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: