This post can be a lot of things; I’ll let you decide…for now. It might be silly, a brilliant idea, or the first step to manifest my ideal reality; but for me it’s brave, honest, and very fun. Only a few close people know this about me—(here comes the silly part...laugh now, but I know you do it as well...)
I imagine my talk-show interviews...and actually pretend to have them!! Phew wrote it, now I’m smiling. It’s all innocent and fun, but over the years—since I was about seven, I’ve imagined myself on talk shows doing press for fictional movies, interviews for magazines, and even the various toothpaste and facial cleansing commercials.
I perform this (almost daily ritual) typically when I’m alone, because I don’t want others to hear me talking to myself—(but hey now that it’s out, I might as well do it with people around)—and while I’m in the shower, loading the dishwasher, folding laundry, and while I’m driving. It’s always funny to pull up next to a car at a red light, while in my mind, I’m telling Ellen a joke or Oprah something insightful.
Whose shows have I been on?
I’ve “chatted” on the late night shows, morning shows, I can’t tell you how many times I practiced my Oscar acceptance speech or my opening monologue for when I host Saturday Night Live! I definitely revisit my favorites: Oprah because come on, she’s the Queen of inspirational talk TV, Ellen—her guests look like they have a blast, Jimmy Fallon because he’s still so genuinely star-struck and relatable, and Conan because #TEAMCOCO! And recently added, James Corden because I’m continually adding songs to our Carpool Karaoke segment!
What do I do?
For whatever reasons my task at hand is typically so mundane that my creative muscle decides to exercise and suddenly spew out thoughts. I talk about my current projects, what it was like to work with such a close-knit dream cast--“we really became a family early on during the shoot!” or about my fabulous fun things I do for my family and friends—“That one time I flew all my besties to Hawaii because why not?” (#Squadgoals) And most recently, how I told Ellen that “I went from giving my mother socks and undies for Christmas to the next year buying her dream Volvo! And one for me too: Merry Christmas indeed!” I also speak about my new connections like Hollywood BEST FRIEND Emma Watson (seriously though—gonna happen); and I inform the public about my charity campaigns that I’ve started, which focus on children, families and animals around the world! I talk about what I hope my legacy is, and with Oprah, my spirituality and how it’s guided me through my life and career. How my success was NOT overnight, as many people in the industry agree, however, I added this “thoughtful” statement: “my success was not overnight, but after my exposure to the public and audiences my career catapulted.” That’s how I’ve imagined it for years. The gist of it is: I sell my screenplays, sign the deal to produce and star in them, gradually expand to acting in other projects, and finally write and produce other films. So in essence: Pixie Chick Productions!
Why do I do it?
I think it comes from the facts that:
1. I like talking…I can talk to anyone, anywhere; about anything: (Example, one time on a train ride from CT to VA with multiple delays, my best friend and I talked for 14 hours straight. Everyone sitting in that train car knows way too much about our life...specifically our love lives, or lack of (at 22)! I like to analyze and figure out ways to constantly improve myself and my life! And I love talking about dreams and goals (by myself and with my friends) because I feel so happy, magnetic, capable of conquering anything! But seriously, though, I’m the quite the “Chatty Cathy.” And I’m an open book...clearly.
2. I think it helps keep me stay motivated…it’s fun and exciting and who doesn’t like to pretend? I love imagining all the fun things I can experience and the movies I’ll make. It gets me excited and pumped; and I totally want that life! I want to play funny games on Ellen, and drink morning wine with Hoda and Kathie-Lee; discuss hot-topics with the ladies of The View! People who go on those show look like they have a blast!!! I feel, that if I make-believe I have those experiences, somehow it will manifest. (Of course, I have to do the work to get me there, but why not daydream about the fun bits too)?!
3. I get inspired and new ideas continuously pop into my head—things that I would never had thought of had I not been talking to myself…with my imaginary interviewer, like the fact that I randomly want to own a Land Rover, or retire in the countryside in England! I even had several story related ideas come to mind, or figured out how to fix my plot or character problem when I was goofing off with Jimmy Fallon! Again, I cannot wait to be be a guest on Jimmy Fallon, he seems like just a theatre kid I used to be friends with in high school- dorky, sweet and a loyal friend!
Why does it matter?
This matters because even in the action of playing and pretending, I’m proving to myself that I believe in my dreams! I might not write every single day or have an impressive acting resume (or one that isn’t from high school) but I still think my dreams can come true! No one else has the ability to make or break our dreams except ourselves. That’s not always easy to hear. I will reluctantly admit, that sometimes I create excuses and not plans of action! (Or I make many, many plans of action and don’t fulfill them)! But truly, if you’re deeply confident or have such a burning desire for yourself, you are the only one that make it happen. So quiet the naysayers (in your brain and the poopy people in your life) and start pretending! You know the old saying, “Fake it ‘til you make it!” Well folks, sometimes that’s how it begins.
So there you have it. I pretend get interviewed by my favorite talk show host. I Pretend I’m on the cover of magazines, and am getting paid big bucks to be “The Face” of cosmetic lines. Do you have something silly to admit? Leave a comment and share your Silly-Goose ritual or quirk using the hashtags: #getyourdreamon #pixiechickproductions #sillyquirks #sillygoose