Recapping the series, if you’re just joining us…
This is a feature I first ran in 2012, and it proved to be quite successful, because I received a healthy number of responses, most of which I shared right here on S&A, and all of which were well-received by readers. So I thought I’d reboot the series, and continue it, 2 years later.
In short, I know that a significant chunk of S&A’s audience comprises of actors, actresses, directors, DPs, editors, composers, etc, etc, etc. Some are able to earn a paycheck utilizing their artistic and/or technical skills; others – and I’d say the majority – are what we’ve labeled the proverbial *starving artists*, working diligently, relentlessly, struggling to climb this incredibly steep hill, trying to reach some self-defined pinnacle of success – whether personal or professional. And still others exist somewhere between the former and the latter.
Where do you fall? And, as the title of this post states, what’s YOUR story, and would you like to share it with the rest of the world?
I’m looking for your individual stories of struggle and/or success, regardless of what rung on the ladder you are currently on.
It takes a certain amount of courage to be able to be vulnerable and share one’s plight, but I suppose that’s exactly what I’m asking for; After all, not only is S&A just a source for news, its goal is also to become a community of cinema lovers where we can all share/debate/discuss/learn/teach/commiserate/etc.
Here’s your chance. You might learn something; you might teach someone something.
So what’s YOUR story? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with "What’s your story?" in the subject line. You can submit your story in any format – written, or even documented on video. It could be a story about a current situation you find yourself in; or it could cover several days, weeks, months, or years. It could be that you just want to vent your frustrations; aspects of, or people in this business that enrage you; aspects of, or people in the industry that encourage you. It doesn’t have to be all negative, nor all positive. We’re complex people, and so I assume our stories are as well.
If you’re uncertain of how to present your story, check out past submissions here.
In the 5th of more still to come, actress, voice over talent, and model, Trinity Simone tells her story:
I am Trinity Simone. I am often referred to as “an ol’ soul,” a young girl wise beyond my years. I reside in the Atlanta area and I am pursuing my goals as an actress, voice over talent and model. I initially became interested in acting at the ripe ol’ age of 5. While watching “That’s So Raven,” one of my favorite TV shows, I was drawn in. I didn’t watch much TV, not because my parents didn’t allow it, but they preferred I read, to build my knowledge base, play outside, to get fresh air and exercise, or help in the kitchen to learn how to cook and familiarize myself in the kitchen for latter years. One thing about my parents, there was always a lesson behind their instruction. But when I did watch TV, I was always tuned into the show where this little girl looked like me, acted like me and she was the star of the show. That was the very moment that piqued my interest and from that moment on, I knew what I was going to do with the rest of my life. My parents will tell you that they introduced me to acting to build my confidence in a public speaking aspect, but my personal recollection is a more accurate depiction of how I ended up in this field. And as I took classes and worked on my craft, opportunities presented themselves and I landed an agency. Not only did I land an agency, I became Sag-eligible!
I have experienced the ups and downs of this industry. I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing talent, been directed by some amazing Directors and I’ve shot with some highly sought after photographers. I have an acting Coach now, who’s worth his weight in gold. I’ve landed Voice Over broadcasting spots on the radio, I’ve been in Music videos, Industrials, Films, and Commercials and now I’m waiting for a TV spot. No worries, in due time. It will come, but only when it’s time. On the flip side of show business, I’ve sat and I’ve waited. I’ve gone months without a call from my agency, while I witnessed others frequent auditions and land roles. Through it all, I have learned that “what’s for me, is for me and no one can take that away from me.” I am never in competition with anyone but myself. I always challenge myself to be a better me than I was yesterday. And if I’m not on set, or going to auditions, or in class, I just live. I live and experience life as an 11 year old should and know that my life experiences will influence my acting career in a positive way. This business is not for the faint of heart. This business can make you feel like you’ve been sideswiped; completely knocking the air out of you, but it can also take you to the moon and back. I’ve been to several auditions without callbacks, but that’s part of the process. But on the special days that I receive callbacks and book roles, those are the days that make it all worthwhile. I have achieved some of my most exhilarating highs in this business. I’ve experienced things in my life that some will never experience. I’ve met individuals that positively impacted me in a way that I’ll never forget. I’ve learned a lot in this business and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have crossed paths with people that want to see me do big things. My day-to-day grind can be a little hectic at times, but this is what I want to do. When I started this journey, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I do know that it’s going to be worth it.
I am grateful for my family and friends that support my dreams. I am most appreciative for my mom and dad, the backbone of my success. I would not be where I am today without their continued support. They help me with my scripts, they wait for me for extended periods of times while I’m being trained, they drive me from location to location, they are present with me on set, they do it all. They felt my passion at a very young age and they embraced it. We started this journey together and for that I am fortunate.
Some of my most recent highlights that I’m most proud of are my featured role in the upcoming moving “Selma”, which is directed by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. In addition, I’ve just completed a number of community awareness spots for the injustices that are occurring throughout the US. I’m a change agent and I will use my voice to help change the world. I want to help alleviate pain and suffering and promote human welfare.
It’s been a long road and I have such a long road to track. I plan to take this industry by storm. I’ve been here before and I plan to use all of my knowledge as my navigation device. I am focused, grounded and I must stay the course. It might be a rollercoaster of a ride, but I’m looking forward to soaring to new heights! Be on the look out for Trinity Simone!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trinity-Simone/264914220257443; Twitter: @mstrinitysimone