Today we’d like to introduce you to Heidi Martin.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Orange County. I am the middle child so I was always doing my own thing. I was definitely the one to try new things. Whether it be sports, rollercoasters, outdoor activities, games, etc., I had to try it! Oh, and I always had to win :). I was definitely a happy kid.
Growing up, I was involved in sports and found my first love – soccer. Then at the age of seven, I found another passion- music.
For as long as I can remember, movies were a big thing in my family. After a long day out? Let’s watch a movie when we get home. Having a bad day? Let’s watch a movie. What to do after Sunday service? Let’s watch a movie. It didn’t matter what we did, a movie was the perfect way to end the night. I grew up watching the greats- Audrey Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts, and etc. And I remember feeling so many emotions from watching their performances that I wanted to do the same to others. And that’s when I found my true love-acting.
The journey to acting began in college when I started auditioning and taking acting classes. I was booking stage plays but had not auditioned for film or tv. Once I graduated college, I began auditioning full time and gained Film/TV experience. I wanted the audience to relate to the different roles I play, and ultimately be inspired. I wanted to make them feel at home. I wanted to make them feel SEEN and HEARD. And that’s when I decided to pursue this journey.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, this artistic journey has not been a smooth road. My career has been one filled with many struggles. For example, it is hard to accept rejection when you find the role that you absolutely want and love. When you feel that you gave the best audition and you know this role was created for you and then you get the call and it is a “no.” That is a dagger to your heart and it hurts. And it is okay to feel that pain but that only motivates me to find the next role and find one that is for me. The way I see it is, every no brings you closer to a yes. Each “no” is a low key “yes” as it takes me to where I am supposed to be. So let’s quickly go through the “no’s” to get to the “yes’s.”
Another struggle is self-doubt. For artists, we become so vulnerable and we give our whole beings to the audience allowing them the freedom to criticize our work. And when the audience doesn’t approve, we doubt our talents and even our self-worth. It is a battle that artists face and we constantly have to step back, check ourselves, and not give in to those negative thoughts. To combat those thoughts, I go back to my roots- my undeniable purpose. Self-talk is very important. Your behavior stems from your thoughts and beliefs. So, if you tell yourself you will fail, then you will fail. If you tell yourself you will succeed, then you will succeed. So, constantly affirming those positive thoughts to yourself will help against rejection, doubt, etc. I am fortunate to have family and friends that support me and constantly encourage me because actors love affirmation :).
This is all part of an actor’s journey but when you know your purpose to be true and real, nothing will stop you. It will never be easy, but it will be accomplished. And I will gladly go through the lows to get to the highs.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actress and a musician. In the future, I hope to direct and possibly produce. I would love to learn about every aspect of making music and filmmaking. What sets me apart from others is my willingness to learn and constantly improve while helping others. I have devoted my life to that and hope to inspire others to live out their purpose.
Since college, I have filmed several short films, a few stage plays, and I am currently working on a TV drama. Recently, I finished a film called Paz, with an amazing director named Andrew Gutierrez. I learned so much from that project and so much from him that I am ready to take my improved skills and apply them to other projects. I am working on a show called, Superficially Deep. And this is my first television experience and every aspect of that is fascinating to me. I am always willing to learn that I am constantly looking for work and working to improve my craft. I cannot wait to learn from future projects!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think “good luck” or “blessing” is when hard work meets talent. In my experience, I have gone through seasons of blessings (good luck) and seasons of silence (bad luck). Even in times of silence, I am still on the right path to those blessings (good luck). In any journey, you have your ups and downs. And I think every up is a confirmation that you are pursuing your purpose. And every down is motivation to affirm that purpose. When I am faced with a struggle, I am always motivated to find the blessing (the good luck). It is about constantly moving forward. Because even bad luck teaches us lessons, it’s never to put us down. I think it’s there to shape us. The hustle is sold separately. You have to want it and work hard for it. And that is part of the journey.
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