We had the good fortune of connecting with The Read Twinz Rachel and Autumn Read and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The Read Twinz, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Everyone has heard the popular saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” The phrase advises you not to concentrate all your prospects or resources in one thing or place, or you could lose everything. However, recently the narrative has switched. In the current hustle culture, the grind grind grind mindset, you’re to put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket, because if it’s not worth the risk then your dream must not be big enough… but why? Who’s pushing that narrative? Humans are multifaceted creatures. Why are we not allowed to have multiple passions? After all, how much of life did you really get to experience if you limited yourself to only one prospect? If you dedicate your entire life to one sole purpose, you will inevitably, after everything you’ve been through, end up asking yourself, “do I keep going or do I give up?” For a really long time we always criticized ourselves for pursuing and focusing on so many things all at once. We love acting, modeling, comedy, circus performing, photography, marketing, the list goes on! And while we mainly focus on acting, the other things are not on a side burner. They’re not a back up plan for if we decide to “give up acting”. They’re all things we put energy and time into because they make us happy. But we’ve been told by so many people that we’d never be successful if, “we didn’t put our ALL into just acting.” We were meant to believe that if we didn’t commit 1000% then our efforts were sloppy and therefore we’d never make it. So we doubted our abilities and felt like we must be half-assing everything we do because we give our attention and time to too many things, too many pursuits. We felt like charlatans because we didn’t put all of our eggs in one basket. We had multiple loves, but we were supposed to pick just one otherwise it’d never work out? What if we, for a second, entertain the possibility that it doesn’t work out. Then you will feel broken. Lost. No matter which direction you choose to go in. Because you’ll continue to wonder day after day if you made the right choice. You don’t have to live that way though. Both ends of the spectrum are just a philosophy, but you can choose which one better suits you. How to know whether to keep going or to give up? Find multiple things that make you happy in life and you’ll never have to ask yourself that question. Daniel Sloss said it best when he said, “I get my happiness from hundreds of different people everyday, a hundred different things… Every single one of you adds a bit to the happiness–so instead of just one main bit in the middle of the jigsaw its loads of little pieces. If one of them goes away, that’s a bit sad, but I can replace it.” Gary Vee is another person we find inspiring and the way he put it was, “99% of things don’t matter. So that allows me to not get bogged down by anything. And I’m a big fan of juggling 46 balls and being ok with 9 of them dropping vs. only trying to hold up one and making sure it doesn’t drop. Have a disproportionate comfort with failure, enormous gratitude, and a perspective on what it all means.” Live your life in such a way that you never have to ask yourself that question. And if you find yourself on the receiving end of that question, but you’re not the one asking it, just say this: what’s meant for me, will always be mine.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We love having fun and creating stories! No matter what craft we choose, be it aerial lyra, film, or modeling, stories are the root of the human experience. That’s what we aim to do with our work. Currently Rachel is working with Mitch Smith Media to produce her short film: Curiosity Killed The Katz! We will include a link to her Gofundme where she is raising funds for this project. There you’ll be able to read more about the project, see the pitch deck, and more. She is hoping to receive several film grants within this year as well and we’re really proud and excited! We don’t love the question “what sets you apart from others,” because what’s so bad about being like other artists?! All creators have something amazing to give to the world and it’s an honor just to be a part of the artistic community with so many amazingly talented folks! For more information about our journey and a detailed story of how we got to where we are today and the trails we’ve faced so far, read our first interview with Voyage ATL! Just type in: The Read Twinz
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.
We have plenty of experience being a tourist ourselves here in Georgia before we settled in! When friends and family visit from our home state, we always show them several things! Maine is mainly made up of forest and it doesn’t have any big cities (no Portland doesn’t count). Which is another reason we left the beautiful state because it doesn’t have very many opportunities to expand your horizon. Here’s what a week itinerary would look like! Day 1: Look up to see if there are any special shows. Either Broadway specials at The Fox Theater or Cirque de Soliel. Day 2: Shopping, shopping, shopping! The Mall of Georgia, Sugarloaf Mills, and Perimeter Mall. Day 3: There aren’t many places in Maine to get dressed up, so we take them to a big fancy restaurant in Atlanta like The Garden Room, STK, or The Sun Dial. Day 4: We’d spend the day in the city riding scooters on the Beltline and checking out the cool shops in Ponce City Market. Finishing the day eating at the Melting Pot. Day 5: Take a drive to the coast for a sunny beach day! Day 6: Take the ferry and see the Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Life can be a hard journey and I wouldn’t have taken as many of the risks I took to get to where I am today, without my twin sister Autumn Read. Teamwork really does make the dream work. Together we were able to make friends and connections with amazing people in a completely new state. Together we’ve found a community of people who love and support one another and have been so helpful, supportive, and kind to us. We’d like to thank all of our Georgia friends. Y’all made it possible to call Georgia our home and we couldn’t have done it without you.
For the Fairy Image please credit photographer: Eryn Price-Ormsby @silverwinteroak For the third image in the business suits please tag: Danny Delgado @_d_a_n_n_y_d_e_e_ For the image with actor John Wells yelling at Autumn Read for upcoming Kataklsym music video please tag: @scotthansenfilm , @digitalthunderdome , @john_scott_wells For the Alice in Wonderland photos please tag: Alice is Mallory Ivy @malloryivy , Mad Hatter is Cristina Delgado @magic_isnot_anillusion , and photographer is Kasey Rollins @rollinsmedia_