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Introducing – The Mothering Actor

March 7, 2013

Hi! I’m thrilled to be the newest addition to the Green Room Blog.

I’m an actor and mom to an awesome 2-year-old! Balancing motherhood and acting has definitely been a huge shift!

At first it was easy.  When my son was tiny Nothing Happened, the short film that I produced and starred in, was on the festival circuit.  I’m proud to say he attended his first film festival at 7 weeks!

Then there was a difficult period of adjustment – both logistically and financially.  It was a struggle to find time to focus on my career and also give my son some stability.  With the addition of a toddler, I found managing the unpredictable life of an actor very tough.  There were so many things I couldn’t do anymore – all I saw were limitations.

For the first time ever, I considered giving up acting and mulled over all sorts of ideas from creating an Etsy shop to expanding my film consulting to creating a baby-centric business.  However after several months, I knew I couldn’t walk away.

I’ve had to create new habits, let go of fears and embrace the unknown but it has already been a surprising journey.

I initially had a strange misconception that sharing about my son would harm my career – I have found the opposite to be true.  I used to be told I wasn’t old enough to play a young mom, but suddenly “young mom” became one of my types.  I’ve had some great conversations with casting directors about kids; I even had one tell me that they remembered me because we have children the same age.  I also think it has made me a better actor because I am more vulnerable – I tear up just reading my son a Curious George story about a kid who gets lost at a baseball game.

I’d better go, my son just woke up and is yelling “pee pee potty, pee pee potty” from the top of his lungs!

I look forward to sharing my juggling adventures and please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Talk to you soon,

The Mothering Actor Signature

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2013 10:29 am

    YES! I love this. Cannot wait to read about your journey and work. Keep it up!

  2. March 7, 2013 10:43 am

    Welcome! I’m so excited to hear about how you master juggling all of the things in your life!

  3. March 7, 2013 3:19 pm

    Welcome welcome! I can’t wait to read about how you find balance with your fam, as that’s something I’m always working on.

  4. March 7, 2013 3:35 pm

    I’m glad you are here! I am considering starting a family and I have all sorts of concerns. Any one who’s already been there in like a mine of gold to me!

    • The Mothering Actor permalink
      March 7, 2013 5:21 pm

      Thanks Erin. It’s a balance in progress 🙂 I still find it helpful to ask moms in the biz for tips on how they manage the juggle! Let me know if there is anything you have specific question about.

  5. March 7, 2013 11:07 pm

    Welcome Mothering Actor! I have so much respect and admiration for the fact that you can balance out both! I’m excited to read about your journey! 🙂

  6. March 8, 2013 1:17 am

    Welcome! I loved reading your post, and I look forward to reading more about your journey! You are very inspirational, juggling your career and being a mother.

  7. California Triple-Threat permalink
    March 8, 2013 1:35 pm

    Happy you are here! 🙂

  8. The Mothering Actor permalink
    March 9, 2013 11:35 am

    Thanks for the support everyone. Happy to be here!

  9. March 11, 2013 6:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing!! the mom/baby dance is a fast one, and your honesty, candor and can-do attitude is inspiring to me!

  10. March 13, 2013 3:20 am

    Great post, Sarah! Amazing how motherhood makes you an even better actress! Glad you are pursuing your dream and sharing it! As a mom of 2 under the age of 4, I know it can be quite a juggling act! Thanks for turning me on to The Green Room! I will share it with my http://www.ActorInspiration.com peeps!

    • The Mothering Actor permalink
      April 15, 2013 9:57 pm

      Awesome, Thanks so much Wendy!

  11. wendybraun permalink
    March 13, 2013 3:23 am

    So great Sarah! Honest, real and inspiring. As a mom of 2 under 4, I know what a juggling act it can be! Love this Green Room Blog- I will share it with my http://www.ActorInspiration.com peeps!

  12. March 13, 2013 10:57 pm

    Sarah, I really loved your post. It is such a revelation when we realize that we don’t have to hide certain parts of ourselves in order to succeed; that it is in fact SHOWING the truth of ourselves in our entirety, that GIVES us our greatest strength. It may be one of our most powerful rites of passage to embrace who we are and show up fully. Love how you defied cliche stereotypes and said, “I am this. I am all of this. Mother and actor. Strong and vulnerable. No apologies.” That’s success. Landing a part is just the icing.

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