Creating Light for Yourself

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Sometimes things are hard. We all go through emotional ups and downs, for a variety of reasons. Occasionally it is harder to pull ourselves out of the hole. I’ve certainly been there myself. Here’s a few tips on how to boost your spirit when it needs some extra TLC:

  • Create art. I believe most people become artists because we know art is a healing and educational tool. To create something is powerful. It gives you a sense of control, fulfillment, and can have far-reaching positive impact on others, too.
  • See art. Whether it is on your Netflix account (suggestion: the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror) or in person (suggestion: for those of you in Los Angeles, AFI Fest starts today and is a free film festival) there are great creative things happening all around us.
  • Volunteer. When you’re feeling low, there’s nothing that can pull you out of it like helping others. It’s a win-win for everyone. Support causes you care about, things that you feel truly inspired to make an impact on. Progress is made when people show up and take action to support each other.
  • Write. November is National Novel Writing Month. Put your feelings to paper (or, probably more accurately, your laptop’s keyboard.)
  • Connect. We’re so lucky to have a great community in Ms. in the Biz, in our groups of friends, in our families, in any community that supports us. When things feel uncertain, or when you are struggling, reach out. Every person reading this is loved so much more than they know, and we need to remember to constantly remind each other of that.

Remember that often what makes things feel insurmountable is the feeling of hopelessness or lack of control. Choosing to take action–even if that action is something as simple as calling a close friend, going to see a film, or baking cupcakes for a charity bake sale–can help alleviate those feelings. If you are struggling, take a moment to feel it and recognize it, but follow that moment with forward momentum.

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Laura Hunter Drago

About Laura Hunter Drago

Laura Hunter Drago is a producer, writer, and actress living in Los Angeles, California. When she’s not making art, she works in marketing & web design. Laura is a proud SAG-AFTRA member and guest speaker at the SAG Conservatory, is the assistant editor-in-chief of Ms. in the Biz, and is the co-founder of New Girl Pictures. She also likes baking, obsessing over Olympic ice dancers, and having long conversations with her dog Buffy. She dislikes being bored. Most recently, Laura is finishing up post-production on her first feature, To The New Girl and hosting a podcast about women in the entertainment industry called Creative Herstories.