Starting out [as an actor], the primary objective is to get a job, to get a role, to get some sort of employment, to be heard. Then as you get the face and the name recognition, all the things you were fighting for, then a funny thing happens, you get more selective. More people know you, more people want you for different jobs. They want you not for your dreams but to have their dreams come through. If those two things do not meet then it is not a job that I am going to accept because I still have dreams and aspirations. I still want to meet challenges and be fulfilled. That means I will have to say ‘no’ to some jobs because I just don’t want to be paid, I want to be fulfilled. I want to give of myself. I want something that requires a little of my soul and my spirit, that is how I’ve always been. If I take a job, I don’t like to feel like I’m lying to the public. I want to work and I want to be drawn to projects and for more reasons than just the money. I’m not down to beans and water yet, so I’m cool. - Angela Bassett
I adore her.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy."
My favorite part of my favorite poem, Desiderata (via luciwithani)
Always be happy.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others,” he once said."
Nelson Mandela dies at 95
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died, President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.
See more at Breaking News.
Photo: Mandela takes the oath on May 10, 1994, during his inauguration in Pretoria as the country’s first black president. “The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” Mandela said. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.” (Walter Dhladhla / AFP - Getty Images)
May he rest.
The best writing is revision.
I learned this by being a newspaper reporter and having daily, then hourly deadlines while juggling writing for print with blogging and updating stories online. When I was young, I disliked the editing process. It felt like unnecessary interrogation. I had been writing for myself and I was paid to write before I graduated college.
Maybe my grammar wasn’t always perfect, but I put my heart on the page. For a long time, I let my ego and arrogance interfere with my ability to let stories, essays and poems get better because I felt like when I wrote them they were just automatically awesome.
I’m in this great music video to raise money for Bitch Media. Just a warning, the song is catchy.
"6. Say aloud and often you are better off friends, not just because it’s true, but because there should be walls, low and easy to clear, but resolutely erected: piled, pebbled markers on an otherwise boundless affection; a redistricting of wide-open spaces you once claimed as your territory: Time, Enthusiasm, Mouth, Conversation. Accept that it is all shared domain. Accept that there are moments when he is not open to the public. Understand that you are now the public. Mercifully, this cuts both ways: you are also your own again. These days, you are greeting yourself in mirrors as you would a long-lost friend."
Write in your own voice.
Being published brings a quiet joy, but it doesn’t transform your life, and eventually you have to write again.
'Devotion and commitment will be their own reward.'"
"Almost. It’s a big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy. Almost changed. Almost, but not quite. Not yet. Soon, maybe."
—Joan Bauer, Almost Home (via larmoyante)
"Whenever I’m asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely vital, is to tell stories and listen closely to the stories you’re being told.” ― John Green"