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You Asked: Should I Follow My Dreams?

Dear Sugar--

Ok ok, I know this is a pretty broad question, but I'm a 29 year old female (and I'm not getting any younger) who lives in Boston and has an office job. Needless to say... I hate it! I know I should be grateful for what I have and I definitely am, but I'm way too creative and passionate for this!!! I also don't have a degree either so it makes it even harder to search for a good job.

However I've always wanted to get into acting, I absolutely love it... I love the movies, I love the way they make me laugh and cry, especially because the actresses are truly amazing. I know this sounds crazy but I feel like given the right opportunity I'd be the right person for the job! (given the right job, ha) I know crazy right? But I wake up every morning and think about it. I watch commercials and movies and reenact them, and I feel this strange feeling in my heart and soul when I just think about the possibility of having a career that I love. I by no means want to be a Hollywood "starlet." I just want to contribute something and get something back in return. Am I wishing on a falling star? Could this really happen?

--The Girl Who's Asking For Too Much?

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Dear The Girl Who's Asking For Too Much?--

You are a lucky girl and do you know why? You actually know what your dream is. You know what you want to do with your life. You know what will make you happy.

Here's the thing - you don't want to wake up tomorrow, quit your job and run down the street screaming "I'm an actress!" Not yet anyway. Keep plugging away at your boring job (that pays the bills), and find ways outside of work to channel that creative energy. Local playhouses are always having try-outs for shows and 1-act plays, so give it a try. Get your feet wet in the theater river so you can see if you really like acting after all. If you do, you can sign up for acting classes and who knows, maybe you'll get discovered!! On the flip side, you may realize that you wouldn't want to do it ALL the time after all, but that a few hours a week may satiate your passion.

I think it's awesome that you want a job that makes you happy. E. Jean said it best, "go work somewhere you will LURVE working". Money isn't everything, so if I were you, I'd follow your dreams.


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