acting classes.” He said, incredulously, “acting classes? At your age?” And the room went silent. I simply smiled and said cheerfully “sure, why not?” He shrugged, and the conversation turned elsewhere.
I’m a Gen-Xer at mid-life and at the peak of my “day job” earning potential as a Project Portfolio Manager. And I can appreciate why someone might be perplexed at my putting myself through the challenges and vulnerability of acting classes. But that’s not what this person meant. They were judging. And so what? In general I am well supported and anyway, I am having fun and believe in what I am doing.
See, I embody the opening quote. Professionally, I’ve been a disc jockey, a salesman, a philosopher, a librarian, a network engineer, a database manager, a project manager, a scrum master, a portfolio manager, and a voice actor. Personally, I am a woodworker, a gardener, a reader, a writer, a craft beer enthusiast, a sailor, and a motorcycle guy. And who know what else I’ll be before I fade out.
This is not more “follow your dreams” advice. It’s just an example of what a person can do when they ignore potential limitations, control their fear, and just keep trying new things. There are consequences, sacrifices and down sides to be sure, but the truth is, you’re already dealing with that. And probably for reasons much less noble than being what you might have been.