I was born in Central Ohio in September of 1957 (yes I’m 63 glorious years old). I was a very dramatic child – in fact, my mother called me Sarah Burnhardt, a once famous actress she had watched growing up. It was a happy childhood, but then came that fateful day when I was in 8th grade and saw the movie “Gidget Goes to the UN.” I then discovered my destiny -- I was to become a secretary. Upon high school graduation, I went to Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in Providence, RI, and returned to Central Ohio to work as a secretary until seven years later when I married my husband, Bob.
Another passion of mine was to be a mother of several children, and that dream was fulfilled when I gave birth to my five children – three boys and two girls including a set of full-term boy/girl twins. I was in heaven raising these little monkeys. Most of them got their mothers flare for drama, and they started auditioning for local theater once they became about 10 years old. So, I decided to hop on the bandwagon, and audition with them. While playing Mrs. Salt, in the Pleasure Guild production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, my stage husband suggested I apply at a local talent agency, and so I did. I was in my 40s, and to my delight I was actually cast in several local and regional commercials as an extra as well as snagging some principal roles.
One day I woke up and in the blink of an eye, my children had all grown up and left home (thank God!), and I was left asking myself “what next?” I had never given aging a thought until this time, and I started asking myself how did I want to present myself as I was entering my late 50s. I had peers that were trying desperately to hang on to their youth and looked ridiculous, and some of the actresses I noticed ended up with that “pillow face” look due to all the fillers and botox. That certainly wasn’t a look I wanted to embrace. About this time I became aware of Cindy Joseph. I thought, “That’s how I want to be as I age” She was so natural, beautiful, and joyful. That is when I decided to ditch the hair dye, embrace the Pro-Age movement, and started using the BOOM color stick. I had worked for a local hospital doing clerical work for 18 years and decided to retire from there last July. Once I retired from the hospital, I updated my head shot with my agency to show off my silver hair. I have filmed two commercials since last summer and had a very small role in a movie filmed in Licking County last fall. It is not a lot of acting work, but it brings me joy, and that is the Cindy Joseph philosophy.
In September I started working part time for a local retirement community driving residents to their doctors’ appointments just a few days a week. I transport them in a car if they are mobile, and drive a bus with a lift for those with mobility issues. It is very gratifying, and this past year being quarantined with just their cat, I am a welcome sight to talk to them as we drive to their appointments. One sweet little old lady said, “You must have driven a camper when you were younger, because you are good at driving this bus!
I was grateful to be chosen as a BOOM Ambassador in mid February. Recently my talent agency decided to close its doors, so I had to reach out to another local agency this past week, and they offered me a contract. I recently read Patricia Heaton’s book, “Your Second Act.” Between the encouragement this book offered, my new agency (PCG Talent, Columbus OH) and my natural BOOM Pro-Age confidence, I’m excited to see what my Second Act will bring!
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