June 4, 2018

“It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersey

A classic interview question is, “Do you have any regrets?”  Of course, it’s natural to look back at old forks in the road and wonder if you took the right path.  But there is no way of knowing how your life would have turned out if you made a different choice. Every decision you have made has lead you to where you are right now. And where you are is where you’re supposed to be.

You can’t change the past. You can only atone for it or learn from it.  We need to re-contextualize disappointments and label them as lessons in life.  If you’ve wronged yourself or someone else, there is no time machine.  You need to own up to that mistake and grow from it. Apologize, forgive, move on, and don’t make the same mistake twice.

Our mistakes are not regrets. They are who we are.  You’ve done it, what’s the use in dwelling on it other than to mobilize yourself to further success.  Do forgive yourself for the bad auditions, the missed lines, the awkward encounters, bad headshots, and the countless mistakes we all make.

There is no set path to being an actor. There is no roadmap.  There is no turn you were supposed to make.  There are no regrets because you’re building your own road to success.  Don’t sit and fret about the past. Push on past the brush and debris and find your pavement.

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