LONGER FUN ANNOUNCEMENT (points if you realize what I did here):
Before anyone ever cared about me modeling, acting, whatever, I was a kid from Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their daughter or crazy cousin/aunt. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Ohio is bigger than the entertainment business. I didn’t realize that 15 years ago. I do now.
I’m not having a press conference but I am going to have a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.
When I left Ohio, I was on a mission. I was seeking to prove everyone wrong who thought an unpopular financially-strapped girl from Ohio couldn't make it in entertainment in a big city. My goal is still to make films, pose for awesome photos and create as much art as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is being close to the family & friends who are my support system & helping to put the midwest on the map in entertainment more than it is starting to do.
I always believed that I’d return to the Midwest. I just didn’t know when. At the start of the year, it was barely even a thought. But I went home for a charity fashion show, mentored a couple kids in my hometown area on acting/modeling, saw snow, felt cold crisp area. Then I went to Chicago, something just felt right about that city in my gut & I felt happiness I hadn't felt in years. People were nice & friendly. Strangers would have conversations with you. The food was AWESOME. There was clean air, blue skies, clear water and green grass. HOLY CRAP THAT FREAKING PIZZA!!! What? I don't need a freaking car to get everywhere!?!?! I followed that up with a trip to Ohio...again, nice people, real seasons (omg...thunder!! sure i didn't like tornadoes & storms as a kid, but at least you get warnings....i didn't get a warning when an earthquake threw me out of bed in 2014), the joy of being able to see my sports teams in person or on tv. I saw how happy my mom was in photos where I took her to baseball games. I started thinking about my dad and how even when he was sick, I didn't get to come home as much as I wish I could have until the very end when he really couldn't do anything except be in bed. My mom is still in good health & I'd rather not have those regrets with her when the time comes. I haven't had a Thanksgiving with my family since 2001 or a Xmas since 2010. Then I was blessed by the universe via a national commercial & another situation with the financial means to relocate & still be comfortable with my checkbook. I looked at other cities (like NYC since I have to be able to do my career stuff), but I wasn’t going to leave Los Angeles for anywhere except the midwest. I can't do Columbus or Cleveland because all i will do is want to go to sporting events, stalk the sexiest coach in all of college football (Urban Meyer from THE Ohio State Univ) & there's not enough entertainment work (yet) for that to happen on the regular. Again, I wouldn't get anything done because I would be all Cavs, Indians, Blue Jackets, Buckeyes all the time. I realized Chicago is drivable & it's flyable affordable and time wise as well. Plus, it has other opportunities in broadcasting and the foodie/restaurant world if I decide to go down those paths in the future. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
As a really awesome basketball player (ok, let's be honest, he's the GOAT) said....."In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have."
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I'M COMING HOME!!!!
PS: if i take a car to chi-town, I might very well get plates that say LBJGOAT just to piss them all off. Oh wait, nevermind....forgot that's like Murder City, USA still. ooops.