Name: Jacqueline Woodberry
My Challenge: In 1997 I decided to quit acting and become a regular person, whatever that means. I found a decent job and tried to blend in. I walked around with a smile on my face but I was literally dying on the inside, I felt like a piece of my soul was missing. It lasted for 10 years. God knows how I survived.
My Approach: I decided that, perhaps, if I excelled at my job that would make me happier. I learned everything I needed to know about the company and received promotion after promotion. I helped people by teaching them everything I knew and then let them fly on their own. I had the attention of the higher ups and felt respected. The only problem was I still felt empty and frankly extremely depressed.
My Inspiration: In 2007 my life changed. I prided myself on how I supported everyone else’s dreams and was happy when others succeeded. One day, Amy, a co-worker invited me to go shopping on our lunch hour. She was younger than me and had a great exuberance. We talked and I told her that in my “previous life” I was an actor and how much I loved it. The next thing that happened was extraordinary, what I now know was divine intervention. “Why don’t you move to Los Angeles and start acting again?” Amy asked. It’s funny, I had been asked the same question by others who knew me well and I always dismissed the idea. But there was something about the way she asked that made sense. I decided it was time to revisit my dream.
I only knew Amy from work, other than that we were virtually strangers, but she took such an interest in me. After I put in my two week notice she came to my desk and said “I have some vacation time coming up so I will drive to California with you.” I thought to myself, “Wow God you are working overtime!” In April of 2008 Amy and I left Texas and drove all the way to California. I got an apartment and Amy stayed until I was settled then she flew back home. We stayed in touch and she was so happy for me. Approximately seven months later I received a call telling me that Amy had died in a car accident. She was my Angel; she lost her life but had given mine back to me.
My Victory: I had found a very flexible job that allowed me to go on auditions. My boss was very supportive and in turn I worked my tail off for her. One day I received a call from a casting director for the film, Transformers 3! She said that the director had selected me from an acting website and offered me a role as an extra! I thought this is wonderful but I have a job, and the film needed me for at least two weeks! Furthermore they wanted me at the studio in two hours for a costume fitting. I took a deep breath and went to talk to my boss. She was more excited than me! She said I could have the two weeks off and she actually drove me to the studio for my fitting!
My Lesson: We are all put here for a special reason. Listen to the voice that stirs within you and take action.
My Prayer: Never give up on your passion. You are a being of the highest power, live a life that reflects that!