The Diva's in the Details
The Diva's in the Details
Diva's Detail #2
GO ALL THE WAY
The actress and singer Juliette Lewis is one of the most passionate people I have ever met. Her performances are so visceral. I first met her when she was in town with her band, The Licks. An Oscar nominee for her performance in Cape Fear , Juliette has worked with some of Hollywood's most elite directors, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Robert Rodriguez...she's a powerhouse and one of the best in her field.
Juliette couldn't have been more gracious, more genuine, more interested. She was full of questions and happy to give answers to any and all of my queries. In addition to acting success, music is a huge part of who she is too. Just because she had achieved success in acting didn't mean she was ready to stop growing, learning and discovering who all she really is. She continues to tap into her strengths, wherever that leads her. Juliette is a true professional, and a true original. She is all of the things that most of us aspire to be, genuinely warm, confident and happy. When we were introduced, she smiled her infectious smile and gave me a big hug. She made a point to put her arm around me when we took photographs and made sure we got everything we needed from the interview before wrapping up. She gives her all, all the time. It is obvious that she loves what she does. Juliette is one of the most dynamic and engaging performers I have ever seen, be it acting or singing. She is a great example of someone who has become more of herself (Detail #1) and goes all the way (Detail #2). You will see the majority of successful people employ most if not all the details in this book.
Being around people like that is inspiring. You can become that to others by finding what you love and going for it. Someone else who clearly does exactly what he loves is Willie Nelson. Can you imagine him doing anything else? I had the privilege of producing an award-winning concert featuring Willie and his very talented daughter. The private show was an intimate one in a small venue where everyone could feel his energy. What I remember most about him is his ability to "connect." Whether individually or on stage, he has an uncanny ability to make you feel special. He speaks and sings from his heart and soul. It was a magical night I will never forget.
Willie is a legend, but he worked hard to achieve the level he is at. Success didn't come fast or immediately, but he had the courage to pursue his dream and do what he loves. He is the epitome of going all the way and that means going all the way into yourself. When you connect with the heart and soul of you, you will connect with others. Willie was humble, relaxed, down to earth, and has a great sense of humor. He takes his time and looks you in the eye when speaking to you, and he has a way of making everyone in the audience feel like he's singing just for them. All his interactions are from the heart and soul, where real connection happens.
YOUR CALLING IS CALLING
What do you love? What are you passionate about? What do you dream about? If you haven't already, figure out what you're good at, what drives you and excites you, and then decide to find a way to pursue that in your life. It is after all, a decision, and it doesn't have to be your career. Your "calling" could be to be the best mother in the world, or start a charity in your hometown that serves a cause near and dear to your heart. It's time to discover "the one thing" that will change your life, your calling, your reason for living, your passion, your legacy, and go all the way.
Doing what you love, what you have a propensity for, is tantamount to success, because you will be that much more confident, driven and will work with much more enthusiasm. You won't get as tired. You will make the time. You may even find you have more than one passion and be a mul