I have had moderate success in spite of dyslexia and the list of those that have dealt with this condition / disability is numerous. E.g. Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs, John F Kennedy, Walt Disney… I am not comparing my self to any of these as to success but know that my disadvantage only meant I had to work harder.
I know some within our community who have never been able to rise above being transgender. They obsess about gender reassignment surgery (GRS) until this conclusion consumes them. The question that begs to be answered - what do you want to be when you grow up?
For the last several nights I have been binge-watching the Amazon Prime series, Goliath. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as a disgraced alcoholic lawyer, now an ambulance chaser. He gets a case that could bring him redemption or at least revenge on the firm which expelled him. Producers David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal), Jonathan Shapiro (The Practice) are great storytellers and this one is A+. I have one episode left to finish season-one and was very pleased to find out that there will be a season-two, starting this month (June '18).
Today’s celebration runs to Alexandra Billings (Transparent) who is set for a key recurring role opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Morris Chestnut, and Ana De La Reguera in the second season of Goliath. Yes, she is a member of our community. Here is how Hollywood Dateline describes her success.
The role is notable for Billings, who as a transgender actress, is breaking through to play non-trans-specific characters. Best known for her role as Davina, mentor to Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura on Transparent, Billings also stars in the feature film Valley of Bones opposite Autumn Reeser and Rhys Corio, set for release in September. It too is a non-trans-specific role.
Congratulation - I applaud her hard work and ambition. She is a great actor and deserves this opportunity based on what I have seen of her other roles. Let’s all celebrate as one of our community does well. As we contemplate our own escapes, let us all find opportunities - Not see obstacles.