Here we are, already two full months into 2013, and it's time for my favorite type of blog post — another Featured Artist In Action! This time around, we're shining the spotlight on an actress whose drive and commitment can serve as a bit of inspiration for everyone out there who feels like they're constantly making sacrifices for their goals. Kat Ventura came to my Path Class last year with a one-year goal that seemed nearly impossible due to financial and other obstacles. But, she stayed the course, dug in her heels, and did what she had to do in order to make her dreams a reality. It's the sort of story that makes me beam with pride and feel great about what I do. So, let's turn things over to Kat and hear about it in her own words.
1. When you first started working with Capes Coaching, what were your goals?
My first goal was just simply finding Inner Balance! After purchasing Artists In Action, and many Mantra Challenges later...I was finally able to dig deeper and make sense of this tornado of thoughts that was brewing.
Along with my career/performing goals — there was something screaming at me: "Move to LA."
2. What have you accomplished since then?
I have a clear plan of action!
I tried to do things in steps so I wasn't overwhelmed. I downsized my life in NYC until I made the decision to move altogether. To help me save money, I made a sacrifice and came home to stay and enjoy my family before my LA move date. I was then able to go out to LA and check things out, audition, etc., beforehand.
I am also able to brush up on my driving skills, which were weak and very rusty!
3. What has been your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?
Money, dinero, scratch, paper, moolah...you get the point. We all need this for our careers; from headshots to classes to MetroCards. It's a love/hate relationship between money and myself. We need couples therapy! I thought I would never have enough money to move. I often felt paralyzed with bills and debt. Here in NYC we work so hard and everything goes to our rent.
The Giving Challenge was a breakthrough for me; I felt great giving to others, and if I had to spend a bit of money — I didn't even think twice. There is a flow to money, but most important I felt great giving and not panicked about my bank account. I have to remind myself of this when I start to worry about my finances.
4. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out?
Everything is in pencil; it's OK to erase!
I had a list of so many "goals" for myself over the years; but what I realize now is that I was making RULES for myself. When these "rules" did not happen for me...look out! I would really beat myself up and actually become depressed.
It wasn't until 2012 that I could actually take a deep breath and say, "Ok, that did not work out like I thought. Let's erase, smile and move forward." As much I would love to orchestrate every detail of my life — I cannot. I have to let go and trust that my path is MY path.
5. What are you currently working on?
I'm packing! I found an apartment when I was in LA last month for meetings. I move on Feb. 20th...my one-year Path goal was March 29th. I am ahead of schedule and so proud that I stayed committed.
Once I land, I have a strategy and a new set of goals. I have no idea what will happen, and I am so happy to say that I am completely open to that!
6. Anything else you feel like sharing?
I think it is so important to shake things up for yourself and have an adventure. Get out of your comfort zone. Face a fear. The time is now!