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Prepping for a Photo Shoot Day 1

So I decided to create a new photo shoot for myself.  I know, it sounds so vain, right? But I am a big believer in the power of the image, and how we really need to take control of how we want to be seen.  The first step is to sit back and think about WHO we are, WHO we would LIKE to be, and what is blocking us from becoming THAT FABULOUS.

One of my main blocks is my fear of other’s jealousy/judgement. I have been through hell and back, like many people have been through hell and back. I have worked my ass off, like many people have. I have paid my dues and then some, like other’s have. Why are people sometimes so mean to me? Why do I f-ing care?

I have to make a pledge to myself that I am going to give up control of what other people might think or say about me. I am not trying to take anything away from anybody else. I am trying to create something beautiful and inspiring by using myself and my life as my canvas. Sure, there will be haters, but what am I gonna do? NOT be fabulous? Stay in my house and wear my bathrobe all day? Become a bitter bitch with a chip on her shoulder? To hell with THAT.

I’m sure some people are wondering, “Why doesn’t she just shut up and be an actress/Barbie and be grateful?” Well, the fact is: I just can’t. I did that for years as a child actor and it crushed my soul. I am a person with ideas. I like to share them. So sue me.

Because I am almost done with my book, and I KNOW I am going to release it this year, I want to have some pictures of myself as a grown woman who is proud of herself. Images that reflect what I believe about women these days, and myself in particular.

This is what I want others to see when they look at these pictures:

~ a very strong, grown woman who has fought to retain her femininity.

~ a woman with a sense of humor about herself.

~ a woman with no shame about her sexual nature.

~ a woman who has NOT cut off her big nose to spite her face.

~ A REAL, over-40 woman who you couldn’t pay to be 20 again.

~ a woman who is not trying to be a reflection of a man’s fantasy.

My hope is that when other women, both young and old, see these pictures and read my book, they will think: I CAN DO THIS, TOO. I want other women to know that no matter what they have been through, no matter how awful, that they can still FEEL BEAUTIFUL and WORTHY and GOOD about themselves.

Because the bottom line is when WE feel good about ourselves, we are able to have the strength to build a more beautiful world – both for ourselves, and others.

And what’s wrong with that?

 

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9 thoughts on “Prepping for a Photo Shoot Day 1

  1. I’m not shy… I’m leaving a reply… yuck yuck… I love that shot of you right there. That one doesn’t count in the new ones, right? I agree… gotta have photos that you can be proud of in the here and now.

  2. Everything on your list of what you want people to see is definitely WHO you are, and who I strive to be as well. Whether they see it or not is irrelevant. As long as you see it. That’s all that matters. 🙂

  3. I will tell you why you care,because from what little I know.You are a Sweetheart,and like me expect better out of people.But sometimes dont always see that.Just be yourself and people will be who they are.You Stay Beautiful Cady Mcclain:)

  4. Cady–my wife and I are huge fans of yours as a long time AMC fans. You sent me an autographed picture last year which I proudly display in my Man Cave Room. We absolutely love you and you can do no wrong. If you ever get to Arizona we would both love to meet you. As one of the most amazing woman on the planet we both applaud you and we are looking forward to your book. Best wishes always.

  5. Love it Cady! One thing I love about being in my 40’s I don’t give a crap what anyone thinks about me, I have learned there will be some people that like me and some that do not.. I just try and be the best me I can.. Looked forward to the photos and your book..:-)

  6. I am a straight middle-aged female but not afraid to say “damn, you look hot”. She look better than ever. Wish you all the luck in the world. Yep, a fan of AMC from the get-go.

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