Thanksgiving

happy ross I’m a fan of seasons. Los Angeles is not known for them (let’s be real), but I like new seasons not just for a change in weather, but also a change of perspective. On Thanksgiving Day, ten years ago, my family had much to be grateful for – we’d just moved out of a tiny rental house into a new home. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, our family home has a breathtaking view and enjoys occasional visits from deer and black bears (we appreciate the latter from the safety comfort of our deck). I don’t think I would have appreciated the home nearly as much if I’d grown up with it. Part of me wonders if I would have taken it for granted. It wasn’t the place, but the journey getting there, that put the experience in perspective. It was the journey that created a source for my gratitude.

A view from our family home in North Carolina

Likewise, on any given day, it’s easy for me to take my existence in Los Angeles for granted. I remember driving across the country, watching everything around me change. I remember the shocked bliss of booking my very first audition out here (on the spot!) I remember so many frustrations with a culture I didn’t (and don’t) always understand, and anxiety about a profession that harbors no guarantees. It’s easy to forget how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown. But I enjoy success, in that I still pursue what matters most to me. I have people in my life who love me deeply, and for whom I care immeasurably. The unknowns of my career choices remain anxiety-inducing, at times, but they also exhilarate me. It’s not so much the objects of my pursuit, but the chase itself that nourishes me.

Perspective aside (hah), there are some really specific, exciting achievements happening in my life right now!

1) Recognition for The Verge, in the form of a “Best Drama” win at Atlanta Web Fest last month. My good friend and Verge creator Mark St. Cyr, is pretty psyched, as you can see from that winning smile! :D
Verge Creator Mark St Cyr sporting our Atlanta Web Fest win

2) I’ve written a one hour sci-fi drama pilot and successfully pitched it to two top-level entertainment execs. What’s it about? Well, discretion is the better part of mystery…

Fade in, and then ...

3) When I’m not typing away at a computer or navigating a set, I get to work with kids. I’ve always loved connecting with them, and teaching (truly) is one of the best ways to learn. And they teach me plenty (such as reminding me to pay attention!)

Minion and me It’s been a busy year with unpredictable ups and downs, but it feels good (and truthful) to say that my life is better than it’s ever been and I am blessed to enjoy it with the people I love while nurturing the dreams I desire!

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving

  1. What an inspiring Thanksgiving message! Rhoda and I always enjoy following your life in LA and elsewhere. It was great getting to know you while you were at Elon. We recently moved to Twin Lakes Retirement Community in nearby Burlington, NC. Love it! The LEAFERS will be coming for dinner next Sunday and will have opportunity to see “Lanes of Lights” throughout “our campus.” We still enjoy Life @ Elon and the many concerts, plays, etc. there. The fall production of the musical “Titanic” was fantastic. God bless you in all your endeavors.
    John Weinbach

    • John, thank you for the kind words! I hope you and Rhoda had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are enjoying your new home. I’m always happy to hear how LEAF continues to grow, and I’m thankful for the part you continue to play in welcoming and supporting students. Have a blessed holiday season!
      -Ross

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