We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Eicher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
INTENTIONALITY with courage is the most important factor behind my success as an actor. Being intentional feels like a breath of fresh air. When I am intentional I live on purpose, from ideas to planning, to execution and fruition. And I remember to celebrate and be grateful for every outcome. Being intentional involves being courageous when making choices, knowing the consequences, and facing the fears – doing it anyway!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Acting is an art form that, like any art, requires dedication and continued training. The “overnight” successes are rare in any field, so the persistence to continue even in the face of what some would consider “rejection” is paramount. I’ve learned that as an actor my mind is my greatest tool! Our minds are powerful contributors to life’s reality, so if I listen to the “crazy roommate” in my head and agree with her flawed thinking, I’m headed down the drain! Additionally, this business is all about relationships so making connections with other industry professionals is critical. I don’t mean having the most Instagram followers. I mean creating real first-name-basis relationships with others who can depend on me to keep my word, be trustworthy, and make a contribution to their lives. I am most proud of the fact that I am 70 years young and still acting! I love my “day job” as a Master Instructor at Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts, where I work with Junior/Senior High students. Ovation is a safe, inclusive place where students who have chosen the performing arts as a career can receive professional instruction in Dance, Acting, Vocal, Musical Theatre, and Technical Arts. Our graduates have accepted large scholarships to major universities of their choice. Sometimes they are the reason I get up!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dallas Museum of Art, Flying Fish Restaurant, Gloria’s Mexican Restaurant, Dallas Arboretum, Sixth Floor Museum, Dealy Plaza, The Harvest Farm to Table Restaurant McKinney, Ft Worth Zoo, Little Elm Dallas, McKinney Performing Arts Center – always something fun!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I met my husband, James Lewis, over 10 years ago in NYC. It was immediately clear that we shared the same values of principle-centered excellence, spiritual and personal growth, integrity, and service. And we are both actors! It is lovely to share that mutual connection with someone who is “on your team”, always encouraging and cheering every success, large and small. His love and support keep me grounded and balanced. No one achieves any success without mentoring in their chosen career. I’ve had some of the same mentors for 20 years, Michelle and Robert Colt, NYC/LA acting/life coaches, and Jodi Bentley (who introduced me and James!) career/life coach. My newer mentors are DaJuan Johnson, an LA actor and founder of Think Bigger Coaching, and Andrew Hearle, coach and founder of Stagemilk Australia.