I was in my first play when I was 5 years old. It was my kindergarten class' Halloween production. The class was divided up into Pumpkins and Ghosts, but I was given the prestigious roll of Witch. I was the only kid who got a special part (obviously my teacher recognized raw talent when she saw it), and after being onstage I was hooked. Since then, I haven't gone more than about a year without being in a production. Acting is my passion and what I've always wanted to do (other than wearing a tutu and prancing about onstage). If I could wave a magic wand and have any dream job I wanted that's what I'd choose.
I visited Los Angeles a few years ago and had the chance to hold an Oscar. I could barely keep my composure as I gave my (much thought about and rehearsed) acceptance speech. I really should look at that picture more often and remind myself what I still want to be when I grow up. I haven't done anything professional in a few years and sometimes I feel like that ship has sailed and that I'm too old to start over again with my efforts at being a professional actor. The time isn't right for me right now. I want to focus on being Jack's mom, but as he gets older, I want to give it another try. I think it's important for me to show him that a living can be made without having to go in to an office everyday. I want him to know that it's possible to make a living wage doing what makes you happy (not that I'm not happy with my current job). I know I most likely won't achieve fame and fortune with acting (a painful realization), but if I could make enough to support the family, I'd settle for that. Happily. An Oscar would be nice, though.