My husband recently got this fortune in his cookie: “Don’t let your limitations overshadow your talents.”
He shared it with me because he knows I’ve been going through a hard time out here in LA, struggling through pilot season.
I recently had a crappy audition.
Like super crappy.
Like epic fail crappy.
I was so embarrassed that the moment I got outside the building I burst into tears. The problem was simply that I was in over my head. There was a very high skill level of improv needed in the audition. Mind you, I do indeed have a background in improv. I was in a class years ago. Yes, years. Too long ago because improv is a skill you need to keep up with. It takes practice and exercise and I am simply very much out of practice, so I failed in the room. I cried because I wish I hadn’t – hadn’t melted down, hadn’t imploded, hadn’t buckled under the pressure.
I haven’t had many auditions/opportunities during this pilot season, so I was more than a little bummed that one was wasted by a poor performance. That definitely fueled the tears, too.
But Patrick always has a way of reminding me that I’m special. He makes me feel like I’m a star no matter what. So, maybe I lost that job, but my fortunes are mighty…and as sweet as a cookie.
With my hubby. pic.twitter.com/nRog8Jhle7
— Paige Davis (@RealPaigeDavis) June 15, 2013
You know what Paige, even if you did have a bad audition, your husband is right. You are definitely special. Anyone visiting this website knows that. You are getting back into the groove of things and so what if you fall a few times? As long as ya get back up, you will continue to persevere. That’s what matters in the end. Never give up, because we have no given up on you.
Hey! Chin up kid, brush that one off. So I had to tell you my version of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” over many months – one morning I was flipping channels and saw Homemade Simple and thought of you (long ago I was a huge Trading Spaces fan). Then somehow, I found you wrote a cute, fun book about Trading Spaces, and so I got that at the library, and then I found and followed you on twitter. My daughter and I read blogs for bedtime reading most nights, and there are a few we enjoy, one is http://www.houseofhepworths.com – it’s this totally real gal who documents her REALLY real life home improvement stuff, not all sponsored or anything, and she referred to the grout mess after busting up a tile floor as a Trading Spaces nightmare, like Hildi’s “oasis room”. And omigosh I busted out laughing. So we surfed the internet for a bit, finding all sorts of TS disasters, and bedtime became this whole long story about “What if we could do that with our neighbors”?. And then I stumbled upon your site and blog. And I sooooo hijacked your comments, but you are such a spark, I had to tell you. Fingers crossed that you get the right audition!
Just so you know, I have never turned in a good audition, at least in MY memory, and I loved acting. I could never get the kind of performance that I felt I wanted to reach in auditions, and I have seen B’way performances that were truly inspiring, so you can imagine my frustration trying to give something like that when doing line-reads and competing with people that are nailing it.
I loved you when you had starred in Chicago about 10 years ago. It was really cute, and it was so cool to see you in a live show after just being familiar with you as a TV host. I came away from that with the feeling that you could do so much more than just TV hostess.