Posted in About Aging, Acting, Auditions And Castings

Age And Other Irrelevant Facts

Times are changing.  

And thankfully so!  I am old enough to remember when the idea of a plus-size woman in a swimsuit ad, much less a bikini ad, would have been unheard of – and some might’ve made fun of her.  I’m also old enough to remember Beverly Johnson gracing the cover of Vogue Magazine as the first African-American woman to ever do so.

So we as a global society are breaking down the barriers of one-size-for-all and one-look-for-all.  Well, I’m one of the pioneers who is saying we now must tear down the barrier against women over 40 or 50 or being “over the hill”.

I have yet to see that hill.  

LOL. If there’s a hill out there somewhere I haven’t even seen it so I guess I’m doing okay.

None of us should ever be considered “past” anything.  Actually.  Let me correct that.  Yes, we should get past a few things in life.  Stubbornness, ignorance, meanness…..yup those are the things we need to toss over that hill – and be all the better for it.

It’s not easy.  

No.  Not at all  I find myself being put into categories where I don’t belong.  And don’t fit at all.  Not in every instance, of course, but in lots of them.

Castings come to me at an average of 2 – 3 per day, so I get lots to choose from.  Most aren’t right for me at all, since they have this “age idea” in mind.  I don’t fit whatever mold is supposed to be there for a 60-year-old woman, and that can be a good thing (actually a great thing!), however when it comes to acting and modeling I know for a fact that many casting directors simply don’t know where to put me.

 

 

What roles I can play.  

Lots.  The fashionable mom, the youthful grandmom.  The wife, the mistress, the doctor, lawyer, corporate honcho, detective,  angel on Earth, or vampire queen.

And let’s not forget my dream gig of all dream gigs….The Bond Girl.  Hey —  I can rock the evening gown and the bikini so why not?  What feathers would it ruffle if I rose up out of a swimming pool sporting a great body in a gorgeous swimsuit?  Or attended a ball dress in a bias-cut satin gown in the most amazing shade of blue??   I tell you here and now I can do all of those things.  And I can act as well!  So why would any feathers get ruffled at all?  Because I’m 60?  That’s absurd!  But, even though that’s true, many minds out there think it’s too far removed from “the norm”.

Damn the norm! 

I know I’m not the first to say that!  By far!  And maybe this is one reason why I’m so very driven to succeed.  Despite the odds.  Despite the bias.  60 is nothing.  Look at famous women my age and you’ll see what I mean.

But I do have friends.  

Oh yes and I’m very, very grateful to them!  You have all been so kind and supportive here online that it does help me get through the low times when I wonder why the heck I’m doing this at all.

Not to worry though.  I don’t question myself too often and never for long.  I bounce right back and get to work.

Stay with me, everyone, the best is yet to come!

Nancy

 

Posted in About Aging, Acting, Looking Good, Modeling

Pictures. Pictures. PICTURES!

Hey everyone….

I know I haven’t been taking enough photos of myself.  But that’s all changing,  In fact this Wednesday and Thursday – that’s right THIS week : ) – I’ll be taking quite a lot of shots.  Good ones I hope.

And they will be different.  I frankly hated most of my previous shots.  They didn’t capture my personality.  Well, I’m putting it right out there now so all the world can see.  It’ll capture it.

How…

Some will be fun.  On a motorcycle.  Dancing, jumping (I get like that) and others will be sexy.  Classy sexy though.  I’m not interested in being risqué or dirty.  No thanks.

Instead, I’ll be focusing more on being a positive role model to women.  Such as my daughter.  And the baby granddaughter I will have in my life come July of this year.

A good polaroid from April 2015. But expect much better from me!

Body image.  

Sure that’s part of it as well.  I want to promote positive body image for women everywhere and of every age. We can, at 60 or beyond, rock the teeny-weeny bikini (which I will be doing) and look amazing in the slinky dress.  Jeans and t-shirts will also be part of it, as will at least one business suit.

I’ve worked hard to stay in shape and I’m thankful that I’ve been blessed with good genes and the love of fitness.  You need that second one most of all.  No matter how slim all your family members are, if you eat junk food and never exercise it’s not going to be good for you or look good on you.

Looking forward to it.  

Yea, it’s been too long.  A year and a half without good, planned photos is too much.  That won’t happen again.  Ever.  I’ll be a walking-talking photo opportunity and I’ll be sharing both stills and videos with all of you here who follow me.

You’ll see me succeed.  

No doubt.  I’m here for the long haul.  Still working hard.  Still believing.  Never backing down.

Have a wonderful day everyone – and may all YOUR dreams come true as well!

Nancy