Progress Report for Weeks Ending August 5, 2011

This is a report for the last two weeks. I’ve been really bad about blogging lately, but really good about writing, so there you have it. I’m working hard on my novel so it’s been hard to find time to keep up on WannabePride as much as I would like to. I will get better soon, I promise!

What I read: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

                               If You Ask Me, and I Know You Won’t by Betty White

                               Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison (Book on CD)

                               The Change Up (screenplay) of the film starring the charming and delicious Ryan Reynolds

What I Saw:  The Change Up, the film starring the charming and delicious Ryan Reynolds

What I Wrote: 10,000 words. I cracked the 50,000 word mark! My goal is to finish the first draft of the novel by Saturday, Sept. 2. That’s the Friday of the Labor Day weekend. I’d love to be done by then at the latest.

JERKS

Right now I am working on writing articles that may be helpful to Wannabes as I hope to use this site as not only a place to share and commiserate, but also to learn. I am working on an article on what to expect during a first audition and I have contacted several theater professors for their help. I am also contacting English professors for writing advice for an article. I have received several kind, compassionate answers (mostly email but one very friendly voicemail). It makes me so excited to know that others are so eager to help us Wannabes on our climb.

So why is it that the jerks always stand out more?

I got one email that simply said “Since this is my livelihood, I don’t give out that advice for free.” No, “hello”, no “sorry but..” Jerk. Many of the professors I emailed simply did not respond. They may be too busy (during this end of the school year time, I bet they are truly swamped) or may have any other valid reason not to answer. No problem. But why bother to write back and be an ass about it? NO FAMOUS PERSON, NO MATTER HOW TALENTED, MADE IT TO THE TOP WITHOUT HELP ALONG THE WAY. And who ever heard of a professor who refuses to share any of their knowledge “for free?” What, I need to enroll in your college class if I want your views on Shakespeare? And not everyone can afford to go to college, Poindexter. I really hate that it’s the jerk that stands out in my mind, and not the amazingly kind people who are willing to help.

Speaking of kind people:

Jodi Picoult – yes THAT JODI PICOULT, bestselling, mega-famous, mega-talented, awesome Jodi Picoult answered my email, with kindly advice, less than five minutes after I sent the message.

Other kind people : see earlier blog about the inimitable, incredible, classy, and KIND Betty White.

All you Wannabes out there – DON’T BE A JERK IF YOU EVER HIT IT BIG. Don’t be that guy.

Hear it, learn it, live it.

BETTY WHITE ROCKS

Betty White rocks not only because she is one of the most successful women in the history of entertainment, having been active and working for more than six decades, but because I always get the impression that she hasn’t taken one moment of her success for granted. She often describes herself as the “luckiest broad on two feet”. She’s smart, classy, and hilarious. She’s an inspiration to me as a Wannabe because she seems so grateful for her success. I think we’ve all heard seemingly clueless, successful people in the biz who seem to think their success is totally deserved and their star will continue to rise indefinitely (one starlet, who shall remain nameless, seems to think starring roles in summer blockbuster grow on trees so she doesn’t have to actually “try” to be good at what she does). There is often a very fine line between great success and nine to five-ing it for the rest of your life, no matter how talented you might be. So cheers to a classy lady who deserves her success and is grateful for every moment oof it. GOOD LUCK ON SNL TONIGHT, BETTY!