Today I had a meeting with my agent. He’s one of the most down to earth genuine people I know. Which may not be good qualities for agents to have. Seriously. If my photo function on Tumblr was working I was going to insert a pic of notorious Ari Gold here, but alas, it’s not working. So just imagine.
Some actresses make the choice to wait and see if anything happens (big) with their career until they have a child. Valid choice. I was always told if I had a child before I got any sort of career underway I’d lose “all my drive and ambition to be an actress.”
Steve and I were talking about which after school activities Roan should do. Is there such a thing as too much and is there such a thing as too little? I found myself frustrated saying, “I JUST WANT HIM TO HAVE THE PERFECT CHILDHOOD!! LIKE I DID!!”
This struck me as a little surprising because my childhood was ANYTHING but perfect.
We have a babysitter who used to be a student of mine at Groundlings and who has become a friend. Having someone you trust with your kid is gold. I shared her with my friend Tanya and she has become part of our life. In fact it was she who had to deal with THIS event here:
hahahaha. Oh my.
Anyway she sent me this email and as a Real Hollywood Mom I had to share it on my blog. It means so much to me and the feeling is indelibly mutual.
Ariane & Tanya,Recently, I’ve been wanting to write you both thank you cards but rather than write two of basically the same thing, I decided to just conjoin them. Forgive me.. this might get a bit sappy but that’s what happens when you watch too much of the Oprah Winfrey Network. (like I do.. daily)I’m not sure either of you know how much you really have impacted my life, especially in the last few months. (like I said..pretty sappy..) If you didn’t notice I was really struggling emotionally, financially and I had no clue really what my next step should be. I can’t tell you enough how much it meant to me everytime I cried or complained or just needed to vent and you guys let me.And the fact that you took time to find me families that I would enjoy working for means so much to me. I feel a bond with both of you that I don’t feel with some of my closest friends. You both also have helped me back on the path of why I came up to LA in the first place.I feel so much more confident and egar to put in hard work because of all your encouragement and advice. Whatever happens in my career from here on out it’s partly because of you both. I’ll never forget it.Lastly, and I know I say this all the time, but.. you have the most AMAZING kids in the whole world.Ava and Roan have become two of the people I care most about in my life. They care so much for others, they have the biggest imaginations and are LITERALLY the funniest children I have ever met. I can remember so many days where I would be feeling terrible and I would get with one of them and I would instantly forget about why I was miserable.Truthfully, I sometimes like hanging out with them more than people my own age.I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m so so blessed I know you both. And as weird as it is.. when I was watching your video, I just got an overwhelming sense of appreciation.You have helped me through some of my really tough days and I’m so grateful. I have so much fun with you guys.. I look at you both as my mentors but most importantly really great friends.I love both of your families so much. Honestly I’m not sure what I would have done without you guy..Love Love Love -Ash
Roan doesn’t like vegetables.
So we juice mass amounts of greens and he drinks them instead. He probably gets more nutrients that way anyway. But occasionally we like to go to one of my faves, Soupplantation, and I tell him in addition to getting the pizza, soup and baked potatoes he wants that he HAS to make himself a little salad as well.
This is his salad.