So, for my document of learning I’ve chosen to share the first hand answers I received from my eminent person Michael J Fox. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I was able to send and email with some questions to Michael’s assistant. She then forwarded the questions to Michael and he answered them. So yeah, a super big thank you to Norm Kerfoot (my interviewee) who set this all up for me. So here are the answers Michael gave me.
- Throughout the challenges you’ve faced, what did you do to stay positive?
I meet every day knowing that I have a choice to get out of bed, put one foot in front of the other and meet the challenges of that day, not replay the struggles of yesterday or anticipate the problems of tomorrow but just get up and kick butt.
- What was the biggest factor that affected your decision to leave “Spin City?”
I had taken on the new challenge of the Foundation and I wanted to give everything I could to that while at the same time spending as much time as I could with my growing family. Also, the hours that it takes to make a television show were at that time especially grueling so it just made sense to step away for a while.
- What is your biggest fear?
I don’t think about fear much. If I’m afraid of something, I face it, look at it from every angle, figure out how much space it really takes up in my psyche, by then it’s usually de-fanged and I can deal with it.
- What do you think you would have done if you didn’t become an actor?
Probably would have finished high school, gone to a community college and joined the work force. Yikes.
- What do you think are some best ways to keep a positive outlook on everyday life?
I’ll refer you to answer 1. Choose to be happy.
- If you had to choose one word to describe living with Parkinson’s, what do you think it would be?
- What piece of advice would you give to a young person trying to follow their dreams?
Every day envision what you are trying to achieve or accomplish. Affirm to yourself that that’s a reachable goal and be prepared to do the hard work that it takes to be lucky.
I feel that I met almost all of my goals for the project, which brings a real feeling of accomplishment. Also I feel a lot more confident than I did pre-eminent. It’s partly because of the speech. However, I think it was the experience of eminent, and making it out in one piece, that really boosted my confidence. I also feel that I improved my public speaking, and my overall people skills. Eminent really got me to interact with my peers through committee work, discussions, and helping others and getting others help.
So now the whole eminent craze is starting to come to an end with only Night of The Notables left, and I think it’s safe to say that I it has been quite the learning experience.