If you’re interested in a television or radio field, I would say go for it, prepare yourself, and have a thick skin because it is highly competitive. People criticize you and you cannot pay attention. There are always people on the sidelines who know you the least that have the most to say. People can be cruel, mostly because they’re bored. Hold your own, have the confidence, and here’s the thing: you are equipped as you are; the rest you can learn. Don’t freak out right away. Just breathe and get through one thing at a time. You have to be fearless and take the risk. Now’s the time.

I always say rejection is redirection. If you think of rejection in this way, you are just being redirected to your right path and where you’re supposed to go. I remember wanting a show so badly. I went to four or five auditions and I thought I could not have done any better, but I didn’t get the gig. Sometimes you just have to realize that role was not meant for you. I didn’t realize it until later, but that show was really not a good fit for me. Everybody has hardships, but a real struggle currently is just getting up at 3 A.M. People don’t realize the toll it takes on you physically and mentally. Juggling jobs and being a single mom, it’s vital to take care of myself. You need to take care of yourself; get your sleep, eat well, work out, so you can thrive in all aspects of your life.

Since we are in the days of Insta-famous people and influencers, everyone sees people living large, and the majority of it all is fake. The problem is people don’t realize the hard work and effort that goes into having that success. For example, Lady Gaga was in the industry for a long time before she made it big. People go into their working years thinking that this will happen quickly for them, but it takes a grind and strong work ethic. Everyone would be at that level if it was easy, right? I personally love to study the habits of highly successful people, and I have found the commonalities to be waking up early, incorporating exercise, and being strategic with your time. Time is priceless. The way you spend your time and energy is critical. You should work on the most important tasks right at the beginning of the day when you are most focused. Don’t be accessible to everyone at all times, which is a big one for me. I used to answer every email and every text right away, but that is not sustainable. Protect your energy and protect your time. As a young professional, you have to grind and work really hard, but keep your focus clear. Don’t listen to people on the sidelines. A lot of people project onto you their unfulfilled potential because they didn’t make it. Why take advice from someone who has never been where you want to go?

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