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My tattooI love tattoos, but I take them very seriously.  This one took me over a year to choose.  It is also on a very discreet part of my body, so no one ever sees it.

I got it for my 30th birthday to remind me that I’m on the right path.  When I was approaching my thirties, I got it into my head that I needed to grow up and get a real job.  I quit acting for a year and went to business college.  I actually managed to fool myself for eight months that I didn’t want to be an actor anymore. However, when the time came to look for a “real job,” I simply couldn’t stomach the idea of working in an office, 9 to 5 p.m. every day for the rest of my life.  I cried myself to sleep every night – I had never been so miserable.  That’s when it hit me.  Even at my worst moments of being an actor, I was still happy because I was living my life with purpose and passion.  And simply because there were times of hardship and sacrifice, didn’t mean that you throw the baby out with the bath water.  I went back to my life in the theatre, and never regretted the decision to walk away my business college education (however, I do regret the student loans I’m still paying).

I needed to make sure this never happened again, so I tattooed the lesson I had learned on my body.

I began acting professionally when I was 15, and my very first director told me,”If you want the rose, you have to accept the thorns.  As in this business, success comes with pain.”  Whenever I get sulky or depressed because I’m not working as much as I’d like to, or I think my career sucks, the tattoo reminds me that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Tattoos are also addictive.  As soon as I got that one, I wanted another.  But being an actor, you have to make sure that they either can’t be seen or can be covered up easily.  I have a two epic trips planned in the near future, and I want tattoos to commemorate them both.  Next summer, Will, my brother, and I are going to travel the States in a VW Westfalia for four weeks.  And in 2018, for my 40th birthday, Will and I are going to walk the Camino de Santiago.  Considering it took me so long to choose my first tattoo, I’m going to start thinking about what I want now, and where I want it.  I’m leaning towards simple text this time.

Here’s my inspiration:

Tattoo Inspiration Board1 Alis Volat Propiis (She Flies with her own Wings) / 2 Create / 3 Curiosity often leads to trouble