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My Hero - Amy Adams

Updated on July 14, 2009

Amy Adams

Amy Adams is a talented actress, singer and dancer. She's been nominated for two Academy Awards and received critical acclaim for her in-depth character portrayal. But her fine acting ability and beautiful looks are not the reasons for my admiration - her courage, drive and determination are what inspire me. These characteristics took her from disappointment and struggles to fame and success.

Her first movie role was in the 1999 comedy, Drop Dead Gorgeous. She appeared on the Conan O'Brien show and moved to LA to continue her movie career. It was a "dark year," Amy states, and she suffered through what she describes as a "bleak" period. Over the next few years she stared in a series that was later canceled, Manchester Prep, and made cameo appearances in Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, and The West Wing.

She was cast in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me if You Can, the movie that "should have launched her career," according to Spielberg. Instead, Amy spent the next year unemployed. Amy moved into television only to get fired from a job because of a contract dispute.

Here she is ...

Amy turned 30 and still success seemed to elude her. She began to question her career choice. "I thought maybe I should move to New York, maybe I should do something else. It wasn't that I was quitting or making a dramatic statement. It was more like maybe this just wasn't a good fit". She considered quitting while filming the movie, Junebug. It premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and Amy won a Special Jury Prize for her performance. Suddenly Hollywood started to take notice of Amy Adams. Since Junebug, she stared in several mainstream movies (Enchanted, Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and Night at the Museum) and appeared on the covers of Elle and Vanity Fair.

June Bug - Part 1

June Bug - Part 2

I saw Amy in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I was so impressed with her acting, I began reading her biography. That's when I learned of her struggles and her idea to quit acting. I watched some of her earlier movies and thought she had talent back then but it took years before others noticed. Amy's tenacity and strength brought her through a decade of disappointment so she could achieve success.

Thanks Amy. Thanks to your example, I'm going to stick with my writing. There are times, when my inbox is empty or I received a rejection letter, when I question myself and my abilities. After all, if I'm not getting any positive confirmation that must mean I'm not good at writing. Sometimes I think about giving up and going back to a job I don't enjoy anymore...

...but then I read about Amy. It took her 10 years, canceled series, unemployment, lost jobs, dozens of tv and film appearances before she made it. And if I ever talked to her, I'm sure she'd tell me it was all worth it.

OK, Amy, if you can do it so can I.
I will do it, Amy.
I will persevere through hardships.
I will achieve success.
And, someday, I will be an inspiration for someone else.
Thanks, Amy. You are one strong woman - my hero.


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