Doug keeps telling me to write on here sharing my ‘real world’ experience so I decided the story of how I got to where I am today was the best way to start.
I am Currently working as a full time Casting Assistant at a casting company called Carlyn Davis Casting (www.carlyndavis.com). We are located in the DC/Baltimore area. I started as an intern last October and was offered a full time position by mid December.
For me it started with BOLDNESS and taking those first steps – even if the first step was just a decision to take action.
I left CCM in June of ’07 after almost three years of the program. I originally moved out to the DC area to live with family and save money before heading to LA – which is where I was sure I was SUPPOSED to be – but I have learned that if you Trust God He will put you where HE wants you and most likley where you need to be . (I guess Solomon wasn’t lying when he said “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9)
I am an actor so naturally I was going to auditions, doing extra work etc… (that process is a whole nother story to be shared another time) but I knew I needed a job where I could make some stable money. While doing extra work I was thinking about how I had really enjoyed casting while I was at CCM so I decided to pursue that. My first step of boldness: I decided I was going to go into the casting company I was doing extra work through and just straight up ask for a job or an internship – which is totally not like me to do! Luckily I did some research first and found a posting on Craigslist for an internship at the Casting Company I am currently at. I contacted them, set up and interview and the rest was God. As far as how I got the full time gig – really it was getting to the point where the part time – non-paid – internship was not cutting it – I needed to pay the bills – I needed something to do during the days I was not interning….so I hit my knees – I prayed all day as I was cleaning or doing whatever – randomly through out the day I would find myself on my knees again crying out to God (I did not understand what was going on inside – I was so restless and… I don’t even know). Again I decided to be bold and was going to ask if there was any possibility for a full time position at the company. The next day I found out the full time intern was leaving and I was offered her position. The Lord was so faithful to put me where I was needed and in an environment that I needed to be in. It turned out that my boss is a Christian as well as all the interns I was working with at the time. The interns and I started praying together in the mornings and we saw the company really grow in success. I have developed some really good relationships both professionally as well as Spiritually. One of my closest friends in the area is my Co-worker Suzanne. It is great to have someone to be challenged with and grow with on a daily basis.
I have so much more to share about life, about balance, about the process of transition, and so much about the business…but I will save all of that for another post(s).
Until Next time…
Nicole Annable (class of ’06)