During my 6+ decades of life, I’ve reinvented myself many times. From actress to waitress, to wardrobe mistress, back to actress, voice-actor, a seller of makeup and skin care, networking club president, blogger, website designer, podcaster – with a few more in between. Who knew that I would get involved in Fortune Telling?
Halloween Fortune Telling gig
Right before Halloween, my daughter, who works for an investment capital firm, was taking part in a Big Sunday charity event at the Boys and Girls Club in Burbank. She asked if I would come and be a fortune teller. I’ve dabbled in the esoteric arts a little personally but never read palms, tarot cards or auras.
Being an actress and knowing that most of my fortune telling clients (for free) would be children, I said yes. I grabbed my rock and crystal collection, bought a dark pink gown at a vintage clothing store (for 8 bucks) put a gypsy scarf on my head and made my way to the event.
Most of the kids came from disadvantaged homes so my goal was to inspire them and keep things positive. I was told I may get questions like “When will I die,” and had to be ready to divert the question into a different direction. Luckily, at that particular event, it didn’t come up.
I set up my crystals and rocks at my booth with some Halloween decorations and decided to become Madame Patrinka with a Russian accent. Kids and a few adults came by to have their fortunes read. To get a feel for who they were, I asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. (or in the case of the adults, what they were doing now) Then I had them hover their hands over my “magic” rocks, that came from deep in the center of the Earth, to feel the energy coming up from them into their hands.
As the energy seeped into their hands I had them hold up their hands next to mine, so I could feel and read their energy. It was pretty weird because visions were actually coming to me. But what I mostly did was tell them something positive about themselves. Then, I recommended that they take 10 minutes each day to close their eyes and visualize themselves doing what they wanted to be so that it would begin to manifest for them. I’m a big believer in visualization and wanted them to realize they had the power within themselves to realize their dreams.
A few adults asked me questions about their families and relationships. It was a little awkward because I wasn’t an expert in fortune telling and wasn’t sure they’d buy my act. It was interesting, though, and I did my best to send them home with something useful to improve their lives.
Apparently, I was a big hit because I was asked to do another Halloween charity event with the same organization in Hollywood the next week. It was a much bigger event with about 700 kids and adults. We all had fun and it made me feel good to do something charitable and empowering.
Big Sunday Valentine’s Day Party
When February came around, I got another email invite to appear at their Valentine’s Day event as a love guru. I expected much of the same thing as before, but this time, I had my own office inside the building and all of my “clients” were middle school age to adult. My acting training had to kick into high gear because they weren’t little kids I could “fool” with my magical words.
It was challenging and draining. I don’t know how real fortune telling experts, hypnotists, or therapists, do it on a regular basis. It takes a lot out of you energetically. But people kept going away saying “Awesome!” “What an amazing reading!” “That was incredible!” Maybe I missed my calling.
It was nice to be able to volunteer, use my acting training, and give others who needed it a little hope.
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