By: Megan Minutillo, Guest BloggerNovember 26, 2015
Image via pinterest.com
I was sitting on a plane from NYC to Houston and was seated next to a mother and daughter. It became evident rather quickly that the daughter she was mentally disabled. As the flight was underway, what seemed to soothe this woman was watching the new production of Annie.
This just so happens to be a film I was in - nothing fancy, just some extra work. The job was on Halloween, and we were filming the gala scene inside the Guggenheim Museum. If you’re familiar at all with how film and television work, you know that it can take hours to shoot ten minutes of film, which can get a little redundant. But, Jamie Foxx was a huge part of the scene and was entertaining the entire set in between takes.
It was basically our own private comedy show.
In the Guggenheim. Filming a new movie that was produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith. In essence, it was what you might call a perfect New York moment.
The critics panned the movie, and I stopped mentioning my experience with the film. And truthfully, it’s been a while since I even thought of it.
That is, until today.
Until I saw it bring such joy and pleasure into this young woman’s life. It made me smile.
And then I thought - how often do we do that? How often do we create something, or do something that we don’t think matters, when it all too often does?
In the days of social media celebrities and a new App coming out every five seconds, it’s easy to think that your actions don’t mean anything if they’re not big and grandiose. It’s easy to think that your worth is defined in followers or likes as if your brand is what will take you far. I should’ve made this a video post, so I could scream through the screen: That is so not true.
Ya hear me, girls? That, Is. NOT. TRUE.
Here I was, part of a huge, million dollar film - only on screen for MAYBE 10 seconds--and yet I was part of this movie that made a young girl’s day. Our film, critics be damned, made this kid super happy.
I don’t know about you, but I for one think this world could always use more happiness.
So, no matter your profession or your season of life remember this: your actions matter. Your words matter. Even when you think nobody is listening, trust me, they are. Never get into the habit of thinking you can’t have a positive effect on the world around you.
A simple smile, a simple compliment. Saying “thank you” or “you’re welcome.” Listening to a friend in need, listening to a stranger in need — these are the pebbles of goodness that start ripples of change.
Making this world a little more positive does not start with followers or likes; it’s not wound up in metric stats and how many people use your name in a dinner conversation. It’s not about glitz or glamour or what you see in the movies.
When it comes to doing good, it doesn’t matter if you’re one of hundreds of extras or the lead of the film.
It’s about showing up. It’s about being true. It’s about governing the world from a place of truthfulness, a place of passion, a place of wanting to do good.
What can you do right here, right now, right where you are to spread some warmth and positivity? Tell us about it below.
Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of thearts and education site,TheWrite Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving,I Amthe Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currentlyat work adapting her show,Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.
Every girl is a work in progress. If you need more help, click here.