“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing must be attained” ~ Marie Curie
As some of you may know (and I pray eventually everyone will know), we are producing a one-woman show entitled Marie Curie: Rogue Scientist. As I emerge myself in this exciting role, I am fascinated with the similarities between myself and this historic woman. From her commitment, to her gifting, to her dislike of haughty socialites. She had a superior intellect and with unwavering determination she discovered the element Radium. I, however, eked by with a ‘C’ in high school honors chemistry – a class in which I should have never been enrolled.
But there is something for which I have been gifted – creating real and authentic moments between myself and my audience. Engaging people in scenes that provoke in them a question, encourage them to believe, motivate them to act, to reflect, or even save their soul.
Marie used her knowledge of science to give back to the world. I will use my acting to move the world – to change it. Not just to entertain but to inspire. Many people wonder why I am not involved with the latest local musical or pageant. Because that is not what I have been called to do. And as Dwight D. Eisenhower so directly stated, “We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.”
It is my, and our, purpose in life to craft together stories that make us explore “beyond the boarders of conventional wisdom” (G. S. Morales). What is our art saying? How is it affecting our audience? Is it moving anyone? And yes, even comedy and wit can lend to insight. Both theatre and films can be entertaining as well as genuine.
No matter what anyone says. No matter the judgment. This is what I have chosen. This is what God has instilled in me. And “there is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it” (Napolean Hill, Think and Grow Rich).
What God has placed in my heart is true “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). So, I will continue to move forward in my acting career. Starting with unraveling the mysteries of Marie Curie.
Blessings in 2012!