As I’ve said before, I often think of my job like going to work at some warehouse with a bunch of friends. What I mean by that is that when we’re in it, memorizing the lines and doing the work, I don’t really consider the end result or consciously think about people actually watching the work we’re doing.
So to think that people not only watch the show, but also are moved or inspired by that work never enters my mind. Last week, however, I received the sweetest note from Alex, who shared the kindest comments about what the show and my character have meant to her.
I get letters from fans of the show sometimes, and I love hearing from all of you, but there was something a little different about this note. First, unlike so many of you who’ve been with us since the earliest days of Steve & Kayla, Alex only started watching in the last few years. It’s so nice to hear that this couple and these characters we’ve created still speak to people.
“I’ve turned to Days, and Kayla in particular, because of her warm and comforting personality. Whenever I find myself needing a little extra of those things, I turn on any episode with Kayla and whatever problems I have seem to fade away. Whenever I’m having a bad day, or if my anxiety is getting the better of me, all I need is a few minutes of one of your blogs or Days scenes to make me feel better,” she said.
Wow, to know that the character I’ve loved and took care in creating all of these years has this kind impact makes me so proud. Alex went on to share how she’s also been inspired as an actress and blogger because of me … it’s beyond anything I could have hoped for and really means so much to me!
“Every time I have a show or audition, I always think about giving a performance Mary Beth Evans would be proud of. I love Plank, especially when you take the time to answer questions from fans. Your fun, uplifting personality is such a joy to watch, and it’s so contagious! I recently started my own blog, and I love it. I’ve always thought about doing it, but you inspired me to give it a shot.”
I became an actress because it was all I ever wanted to do, and I started this blog as a creative outlet and a platform for inspiration. But, I never really imagined that my work or this blog could inspire someone in these ways.
So thank you, Alex! Your kind words touched me and made me so proud – if I can do or be all of that, then it’s all truly worth it.
And thanks to all of your who continue to watch, read and support me in all of these endeavors. I’m so lucky to have all of you in my corner.