A Letter from a woman who understands your 81 cents in the bank moment.
I once had 55 cents......
Congrats on your “This Is Me” book launch! Also, i’m writing you to say thank you. Thank you for your real life story. The story you shared not just as Kate Pearson on This Is Us, but the story you’ve shared as Chrissy Metz- you’re a woman that persevered, and didn’t let your 81 cents in the bank moment define your worth.
You are an inspiration, and it’s because you believed in yourself enough to go for that one last audition with the 81. cents you had left in your bank account the day you auditioned. This was before you ever landed the part as Kate Pearson, were nominated for a Golden Globe, had lunch with Oprah, or before Ellen, or Jimmy Fallon invited you on to their show.
So you may be wondering why i’m writing you, we’ve never even met. The thing is, I’m writing you today is because we have a few things in common. First, we have both been on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon! (Ask me about dropping my phone and Jimmy Fallon picking it up, or asking Michelle Obama out for coffee!) Like you, I would totally think I was being punk’d if Oprah invited me out for lunch. (But a girl can dream right!?) But the thing we have in common that I think is most special and unique, is that we’ve both had less than one dollar in our bank account, yet we didn’t give up.
Your story is especially inspiring to me because I’ve been there in a similar moment, when I believed in my dream so much, that I didn’t do what seemed logical. A few years ago, I started My Social Canvas to help the next generation of girls in high school and college design the life and career they love. We’re a fashion brand, but we’re also so much more. All our collections feature designs created by women and girls to support scholarships, mentorship, and career counseling for our campus community of over 100 colleges and high schools nationwide. While we have had some success and milestones over the years, it hasn’t always been easy. I love waking up each day knowing that the company I’m building could help a young girl dream big in school and life. There were many times, I could have given up on this dream, but when you feel like something is your true calling, giving up on it, is far more difficult than continuing on. I believe in the power of mentors and strong female role models reminding us to never give up. The little things, like the potential of a conversation with a strong woman that didn’t give up on her dream, inspire us to keep dreaming big.
A major network approached me and asked me to start a podcast, offering to produce and distribute it. The podcast name will be $7 Dreams. Even though my bank account once hit an all-time low of 55 cents, there were other times in that difficult season that I also had $7, $2.50 and other amounts that really couldn’t buy me much. The $7 had a ring to it, so I went with that name. On the podcast, I’ll interview role models of mine that inspired me along the way. I’ll ask them to share their $7 moment (or your 81. cents moment) a time they could have easily given up but didn’t. It would be honored to have you as my first guest.
I know you said you always find yourself crying in bathrooms in strangers! That said, maybe we could do the podcast in a bathroom? And perhaps we could bring a few of the high school and college girls I mentor so you can remind them that it’s never time to quit?