Yesterday my 10 year old asked me "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and I projectiled back in time to when I was 10 and I told my mother I wanted to be a Broadway star. Andrea McArdle had done it in Annie and I wanted to, too. My mother said "Forget it, you're a little Chinese girl, no one will give you parts, your heart will be broken."
I wrote a letter to Playbill, asking if that was true, and they wrote back something to the effect of: "whether you're Oriental or Occidental, the life of an actor is hard." There went that dream, and countless other "unrealistic" goals in years to come.
I never thought that in my 40s I would finally speak back to that loving but fierce Tiger Mom, and say "I'm doing it, I'm pursuing my dream of becoming a writer. Yes, it's competitive, yes I may fail. But I'm doing it anyway." For the first time, I don't need to act like anyone but myself.
I am thrilled to see that Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) is developing a documentary-style program for Yahoo! called "The Failure Club." He is casting 7 brave souls who are ready to face their fear of failure in order to achieve their life's dream. I did think, briefly, of applying. But I think I'm too old to play Annie. I'm happy to write about those who do, though!
So, fear not, Facing Forty Upside Down family - Turn on your cameras, tell your story. Say what you really want to be.
Deadline's tomorrow, Oct 7 - Apply here:
We can't wait to see who gets in!
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