There were several times in my life where I can clearly recall martial arts saving me.
When I first began acting, all I wanted to do was play strong women on screen. Then I soon learned that it didn’t exactly work that way.
The industry gets to decide what they think you are. I’d go out for roles that made me cringe. I can’t tell you how many times I auditioned to be cheerleaders and fictitious girls.
I’d began adopting how the industry sees me as my sense of self, which was very detrimental to my mental health at the time.
“I am not what i think I am, i am not what you think I am, i am what i think you think I am.”
There was a point I really thought i should quit. But martial arts saved me once again.
I had one conversation with my dad (my instructor) regarding quitting, but I had no idea what I was going to do next because I’ve had this dream since I was 11.
He told me to start refocusing my energy on my Martial Arts training again. And it totally reshaped the way I approached my acting career.
One, it reminded me of who I truly am and what my gift is, and that’s being a Martial Artist. And that’s what I need to be on screen.
Two, it opened my mind to begin making my own films. If nobody wanted to hire me to play my dream roles, I’d just make them myself.
So to anyone asking if beginning a Martial Arts journey is worth it?....Absolutely.
Martial Arts has saved my life several times, has been my guidance when I’m lost, and my ground when my life is shaken up.
Martial Arts has never been about the skill to me, it’s about what it brings out of you.
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