I never cease to amaze myself. Not because I'm some supernatural human being who gets it right all the time, but because I am always jumping out there and doing stuff that I'd never thought I'd do. So last week, I acted in a pilot for a summer love series. I'm laughing right now as I type this because I still can't believe I did it. Acting has never been on my goal list, but when the opportunity came, I sized it up, contemplated, consulted wise counsel, then said f**k it...why not?.
When I got the email from the director of the film, my first reaction was, "nah, that's not me....I'm good." So I respectfully decline. But the director (getshotbyagirl) was persistent. So I looked at her previous work and was impressed. I contacted my advisory board (my people lol), and they all said go for it. One of my board members particularly said, "just do your best and have fun." And I took that simple advice to heart. I showed up to the set all chipper and unprepared with no lines memorized and absolutely no knowledge about acting whatsoever. When my turn came, I channeled my inner Angela Bassett, gave my all, and made sure I enjoyed every moment of it - even the bloopers. Almost six hours and 900 acting attempts later, the film was a wrap....and I had once again tried faith and won.
I went home that night (or morning) feeling good not because I gave an Oscar-worthy performance, but because I enjoyed myself. Going into new territory always makes me a little uneasy and this time was no different. But what really helped me conquer this experience was my attitude about just having fun. Life is but a blink of an eye, why not enjoy ourselves as much as possible while we live it?
I'm not sure when the series will be released, and I'm actually not tripping either. I'm just enjoying the different roads life is placing in my pathway. Acting surely wasn't a road I asked for, and I have no idea where it will lead. My goal is just to trust the One who does and have fun while doing so.
Currently smelling the roses,
- Samjah Iman
Outfit Details: Black Dress // Heels (Steve Madden, very old lol)