Although living your dream can be amazing, it can also be hard, writes author Annie Wood…
One day, when I was late for a family function due to an audition, I apologized to my then fourteen-year-old niece who cheerfully responded with, “It’s okay, you’re following your dream and sometimes that’s hard.” I was blown away that she not only understood my life but seemed to also admire it. Because it’s easy for those of us following a creative path to forget that, yes, this life we have chosen is awesome, but sometimes, it’s freakin’ hard.
I came in knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I devoured books on acting and writing since I could read (which was very young thanks to my dad who read to me from the day I was born. Thanks, Pops!) I took classes, joined theatre companies and thrusted myself into the life. I never said, “I want to be an actress. I want to be a writer.” I declared it as mine from the get go. “I am an actress. I am a writer.” Then I backed up those statements by doing. We’ve all heard the saying, “writers write.” Well, yeah. It feels like common sense and yet when you ask some self-declared writers what they’re working on… they’re not. Which is fine if it’s just a hobby. I mean, it’s terrific if you can find acting, writing, painting, singing, dancing, cooking, any type of creative outlet to enrich your life. You don’t need to pursue any of it as a career goal but… if you have made the chose that this will be your life, your work, what you leave behind… then there’s no time like now to begin it and to actually do it.
At first I pursued acting as a career with intense ambition and writing was just something I did that kept me sane. But when I saw the first comedic scene I ever wrote performed on a Hollywood stage when I was sixteen, I knew I loved writing as much as I loved acting. I produced one of my plays in my early twenties and my first book of short stories, Where Would I Be Without Me? (on Amazon) is a collection of short stories that I wrote throughout my twenties. I remember that, even though I had put that scene and play out there… before the book, I was still very cautious about sharing most of my work. I felt that sharing my writing with anyone was so intimate, as if I was showing someone my insides. It scared me. Somehow along the way I realized that I don’t write just for myself. If I did, I would never have desired to be published or produced in the first place. The truth, my truth, is that in order for me to be a true storyteller, I needed more than to just write the stories, I needed to tell them. And to tell you need an audience. Now I make sure to write and submit what I write to contests, theatres, producers and industry friends for feedback. When I wrote season one of my web-series, Karma’s a B*tch (I play the role of Karma) it was mainly because I felt the need to act and write and also to share what I act and write.
That’s my life in a nutshell. Write the stories. Share the stories.
I’ll leave you with my favorite bit of advice to anyone choosing a creative career path in life…
Keep Creating. Keep Positive. Keep Showing Up.
Dandy Day is a thirty-five-year-old free-spirited, commitment-phobic, Venice Boardwalk roller-skating waitress. When Dandy is suddenly dumped by her therapist, right when they were on the brink of figuring out why her relationships last only a whopping three months, Dandy decides to take her relationship issues into her own hands. With the reluctant help of her lifelong best friend, Simon, Dandy tracks down her exes one by one and does a relationship autopsy on each of them in order to get to the bottom of her relationship challenged life.
Annie Wood is a Hollywood native, lifelong actress and writer. She’s an award-winning playwright with a hit web-series , Karma’s a B*tch which has over 1.7 million views and was Best of the Web on Virgin America. As an actress, you may have seen Annie in the Dane Cook/Jessica Alba film, Good Luck Chuck and in the Nick Cassavetes film My Sister’s Keeper. She recurred on Ted Danson’s sitcom, Becker, and was the host of the nationally syndicated dating game show, BZZZ! She was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. As a writer she was part of the NBC/UNIVERSAL showcase, has been published, produced and awarded. Annie is committed to telling stories that have plenty of humor and heart and hopes to move folks with laughter and love to all who watch and read her stuff.Also, she can juggle.