Thursday, February 3, 2011

How Hungry Do You Have To Be?

      Back in the early '90s, when I was first starting to look for acting work in Hollywood, one of my very best friends was dating a model/actor who worked pretty consistently in print and television.  I'll call him "Kirk" because that was his name.  Although he hardly knew me at all, Kirk made a pronouncement to my friend about the odds of my success as an actor.  It went something like this.
                   "Your friend Cathy isn't going to make it in this business.
                                          She's not hungry enough"

Wow.  He nailed it.  Hit it right on the head.  Kirk expressed nearly every fear I had about my chances of  getting more than a few jobs here and there in film and television.  Right around this time I found the level where I would remain for the next ten years.  I would work all the time in the theatre, especially musicals, and every once in a while, when I managed to diet down enough, I would get a commercial, a walk on, or a small part in an independent film.  It was enough to keep me going, and I don't regret the experiences I had.  I got to play some great roles in the theatre, but I do wonder what could have been if I'd been willing to get hungry enough.

Today, my goals are different.  I have discovered a passion for transformation that I want to share.  What hopes and dreams are going unfulfilled around the world because people feel held back by the look and shape of their bodies?  Yes, this is a problem of the wealthy part of the world that has the dubious ability to consume more than it can use on an average day, but if we can learn to manage our powerful desire for more then we can leave more for everyone else to enjoy.  Yes, the goal is different, but the question remains the same.

                                "How Hungry Do I Have To Be?"

This question addresses not only what we want, but what we have to do to get it.  Do you remember the formula for fat use?  It's E+M/T.  Eating plus motion over time.  How much will you eat?  How much will you move?  And how long can you stay in a state of hunger before you lose your resolve?  It is my passion and my privilege to find this answer for myself, and then share it.  Each day I go to FitDay and enter in my daily menu.  I have a calorie budget, a fitness plan, and many mental tools to help me stick to them.  A number of individuals I look to for inspiration have talked about the willingness to experience some hunger on the road to getting the aspirational body.  I intend to walk that road sanely, safely, and with an open mind.  When I get to my personal "OZ" I will be eager to share just how I got there with you.


  1. "Your friend Cathy isn't going to make it in this business. She's not hungry enough" If that's what "Kirk" said about you, then he doesn't know what he's talking about. That kind of comment makes people less motivated to go on with something that they enjoy doing. Who cares if you're not hungry enough. You did a great job in "The Diary of Anne Frank" and I'd like to see you do more acting.

  2. Thanks Russell! The most important thing to remember is that, as long as we're still breathing, we can make our dreams come true.


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