MODELING & TALENT
breakingintoshowbiz By Adam Hill
BLISS Doing whatever it takes to be
happy shouldn’t have to be an
unreasonable goal for anyone
in the entertainment industry
B liss. What does that word mean? When in doubt turn
to the dictionary. Here’s how the great book deﬁnes it:
noun 1: Complete happiness.
I like the sound of that—complete happiness! What gives me
complete happiness is teaching. I can’t go a day without teaching.
If I am not teaching I fill the void by writing. Teaching is truly my
passion. It is my bliss.
What is your bliss? What gives you complete happiness? What
is that something that when you’re doing it your world seems com-
plete? Whatever it is, do it. Don’t deny yourself your happiness.
It doesn’t necessarily take training to dance, sing or act. You just
do it, unlike a musical instrument, which demands a certain
knowledge before we can just do it. To dance, move around the
ﬂoor to music. Simply open your mouth and allow a tune to spring
forth and you’ll be singing. Recite Hamlet’s “To be or not to be”
speech and you’re acting. It’s possible your friends or family mem-
bers will be entertained and delighted by what you’re doing. You’re
doing what your heart tells you to do. You’re experiencing bliss and
having a great time.
However, if you are like me you will eventually become dissat-
isﬁed in just doing it. You will want to be able to do the thing you
love with greater skill. That means becoming accomplished and
more competent at your craft. The more effort and hours we put
into our practice, the more we will understand just how much we
want to experience our bliss and how truly great our bliss can be.
Hence, following your bliss can and should put you into the
pursuit of your dreams. But wait, isn’t following your bliss and pur-
suing your dream the same? Not really. Your bliss is the fuel that
enables you to pursue your dreams. Your bliss should give you the
drive needed to overcome any obstacle that gives the appearance of
standing in the way of you achieving your goals.
THE STORY OF BOBBIE HENLINE
I was having lunch with Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Ray-
mond fame. We were sitting on the veranda of a restaurant in Ma-
rina del Rey, California. Brad was talking about his new comedy
club at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. He stressed his love for
comics and his joy in giving new comics a place to work and grow.
It was then he shared with me an extraordinary story of a young
Bobbie was on his third deployment in Iraq when the event
that changed his life occurred. Outside an Iraqi village on April 7,
2007, a Humvee carrying ﬁve paratroopers hit a land mine, killing
four of the soldiers. The ﬁfth was Staff Sergeant Bobbie Henline.
Thanks to the quick actions of a nearby soldier the ﬂames engulf-
ing his body were put out, but not before he was severely burned
on over 38% of his body.
He returned home in a coma. Doctors at the Brooke Army
Medical Center’s burn unit in San Antonio told his wife, Connie,
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