So the past few days have been pretty crazy.
My dad was rushed to emergency. I had to go to the doctor to deal with some of my own health stuff. I didn’t get my dream job. One of my neighbours jumped out their window and committed suicide.
The stressful and scary things were just overwhelming.
But last night I had some comfort. I thought about how lucky I was to be married to Boy who took me out to dinner and showed me how to play a video game where I got to squish bugs and kill bad guys. I thought about my friends and family and readers who filled up my Inbox with sympathy and words of encouragement. And I thought about Ron Perlman.
Don’t worry if you don’t know who Ron Perlman is. He’s one of those funny looking character actor dudes most people recognize but can’t name. He’s done a lot of voice work and B-movies and his biggest roles have usually seen his face covered in extreme layers of prosthetics so even then he’s not really recognizable.
Anyway, I thought of Ron Perlman because I saw Hellboy for the first time a few weeks ago. He plays the titular character in that (red face prosthetics!), but it took him a while to land the part. While the director and the original comic book author totally wanted Perlman to play Hellboy, the studio was against it and wanted Vin Diesel instead because he was a bigger name.
But they were steadyfast in their insistance, and eventually Perlman landed the role and the movie went on to make almost $100,000,000 worldwide.
Anyway, I thought of this yesterday after I didn’t get the job because it’s encouraging to think that a cool workhorse character actor could defy the odds like that and make one of the top grossing features of 2004.
So yeah, if Ronny can keep at it in through Linda Hamilton TV shows, Scooby Doo animated adventures and Uwe Boll movies, I’ll be okay with this whole job hunting thing.
I will find my spot yet, publishing industry. Just you wait and see. 🙂