VACATIONKaren Michel Pavlick

By Karen Ann Pavlick

Acting has become a lifestyle not a job!

Let me just say there is nothing 9-5 about acting! It is not a job you must love; it’s a lifestyle you must love to live.

I was sitting across from my tax man, watching as he flipped through my stack of returns, before bluntly saying, “You’re not just about money, are you?” I asked what he meant. “You always have so many jobs, you don’t seem to need the security of one steady job, like many people.”

I was instantly transported back to my childhood days. I was that girl that said I was going to love what I do and do what I love. It never made sense to me to spend the majority of my days doing something I didn’t want to do. I’m a numbers girl! So, “working” eight to nine hours a day, for a paycheck, only to retire someday so I could have a life, seemed like wasted years, to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I have had to take “jobs” for the paycheck, as all actors do, to pay rent, eat, get headshots and buy a pair of shoes now and then! My friends told me I needed to write a book about all the “jobs” it takes for an actor to act! So, I made a list, then sat in amazement; what I thought was a paycheck, was a payback; each “job” led to an acting gig.

FRAGRANCE MODEL to SOAP OPERA

My first “job” was spraying people at department stores! The money was great, $20 an hour, and I would take on three different fragrances at a time, so I was making $60 an hour. It was not fun, most of the times, I will admit, people ran away from me when they saw the perfume sprayer! However, one person didn’t, he was a very well-known soap opera star. I shared my dream to be on a soap opera and he asked me to send him a headshot. Well, guess what, I was cast on The Bold and the Beautiful!

SELLING JEWELRY, SKIN CARE, TEETH WHITENER & LOVE to HSN HOST

A director once told me I could sell ice to eskimos! I love sales and have sold everything, including memberships for singles who wanted to find love by participating in events, like bowling, hiking, dinner parties, etc. My sales resume was a big factor in getting hired as an HSN host!

TV COMMERCIALS to PRODUCING

If things didn’t slow down for me commercially, I would have never approached my friend who wrote a play, asking if I could produce it into a short film. I opened up my own production company, Hollywood Ending Films and produced two shorts. Both films won numerous awards including, Best Film and I was personally awarded, “Filmmaker of Distinction.” I then produced and wrote a documentary, Questions & Actors, that went behind the scenes of the acting business, which led to this blog!

SPIRITUALITY to TV Show, THE MESSENGERS

I would have never believed sharing my stories of finding pennies everywhere after I lost my father, would lead to being cast on the TV show, The Messengers. I found producing fun and wanted to take it to the next level. When I heard about this positive reality show, I called the production company to see if I could help in any capacity. When I didn’t hear back, I showed up at the audition and waited five hours to get in that room! When I walked in, I told them I wanted to help produce and they asked if I had any inspiring story. I shared how I find pennies everywhere since my father passed, how my faith has grown and life never really ends. Well, I got cast as one of ten messengers!

FLIGHT ATTENDANT to?

My new role is a flight attendant. I wanted to travel more, share my book and be an inspirational speaker to women regarding their childhood hearts. I am not sure where my travels will take me? Maybe I will meet my guy in the sky, I don’t know, but, what I do know is I’m trusting the process; acting is not a job, it’s a lifestyle.

My tax guy was right on, I have never been about the money, not that I don’t enjoy the freedom that comes with it, I do! I have always been more about creating a life I don’t need a vacation from, so I am not counting the days for the weekend to come! My security…well, that has never been in a job, I needed something more steady, so I deposit and withdraw from the Bank of God!

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Karen Ann Pavlick started her career as an NFL CHEERLEADER for the Raiders. This led to an acting career and first film, PATCH ADAMS with Robin Williams, directed by her favorite, Tom Shadyac. With over 60 national TV Commercials, appearances on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, GENERAL HOSPITAL, reality shows to Show Host for HSN (Home Shopping Network), Karen feels blessed for the opportunities that continue to come her way and grow her! She was honored  with “Distinguished Filmmaker,” after both her short films, under her production company, Hollywood Ending Films, won BEST FILM. 
Karen has a passion for travel, unique spas, the outdoors, being surrounded by family and friends, and a love for wine. “I would love to write and live on a vineyard!” This may come sooner than later as Karen’s first self-help/discovery book is near completion. It has been placed on her heart to travel and speak to women all over the world, helping them to heal their childhood hearts.

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