Today’s movie, Larry Crowne, is one of my favorite KINDS of movies. Romantic comedy, known in the industry as RomCom, is a favorite escape. Humor, romance, some kind of silly conflict to over come, popcorn and familiar faces as I sit in a dark theater with a big screen. (I’m not a movie-at-home/Netflix kind of gal!)
What I think I like most about this one is that it is also directed by Tom Hanks. Now there’s an actor to admire not only because of his acting but for how he lives his life. He’s managed to have a life and career untouched by controversy, drug or alcohol abuse, has a loving marriage…heck, he’s a GREAT guy and creates an atmosphere on his set of fun, play and ease. He hasn’t written a tell all, produced any illegitimate children, screwed over any partners or done anything that anyone could call him a bad guy for. I’ve seen interviews about the atmosphere he created on this movie…playful, easy, and no “struggle” allowed. He’s loved by cast and crew alike and that translates to what we viewers see on the screen.
And that’s the point – a career filled with joy and pleasure, goodness and abundance, starts with a life that is full of the same. Many actors seem to think that a successful career is what will have them have a happy and successful life. I think it’s the other way around. If you enjoy what you’re doing in life, then that IS success. Stop struggling (it’s optional!) and start enjoying the process.
Lighten up, have fun, and like Larry Crowne, make the best out of what some could consider a set back. Life is what you make it and so is your career! I’d love to hear how you are ENJOYING the process of pursuing your acting career! Tips or hints to help other readers take the struggle away would be very much appreciated! Lisa Gold