Are you letting opportunities pass you by?

So, I am just back from a casting for a commercial advertisement.

A while ago, I had the chance to become a commercial model with a Dublin modelling agency. Let me tell you, I am no model, and probably the least photogenic person I know, but I thought “ah sure why not”, so I went to see if I qualified, and surprisingly they said yes.

Then I thought there would be no chance I was ever going to be called for a job anyway, so I had nothing to lose really.

I was wrong.The other day, I was called for a casting.My first one ever!

I was told to dress up officy, so I did, thanks to the wonderful stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick who sent a fabulous  suit my way (thank you Lisa!).

When I got there, I didn’t know what to expect. I was told to fill out a paper with my measurements (on which unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to fib) and hold it up to my chin. I felt a little like a prisoner, only chic-er. The photographer took a photo.

Then he said, go crazy. I though “whattttt????” and went crazy. Another photo.

Then he said to go crazier but not to jump. I though “jeez!” and went crazy, but I didn’t jump. A third photo was taken.

“Ok that’s it” he said.

So, after about 40 seconds I left slightly confused and bemused. I thought “wow, so this is a little taster of what the world of modelling is about, hey?”

There were many other girls waiting to be “accepted” after me. I don’t know if I will be the chosen one, but what I do know is that I am delighted and proud of myself for jumping into an unexpected opportunity like this one.

Even though I believe that in life it is up to us to make our own opportunities, sometimes life throws some interesting things at us; little gift boxes you have to dare to open to find out what’s inside.

Are you openning your gifts when you receive them? Or are you passing them over to someone else out of fear?

Opportunities are never lost. Someone will take the ones you miss.

Think about how many chances you may have passed by in your life time. Some of them may have appeared to you in disguise, and you may have failed to recognise them. Sometimes opportunity is missed because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Do you have any regrets? If so, there is something you can do about it.

You can start to take more risks, become bolder, have a “what the heck” attitude, be ready to do what it takes, go for it and have fun with it.

Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities.  It also holds pitfalls.  The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o’clock.  ~Woody Allen, “My Speech to the Graduates,” Side Effects, 1980


Taking risks is part of life

Anna

anna@delite.ie



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