Based in Los Angeles, I read for a lot of aspiring performers; actors, musicians, comedians, writers, and artists alike. A nice girl named Peggy contacted me for an appointment last June, and I had just left town for the summer. She had a few questions regarding her acting career and decided to get a phone reading instead of waiting for me to arrive back in Los Angeles.
Peggy had a few minor roles in the past and had worked on set with A-list cast and crew, yet she still hadn't had the super big break that she needed in her career. She kept finding herself in situations with notable Hollywood people but in a more casual setting where she was not quite sure how to bring up her acting aspirations. I could tell she was attractive and youthful for her age, and that talking to men wasn't the issue. She felt she could get a better push to her career by one of these chance meetings than waiting for her agent to send her out on auditions. "What can I do to help myself in these situations?" was her question.
I sat with the question for a minute and waited to receive an answer. "Get a business card." I said. "Do people do that in the acting world?" I naively asked. She said she didn't know. Not being familiar with the industry myself I wasn't so sure, but I gave the message without questioning it, because giving the information without judging it is essential. “Take that with you...I know it sounds out there but that is what I see. Get yourself a business card with your photo and all of your contact information on it. Someone important is going to ask you for a business card."
8:00am Thanksgiving morning, I received a voice mail from her. "Barbara, this is Peggy... You read for me back in June. I just want to tell you the most incredible story about this business card that you told me to get. Oh my goodness you won’t believe what happened to me..." She said and left a message to call her back.
Thanksgiving Eve she was at the market. "Thank God I had my hair and makeup done, even though I was in sweats and my boyfriend's sweatshirt..." she began. She was standing in line to check out when she heard the woman in front of her call to her husband by his first name. Knowing all the big names in town, she was familiar with his and had a feeling it was him."Is that (Mr. Bigwig)?" She asked the woman. "Why, yes it is!" his wife replied warmly. “Honey!...”
He turned around and standing in front of her was the head of (Major Motion) Pictures. "Hi! My name is Peggy,” she said excitedly,”I sent you a head shot and resume and was told you didn't accept unsolicited submissions..."
"Do you have a business card?" He asked.
She said her first thought was me. "You were adamant...when we were getting off the phone you told me someone important was going to ask me for a business card and to make sure I got one."
“I don’t...but I have an e-mail!” She nervously said to Mr. Bigwig and jotted down her information and gave it to him.
She hadn't gotten herself a business card, because she didn't think that would help. I always advise to take all information I give you as to meaning something. I never embellish or make things up, what you get is what you are supposed to get, regardless of how seemingly ambiguous or mundane. It is up to you what you do with the information you receive.
“Barbara! I had to call you, I couldn't believe it! I was so mad at myself, but I had to call and tell you what you said had come true!“
“Thank you for reaching out and sharing!” I told her.“Do you mind if I write about this story and change your name to Peggy?”
“No,” she laughed. “You should."