via Justin Bull:
Alex Valentine had a career-defining moment of clarity early in life. He was five, watching a production of “Annie” with his mother at the Zieterion Theater in New Bedford, Massachusetts. While Orphan Annie sang and danced, Alex decided he belonged on stage. Now 36 years old, Alex has trouble recounting just how many plays he’s been in. But he’s also made a not-too-uncommon discovery: Getting paid to pursue your dream can feel like searching for a miracle.