It happened on Sunday night, the Academy Awards aired. I could say that I watched with breathless anticipation, but I won’t. I was averaging grades and the show was background noise.
I did give my complete attention to the musical numbers. I’m a Jennifer Hudson fan. There was no way, I’m tell-ing you, no way, no-no-no-no way, she didn’t hold my complete attention.
By the time the show was winding down, I was done with my grades, therefore, able to attend to the program.
I saw the grace Jennifer Lawrence showed after her stumble. I fell in my classroom last week. There is the sensation of falling through space. You struggle to regain your balance, but to no avail. My face plant was done in front of sixty-four eyes. My fall didn’t play to millions of viewers. Miss Lawrence got up, and made her acceptance speech. She even acknowledged her fall, making a joke of it. That’s grace under pressure.
I saw Grant Heslov, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck accept the Oscar for Best Motion picture. Affleck’s emotional speech touched me. He spoke of working harder than you think possible. When you get knocked down, you gotta get up.
“Making it” in Hollywood takes work. You have to have a thick skin. You need to believe in yourself, in your talent.
These are the same tools of our trade.
Work harder than you believe is possible.
When you get knocked down, dust yourself off, and get up.