Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dream Big!


"My Little New Life Box" arrived on Saturday with the message:

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

It was a timely reminder because I'm going to step way out of my comfort zone this week when I do something that I've been wanting to do ever since I wrote my first blog post on April 1, 2011. At the time, I was joking ... more or less. But now that the opportunity has presented itself, I'm half excited and half scared. Or maybe I'm ninety-nine percent petrified and one percent enthusiastic. I don't know. All that I know is that I'm going to do something that's completely out of character for me. I'm going to be an extra in Three Days to Kill, a movie starring Kevin Costner that's currently being filmed in Paris. Whew! I said it. There's no turning back now.


Among the hair bow, hand cream, nail polish, agenda and colored pencils in "My Little Box", I spied a plain envelope with the words, "The secret to happiness is here". Quickly opening the flap, I pulled out a charm instructing me to "Dream big". I will. After all, dreams occasionally come true.

If there's something that you've been wanting to do, I hope that you'll also take the plunge when the moment feels right.

Remember:


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  1. Wishing you the best of luck with your movie debut! Create yourself!

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  2. Uh Oh, A star is born....Good Luck and "Break a Leg"!

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    1. Thanks, Bill! I didn't break a leg but one of the stuntmen broke his foot (or sprained it) while we were filming.

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  3. Having just made a career change at age 52, this post really reasonated with me. Have fun with Kevin!

    Jo

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    1. Congratulations, Jo. I admire you for making the change and wish you lots of luck in your new job! I just read your blog post and know that the decision wasn't easy.

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  4. Inspirational post in so many ways!

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  5. The Grace Kelly movie is also filming in Paris now..........!! Maybe you second film?
    Have fun !

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    1. Thanks for the tip about the Grace Kelly movie currently being filmed in Paris. Now I just need to find out the name of the casting director! ;)

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  6. Enjoy yourself! Look forward to reading all about the experience.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary! It was a really rewarding experience.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your dream with your readers. I hope you will write the whole story for your blog sometime: how you got the job and how the filming went. I'm so happy for you! And thanks for the inspiration to not stop dreaming--and then take the next step and actually do something about it!

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    1. Keep on dreaming, Karene! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in having dreams for other people (our children, husband, etc) that we forget that we need to have our own dreams -- just for us.

      I'll write a post about my experience as an extra just as soon as I figure out where to start.

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  8. Have fun!!! Psssttt... here's a little secret. Kevin is turning 58 on Friday. Wish him a Happy Birthday for me!

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    1. Thanks for the insider's scoop! All the extras and the crew sang "Happy Birthday" to Kevin on Friday.

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  9. Relax! I have heard, that Mr. Costner, I know someone who met him when he and his band has been in Vienna two (?) years ago, is very charming. Bear up and start your new career!

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    1. Sanne, I didn't realize that Mr. Costner played in a band until I read your comment. When I looked for some more info, I discovered that his band was scheduled to perform in Paris in February. Unfortunately, the concert was cancelled for some reason.


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  10. Best wishes Mary Kay. Well done! Don't worry, you are just as famous! How many readers does he have every day?

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes, Baron. They must have been what helped me to not make a complete fool of myself on the set!

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  11. Fabulous , yes you go for it . I absolutely adore your little cards in "your box"...the lovely little envelope with the cute words ..:-)

    I would love to come back to Paris, but with no work it is impossible to find the funds (my huubby works though) I would love to come to Paris , for a few months .. see my friends, and then go south for a bit, travel by train ..

    Anyway enough about me , good luck and Enjoy.:-)

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    1. I hope that your dreams of traveling to Paris and the south come true, Anne! One of the ironies of life is that we often don't have the time to travel when we're working or the money to travel when we're not. Wouldn't it be great to have both the time and the money at the same time?

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  12. That is really cool MK! I have always wanted to do that! Have fun! Let's us know which sceen you will be in!

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    1. Typo-Scene! Lol. I would love to get the little box here in the States. Do you know if they ship to the US?

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    2. They don't ship "My Little Box" to the USA but I'll be sure to let you know if they do.

      I was an extra in the scene where there's a big party at a penthouse overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

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  13. A friend on FB posted a quote several days ago that's been great inspiring to me of late. It's from the Matt Damon move, We Bought a Zoo. The quote is about having 20 seconds of courage, impossible courage and how the world changes after that. I love the scene in the movie.

    I'm happy for you having this opportunity. The film was written by Luc Besson and directed by the Charlie's Angels guy McG, so maybe it will be very high-fashion and you'll be in a pair of high heels at the Crillion, sipping champagne with your lover when KC walks through looking for an agent who has gone missing. The camera will pan slowly through the room as you tip your glass...

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    1. Sipping champagne at the Crillon would have been amazing - although the champagne would have probably been apple juice or colored water! One of the tricks of the trade that I learned is that all of the drinks and food aren't intended to be consumed. They're only for show. The sushi that they used in the scene was 3 days old by the time that we finished shooting! I did wear high heels (excrutiating ones) but I didn't have a lover, only a husband.

      I haven't seen We Bought a Zoo yet but when I do I'll be on the alert for the quote that has been inspiring you.

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  14. Good for you MK!
    I wish I had been bolder so many times in my life...lost opportunities are such a waste!

    Have tons of fun with this experience and let us know where to look for you when the movie is out.
    Kevin Costner was one of my crushes and I wouldn't mind seeing him in person! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

    "Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
    Love this line! I should be changing the name of my blog, I think...


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    1. Thanks for being such a generous, warm-hearted person, Sylvia! I really did "enjoy, enjoy, enjoy" the experience. Keep dreaming and seize the opportunities that come your way!

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  15. Please let me know what you think about the glamorous world of being an extra! I SINCERELY hope you won't be outside, I'm hearing about some icier weather wafting through our little village.

    I love that quote. I'm going to print it out and put it near my desk as a reminder. : ) PS - They packed some goodies in this box!

    Good luck and more importantly HAVE FUN!!! Really, I can't wait to hear all about it. : )

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    1. Now that I've experienced the "glamorous" life of an extra, I've got tons of questions for you, Mlle Ella!

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  16. Looking forward to seeing photographs of you on the set. Maybe Kevin too. Who knows, maybe YOU AND KEVIN! And remember, inquiring minds need to know all.
    - Carolyn

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    1. I wish that I could have taken some photos but they asked us not to - and I decided that I better be on my best behavior so that they wouldn't ban me from the set.

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  17. Ha. Good for you, MK. We'll look for you at Regal Cinema's in Hudson. Costner was in "Tin Cup" which was shot at the Tubac Country Club in Tubac, AZ. Our club. Over Christmas, we had dinner at a place called The Cow Palace in Amada (middle of nowhere) Southern Arizona and sat next to Diane Keaton and her kids and grandkids! Apparently she lives within a mile of our place. Finally, I'm driving to Peoria, Illinois to watch the filming of a movie called "We Be Kings" -- written and directed by a film-maker named Toby Hubner who has lived in Paris for the past 20 years. He lives in le Marais and Tucson. The world is getting smaller and smaller. C'est la vie.

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    1. I would have loved to see Diane Keaton! Do you remember when we peered through the window of Le Grand Colbert, the restaurant where they filmed Something's Gotta Give, when you were in Paris?

      Thanks for telling me about We Be Kings. I just googled it and got caught up watching the video about it on Kickstarter.

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  18. Best of luck to you How darn exciting! Should be an amazing experience for sure!!


    Rosemary
    NYC Style and a little Cannoli

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary! It was an unforgettable experience.

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  19. Have a fantastic experience. Can't wait to read about it.

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  20. Thank you for this post - I've fallen in love this quote. It's going straight to Pinterest and if I had a printer it'd be going straight to my real life pin board also.
    Omgoodness - Have the best time as an extra! How did you sign up to do that? What an amazing experience! Lou xx

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    1. I'm happy that you liked the quote. In the picture, did you notice the angel wings on the bicycle basket? I hope that all of your dreams take flight!

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  21. What a lovely little package. I love the quote. Really made me think!.....not sure what the conclusion is like but hey!

    So excited to hear all about your days "on location".

    BTW... forgot to say you looked fabulous other other day. What's the secret? the foie gras detox?

    Love Denise

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    1. I thought the same thing about you, Denise - although I attributed it to your chic capsule wardrobe! As for the secret, it's probably that I was feeling very happy to see you again. It was an unexpected treat!

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