I've been having a bit of a problem lately that I am not going to provide lots of specifics about because the specifics don't belong on the interweb. I stood up for myself. I was given a forum in which I could talk about the issues I'm having, so I took it. I asked questions. I talked about the roadblocks I feel like I've been facing. And the response was great. Things got sorted, guidance was provided, and we started as a group to figure out how to avoid these same kinds of issues moving forward. It was a very adult thing to do, and I'll be honest: as an introvert, it took a lot out of me. Afterward, even though the end result was positive, I really needed a bit of a cry. I didn't have one, but I needed one.
The extension of this, though, was that two people who were witness to my standing up for myself (and participants in the ensuing conversation) thanked me afterward. They have encountered similar issues and were too timid to say anything. One of them even said I inspired her to try harder moving forward to ask the questions that need to be asked, even when they are difficult. So I find myself not only a working actor in New York within two weeks of moving here, but an inspiration to my peers in the non-theatre world when it comes to standing up for oneself. Who am I and when did this happen?
I'm proud of the person I am becoming in New York, and what's more, I like her. Change can be a good thing, a very good thing, if you are open to it.
Be open to it.