It’s Better to Help People than Garden Gnomes
For about nine years of my life I wanted to be an actress. I performed in a number of plays and short films, studied under incredible teachers in New York, and almost dropped out of college to pursue what I thought was my dream. While there are times when I still wonder what I would be like had I continued on the acting train — hot shot in Hollywood or some struggling actress serving corn dogs at the mall? — I still like to think that plays and movies perform an integral role in my life (and I mean this outside the world of my unwavering love for Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy).
Often times when I see a movie that I love, its mood, costumes, music, and characters stay with me for a number of days. For example, it should come as no surprise that when I saw Almost Famous I spent the next week tracking down a Penny Lane inspired coat and never took my aviators off.
I recently re-watched the movie Amelie — a personal favorite of mine — and was yet again drawn to her quirky sense of loneliness. But while sometimes her character translates into me wanting to travel around with a garden gnome, this time I reacted to her whimsical sensibilities as seen through her clothes. Sweet, feminine dresses, conservative sweaters, and collared shirts, only made her innocence all the more present and real.
It was within this naïve, daydreaming mindset that I got dressed yesterday; skipping over my go-to pieces for something a bit more innocent and coquettish that retained my own quirky personality (see last photo). And so, within my Amelie-inspired costume, I went about my day as myself, only paying just a little more attention to the shapes in the clouds above.