Recently in My Meisner Technique class, we had a project entitled the $50,000 Project. In this class we follow Sandy Meisner's belief in "acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. " Essentially, in this assignment if we had $50,000 how would we spend it on our personals dreams (not paying any bills)? We had to calculate it out and make a PowerPoint of how and where each dolls amount was spent. As I watch all my fellow classmates present their projects, I enjoy seeing them light up, laugh, and truly enjoy getting to talk about their own dreams. I get to see certain happiness and spark about them that I have never seen previously in class. As, I work on my own PowerPoint; I enjoy really looking into the details of certain aspects and see how possible one my dream vacations can truly be.
Last month I participated in a 3-day workshop entitled "Next Step in Being the Change." presented by Challenge Day. Amongst the many amazing exercises, the one that really stood out to me took place during break. On break we were instructed on telling someone about our dream lives in detail; dream job, dream place of residence, dream car, dream vacations, etc. I was actually surprised by some of the things I shared, mostly because I never spoken them out loud.
Currently, I have multiple jobs all of which I work with youth and teens. I realized that this is something I want to continue doing. While working with these teens, I am constantly reminded about all the struggles and hardships most teenagers go through on a daily basis. I am sometimes get taken back and reminded of my middle school and high school days and how the same issues I dealt with are still an ongoing issue. I want to be able to empower youth, inspire them, and remind them that they are our future leaders! I want them to know they are here for a reason and each one of them can change the world. In doing so, I want to be able to use theatre and the arts to travel and empower diverse groups of teens and youth. A sort of motivational speaker, if you will. That is my dream job.
Ever since I spoke this out loud, it has become more real and I continue to pursue it. I have been asked by a local continuation high school to come and lead some exercises with their students, personal friends have asked me to help them lead empowerment exercises, and my current teens constantly ask for me to lead some more. I AM living my dream and you can too!
You are already living, that's the easy part. Now start dreaming, dream big and share your dreams with the world. Remember the more you talk about them and discuss them, the more real they can become.
I leave you with one more dream: I wish to someday go on a real African Safari!
Now tell me, what are your dreams and aspirations? :)