June Diane Raphael Gives Her Younger Self Real Talk

Hi, June! Yes, you! I’m talking to you! It’s me, and by me I mean you but 15 years older! Isn’t this crazy? Please don’t ask me to explain the science of how that is possible because as we both know—I can’t.
I wanted to give you a couple of pieces of advice for your future. This way you can end up here where I am, but maybe even in a better place, like where—actually, I’m going to stop myself right there because that’s one of my first pieces of advice for you.
Stop comparing yourself! Sweet baby girl, you are unique and special just by virtue of being the only you out there. Your voice is singular, as is your career path, so you can admire Dianne Wiest and Diane Keaton and all the great Dianes, but stop looking around at your peers scared that they will get ahead without you. Keep your eyes on your own paper. Put your head down and work on your auditions. And speaking of…
It’s not about what you wore to the audition, it’s about how you made them feel. June, stop obsessing over your goddamn audition outfits. Wear all black for all I care. But stop buying clothes with money you don’t have. Stop bringing three different shirts to the audition and

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