Finding My Voice: An Interview with Maria Carr

When Maria Carr asked me to be a guest on her TV show At Home, I almost said no.

I wanted to do it.

But I was scared.

Would anyone beyond my close-knit circle care about ‘dare to dream'?

Could I distill my ideas into 2-3 minute snippets?

Would I get overly nervous?  (I still remember cheerleading tryouts my junior year — the year I didn't make it — my voice audibly quavered).

And what would I wear?   Would I look good on camera?

But if I said no, if I didn't face my fear, if I didn't thank Maria for the opportunity to practice finding my voice, wouldn't I be hypocritical?

So I said yes, I prepared, and fortuitously I was surrounded by an ad hoc ‘dare to dream' team the morning of the interview. Two of my friends called to wish me luck. Maria kindly prepped and encouraged me. Lovely Dawn Weidauer did my hair and make-up while production manager Lisa Edwards ingeniously gerry-rigged my broken earring with copper wire. I could go on…

As you'll hear in the clips, I stumbled a bit here and there. But — I did it — I faced my fear and walked through the unknown!

It will be easier next time.

Is someone handing you an opportunity to find your voice — and you're not saying yes because you are scared?

Dare to Dreamgirl: Maria Carr

Say hello to dare to dreamgirl Maria Carr.

There are so many things I could say, but probably best if I introduce you to her briefly, and then let Maria tell you her story in her own words.

Maria came to the U.S.  as a young girl – she and her family were refugees from Castro's Cuba.   She has been an actress all of her adult life, and long held the dream of having her own television show.

And now she does.

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If you click either here or on the banner below, Maria shares with us her feelings just after At Home with Maria had debuted.

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In her blog post Dreams and Cliff Jumping, Maria shares that after months of planning and years of preparation, she just wasn't sure she wanted to do this television show anymore.

Finally, you can watch and listen to Maria on air.

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Have you had the experience similar to Maria's?  After years of preparation, you were ready to make your dream happen, and then you weren't so sure you wanted it anymore?  Or it didn't turn out as you had expected?

Will you head over to her blog and tell her Atta Girl?


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