Benjamin Button

11 01 2009

After seeing Benjamin Button I am intimidated and exhilarated at the same time. The aging and de-aging work done by the hair and make up artists was excellent. Kudos to them. I would have loved to work on that one and see the beautiful work being done. I enjoyed the finger waves on the women in the old age home during the 1920s and 1930s. Perfect horseshoe waves that went all around the head. That is the exhilarating part.
The intimidating part is my “self-talk”. “What the heck am I doing in this business? I am in my mid fifties and I don’t have enough time left in this business to hone my skills to the point where I could perform that kind of seamless wig work.”
I know the make up folks had to put a bald cap on Brad Pitt and then the hair stylist used several lace wigs and pieces as they de-aged his character. I never saw a lace line or any hair that did not look like it was growing straight out of his scalp. I am totally impressed.
I took a seminar by one of the hairstylists that did some of this work and I learned so much from her in a weekend that it wasn’t even funny. I will continue to learn my craft for as long as I can and enjoy my work. That means the negative self-talk has got to go. I will remember that I am in this business by the grace of God. He has equipped me and called me to be here. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Thanks, I feel better now. Go see the movie. I had no idea it that the screen play was inspired by a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.



2 responses

16 01 2009

You shouldn’t look at what other people are doing and judge yourself in any way. You are a special, one-of-a-kind limited edition issue that has never been seen before. Only God knows what he put you here on earth to do! Only God knows if you’re doing it right or not!

Coni, you don’t fit in any category of “people” that I have ever met before, but you are one of the funnest people I have ever met. Maybe God didn’t put you on earth to be the absolute best hair designer ever, but he put you here to be the absolute best something-or-other there ever was. Maybe the best singer/hairdresser/writer/counselor/evangelist/wife/mother there has ever been. How would that job description look on a business card?

One problem with folks who have been granted a lot of gifts is we feel like we’re not excelling at any one thing. No, we’re excelling at a lot of things all at once, and the generalist’s life looks a little different from the specialist. So take heart- you’re the top woman in your field at your one-of-a-kind purpose from God job!!!


16 01 2009

Thanks Angela. I had to read that twice and let it sink in. I have always felt so scattered in what I could be passionate about. Hard to settle into one nitch and do JUST that. I will start thinking of myself as unique. Now I have to go get some new business cards made.


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