Red Carpet Living…everyday?

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A couple of years ago, I found myself overheated and full of blisters after parking my old VW Cabrio convertible way down the street in Hollywood as I walked to an audition. I’ve learned now, after almost 5 years of living in Los Angeles, to wear my comfortable shoes but bring my beautiful shoes…you know, so I don’t have to struggle in heels while walking the streets searching for the right building.

On this particular hot, summer, Hollywood day, I hadn’t yet learned that little piece of wisdom. As I finally found myself at the casting office door, I paused for a moment to collect myself. My car didn’t have air conditioning, and I had been driving for 30 minutes in 100 degree weather. I was a sweaty, sticky, make-up running, frizzy haired, blistered wreck. I don’t have these moments often, but in that very moment, I found myself feeling so defeated and wondering if it was all worth it. I mean, I knew I looked awful. I was a mess. Even so, I mustered up enough dignity to walk into the room.

When they called me in, it was for some promo/commercial thing. They weren’t very specific about the audition, and there weren’t any sides (lines) to prepare or memorize. As I walked into the audition room, they explained to me that this would be an improv audition. They just wanted me to talk about how grand it would be if I could walk down a red carpet everyday for the rest of my life. To be honest, I’m not sure why I’m going into so much detail with you. I don’t know what exactly it was that made this audition so significant, but something about it stuck into my mind and simply wouldn’t exit.

Confused, I asked, “If you don’t mind explaining a bit further, what do you mean by living everyday walking down a red carpet?”

The irritated casting director replied, “Think about a day like today. If you could just walk down a red carpet, feeling glamorous, sexy, and filled with fame and glory…everyday…forever. Paparazzi everywhere, people screaming your name. Just think about that…and…go…do your thing.”

This was such a funny description to me. Surely, I went along with it and did my audition. But in my mind, very different thoughts were swirling around. You see, I have had my moments on red carpets. Hair and makeup done, glamorously uncomfortable outfits, super tall shoes, smiling for photos. It can be extremely fun for work…on occasion…every once in a while. But something about “everyday” stuck with me. 

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Who would want that? To be phony, unable to talk, having to only smile, stand still, look sexy, and pose…everyday…forever. 

You see, there is a time and a place for the red carpet…but I don’t think I want one in my home. I don’t think I want one in my heart. And I don’t think I want one in my soul.

Walking down the red carpet is fun and exciting for work, but everyday? Everyday I want to be the real me. 

Our world has a really funny way of glorifying and making fame look so glamorous. If you can leave my blog page today remembering just one thing, I want you to remember that whoever you are is much more valuable than sex appeal, an expensive wardrobe, uncomfortable high heels, or a red carpet. Let God choose the carpet that will lead the direction of your life. Who knows, it might just take you down a real “red carpet” at times, but the red carpet isn’t what should guide you everyday.

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