A Beautiful Turning Point

Last night for the first time in many years, I did not have a New Years Eve gig. There was a time I would have been depressed about that. Gigs pay twice, some times three times, as much on the party night of the year. Every performer in the universe works on New Years Eve.


From the time I was fourteen and performing professionally, I spent most New Years Eves on a stage singing with a band. I can't tell you how many times we followed up Auld Lang Syne with Prince's "We're gonna party like it's 1999!"


I did not sing that song last night.


Nor did I perfom in a choregraphed dance routine and then later create hoopla with the guests of a casino's high roller party.


Nor did I emcee a casino sweepstakes like I did last year. Read about the twelve-hour nightmare here.

No, yesterday, after working a short day at the library, I came home and treated myself to Chinese take-out (my fave), edited a few chapters of an upcoming release, then spent a quiet evening with my husband watching an old movie and sharing a bottle of champagne. This year, for the first year in many, we actually shared a NYE kiss at midnight. Ah, bliss.


Not having a booking on NYE and not being depressed about it marks a turning point in my life. Accepting that I am a (99%) retired performer.... and not caring. After nearly thirty years in 'showbiz', I've moved on. I'm still entertaining... but with words. And I don't have to be skinny and young and where skimpy clothes to do it. I'm more content, happier, than I've ever been. I'm looking forward to the coming year, even though I know it's filled with a lot of hard work. My gut tells me it will also be filled with excitement and wonderful surprises.

Wishing you all a joyous and content 2008!

So how did you ring in the New Year?

Comments

flchen1 said…
Oh, Beth!! What a wonderful and exciting new year it's going to be for you! Sometimes changes are scary, but this change to your NYE routine sounds terrific!! Yay for you, Beth!
Constance said…
Beth, are you... are you... growing up?? Say it ain't so! :)

Happy Year of the Rat!
RSusan51 said…
Beth, I hope 2008 brings even more success than 2007! And I wish you much happiness, time with friends and family and good health. Last night my husband and I went to the movies (National Treasure 2--we loved it--very entertaining) than relaxed, read, and watched the ball drop.
barb said…
Happy New Year. We also spent it at home. Larry, Logan. Jax and I watched the Dick Clark New Year's special and all the the countdown together. Luckily that happens at 11:00 my time. We were all in bed by 11:15. It was fun and we didn't have to deal with the intoxicated people.
Beth Ciotta said…
flchen1, your consistant good cheer makes me smile. What a joy you are! Wishing you and your family a fabulous new year!!

Constance... Growing up? Nah. I'm a kid at heart. I still collect stuffed animals and believe the best in the worst of people. :-) No. This is more about... growing wiser. Priorities shift as you get older and, at least for me, for the better. The need to impress and to be respected by my peers, is no longer a pressing matter. Nor do I burn to be a 'star'. You can't imagine the relief. Or maybe you can. :) Good to see you here again. All best in the New Year!
Beth Ciotta said…
Happy New Year, Roni (another constant source of good cheer!). Sounds like you had a fabulous NYE. I've heard lots of fun things about National Treasure 2. A must see for me. At some point anyway. I very much enjoyed the original movie! I'm a suker for anything Indiana-Jones-like. Wishing you all best, personally and professionally, in the coming year!
Beth Ciotta said…
Barb, the image of you, Larry, Logan, and Jax watching the ball drop together is priceless. I can't believe Jax stayed awake that late. Oh, wait... Yes, I can. LOL. Please hug your (my) beautiful family for me. As for you and me (and Brenda!), here's to Italy in 2009!
Lara said…
Happy New Year, Beth! :)

It's okay that you're retiring (or semi-retiring?) from showbiz. I expect there are many exciting days ahead of you in the publishing gig!

Wishing you every success and happiness in 2008 and beyond....

p.s. Gotta tell ya, I *love* that picture of you on the shore! Gorgeous!!
Beth Ciotta said…
Ah, Lara. Thanks so much for chiming in. I've been thinking about you for weeks! Thank you for your good wishes and sending the same right back atcha! You're on fire, woman, and I just know you'll be smokin' in 2008!

Cheers!
Beth

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