“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort

So true guys. We, and our methods of motivation and determination, is what either keeps us from touching the stars or aids us in our journey. It’s so important to have something- e.g. a belief or a goal- a reason that keeps us going. If you are doing something, or pursuing a career, or are defending a person or situation that doesn’t motivate you, then there is no passion in what you are doing. I believe that half of our motivation must come from the want to do what we are doing. If we don’t want it, then we cannot be motivated to succeed in it.

a  Don’t ever let your motivation be determined by what other people think, you can be anything…everything! (if you haven’t guessed it yet, I really like using pictures in my blog to express my overall topic of discussion).

b I have always been a person whose had to make things happen for myself, whether that be by practicing really hard so that someone will notice, or literally making that person notice by going out and grabbing what I want. My motivation comes from the fact that I don’t have much, I never really did. I’ve always worked hard, I’ve always felt tired, or exhausted, like I was pulling through only to realize that the finish line has been pulled back. I’m not wallowing in self pity, I know there are other people just like me, and people with plenty who have to try just as hard: acting is not a cookie cutter career and if you’re looking for handouts this isn’t the career for you. However, that desire to not only pursue my dream, but be successful enough to have what I was never given as a child, that’s what keeps me going. I want to be in film. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been brought up on theater: on backstage changes and bobby pins pulling too tight. I just think film is what I really want to pursue.

Another thing that motivates me is how many times I’ve been brought down about my career choice. I’m sure all my fellow actors can say that they’ve heard their fair share of “that’s not practical” or “you want to be a starving artist?” to the point where we all want to pull our hair out. YES! I want to act, I want to entertain. It that means small studio apartment with the toilet in the kitchen and the bed in the closet, so be it. If that means a mac and cheese diet for months, so be it. If that means riding the subway takes up more of my day than actually doing anything else, then so be it, because I love what I do. The people that keep telling me how hard it is, or how I’m never going to make it are the people that I want to prove wrong. Of course, I don’t just base my career off of the revenge of getting back at someone else, that would be false passion. But the look on their faces when they see me succeeding is motivation enough.

c This picture pretty much says it all. I try to put my whole being into everything I do. Each picture in this excerpt is motivation for me. The wise words of someone before who knows how it goes. All I need is passion in my heart and proof that it’s possible to fuel my fire. Peace and Love. -Amanda 🙂

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