Entertainment Alley: Does the Heart Matter?

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No one can go back and make a new beginning, but anyone can start from now and make a happy ending. Maybe you thought that you would be a millionaire by now, or at least successful, but for some reason that future you wanted hasn’t materialized … just yet. In my experience perseverance has always lead to dreams becoming a reality. I started acting as a kid and I landed my first national commercial at age 16. It was for the PSAT test or pre-scholastic achievement test. I knew I was bitten by the acting bug for certain. It wasn’t until I had finished undergrad school that I returned to acting first auditioning for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, Calif. The training I received there led me to become one of the first Power Rangers stunt actors, numerous commercials, and movie and television roles followed. I was 30 by then, but my heart said I was still only 20. Another actor comes to mind when I think about matters of the heart. By day, this actor supported her family hanging wallpaper and painting the mansions in Lake Forest, Ill., and working as a sales person for a Welcome Wagon company, using her contacts to book film and print locations in the houses she was painting. By night, she was improving her acting skills and moving from community theater to semi-professional theater. Her first break came in 1991. Although she didn’t make it until she was well into her middle years, her dream began in her 20 when her mother died of cancer. While in the hospital, her mother shared that her biggest regret was not following her dreams. This actress vowed, at that moment, that she would someday pursue her own dream of acting. This actor is best known for her portrayals of Karen McCluskey on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and of Mrs. Landingham, secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing. Yes, I am talking about the incredibly gifted, the one and only, Kathryn Joosten. Miss Joosten also recurred on Dharma & Greg and guest-starred on many hit television series, such as Becker, Arli$$, Ally McBeal and more than 20 other prime-time shows. She also appeared on ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital. Her credits are impressive for any actor, let alone one that only began the craft at age 42. Sadly, we lost Joosten last year due to lung cancer at the tender age of 72. Happily, her dream came true because her heart guided her toward the direction of her dream. Does the heart matter? You bettcha!
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Taylor Kelsaw

Taylor Kelsaw started his career in San Francisco, Calif. more than 30 years ago and has since worked on many highly rated television shows including “Oprah” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He loves to paint, sing, act and being the proud parent of three lovely children.