A Regret I Learned From

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A Regret I Learned From

2018-01-28T15:10:09+00:00January 28th, 2018|

In the spring of 2016 I was booked with The Theater of Public Policy to perform for a few days in Grand Marais. Not only would T2P2 be performing, but we’d also be teaching improv workshops for high schoolers.

I was pumped! I’d get to perform … I’d get to hang out on the north shore … I’d get to teach … There were so many things I was excited about with this gig.

Then my agent called.

I got booked as a model for a national brand for an out-of-town shoot happening during the same time.

I shook a proverbial fist toward the heavens, “You think you’re so funny, don’t you Universe!”

The shoot was for the Timberland Pro Series.

I took the gig and I’ve regretted it since.

At the time my head was swimming with the idea of increased exposure naturally leading to more national work and bigger pay checks.

But. That. Didn’t. Happen.

These are the only images I appeared in:

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Perhaps this is why my ‘star stock’ didn’t skyrocket.

The worst part of the entire experience wasn’t that more national brands weren’t calling. No, that’s silly.

The worst part of the experience was backing out of the gig with T2P2. This put them in a bind and they didn’t need that. If I had a time machine I’d go back to right a lot of wrongs. This is one of them.

Hindsight being what it is though I’m glad I know now what I should’ve known then.

3 Comments

  1. Athena January 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Using the past as a reference for our future is the wisest thing we can do with that which we’ve already done. I’m proud of you. <3

  2. Virginia Foldoe February 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Dear Athena, goddess of Michael. So nice to see your post. Your name was given the breath of life via Michael’s voice at his Bagley storytelling. We Revere your animated exuberance. We remember your lap for a pillow as you soothed Michael home with Goodnight Moon. We yearn for Michael’s return to Bagley accompanied by you.

  3. Michael February 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Virginia — Hopefully Athena and I will be returning to Bagley soon!

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