On that note, lemme take you back to a journal entry from August 2007, essentially at the start of my second year of USC (I was getting a Master's in Comm. Management):
"My career counselor at my school (which btw, I feel, MUST train its employees to dissuade bright-eyed students from having any ambitions outside of the SPECIFIC interests of the program), says to me in our FIRST meeting in more than a little condescending way when I tell him I'm interested in animation, 'Well, ya know Amanda, animation is a REALLY difficult field. You'd have to be really dedicated. It takes a lot of hard work and time.' Thanks pal. And here I'd been using a pencil to pick my nose all these years."Aside from the questionable sentence structure, haha, this was really kind of interesting to revisit. You've come a long way, past-me. But I'm sharing this to emphasize: do what you effing love. There I was, six years ago, getting a degree in something COMPLETELY different and heading down a completely different career path, but the heart wanted what the heart wanted. And I could go around busting the balls of that poor counselor, but ya know what? He was right. I wasn't focusing on the thing I said I wanted to do. I was just kind of wistfully hoping the universe would catch a glimpse of my warmest, fuzziest desires, and take a chance on me.
I had to take a chance on myself. I had to "be really dedicated." I had to put in "a lot of hard work and time." I'm just glad I decided to wake up and push forward.
Do this for yourself with whatever you want most. Be really dedicated.