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modeling & talent ● breaking into showbiz By Adam Hill You Have a Dream Following your passion means ﬁnding a balance between the priorities of your daily life and taking the steps to achieve your goals W hen Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the im- mortal words, “I have a dream...” they res- onated with millions of people. Reverend King’s dream was epic in affecting a major change that still vibrates to this day. The rest of us may share his dream, but we also have a more person- al dream. Our own individual dreams which resonate equally epic in our lives. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew his dream wouldn’t hap- pen overnight and that it would take the efforts of many. He knew that, as each obstacle was destroyed, his dream would come closer to being realized. What is important is he knew his dream would eventually be realized. His belief never wavered. We are ever grateful to this courageous vi- sionary for his dream. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” - Colin Powell A student approached me recently and asked how she was to respond to people who didn’t support her dream of being an actress. My guidance has been sought on this sub- ject many times. Initially, I would tell the actor to share how deeply they are committed. How the loss of their dream would be devastating to them. In time, I simpliﬁed my re- sponse. I told this young actress to thank the person for his concern and say nothing else. How do you adequately ex- press your dream? Not all of us have the eloquence of Mar- tin Luther King, Jr. “Don’t you ﬁnd it odd that when you’re a kid, everyone, all 94 PAGEANTRY BOYHOOD DREAMS: The star of Boyhood, Ethan Hawke, pursued his own boy- hood ambition and has written two novels, “The Hottest State” and “Ash Wednesday,” as well as several screenplays. the world, encourages you to follow your dreams? But when you’re older, they act offended if you even try.”—Ethan Hawke PUTTING DREAMS INTO ACTION Don Draper, aka Jon Hamm, once said, “I don’t have dreams, I have goals.” What are goals? They are dreams in action. Write your dreams down in a large font. Under- neath it, begin listing all the things you need to do to ac- complish that dream. Begin looking at your life in terms of immediate and long term goals. “The biggest adventure you can take in life is to live your dream.”—Oprah Winfrey WHAT DO YOU DO TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM? Priorities! Lists and more lists. If your dream is the high- est priority in your life, then begin doing what is necessary today. Make a list of what needs to be done in order to achieve your immediate goals. Once done, organize that list from the easiest to most time-consuming activities. Two of the most powerful words, if used consistently, are Speciﬁc and Clarity. Be clear, speciﬁc and stay focused. Start living your dream. It is all too possible, with what goes on in our day-to-day lives, to be deterred from our goals. Be aware of these de- terrents and the effect they have on your life. “Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving towards your goals.”—LL Cool J SHOWBIZ Continued on page 134