Firstly, I am so glad I found this page. I’ve been wanting to tell you the impact you’ve had on my life for over a year now, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. Now here it is, the perfect opportunity, so here I go.
My family and I started watching Buffy a couple of years ago. My parents hadn’t watched it when it originally aired, but we were all Joss Whedon fans, so we gave it a try. I instantly related to Willow, because she was exactly as I was at that time, though I was a bit younger. I also really liked Giles. The way he cared for the Scoobies and how he didn’t really fit in struck a chord in me. As we watched, I liked him even more.
While we were watching the third season of Buffy, we started watching Merlin. Living in America, we started when the third season was airing here and watched the first two on reruns. I instantly realized that Uther was Giles, and I was the only one in my family who liked him. What I quickly realized was that I didn’t like Uther, I liked your portrayal of him. When I realized this, I really started taking an interest in the actors/actresses that I was watching in shows and movies. I started to learn about you and all of the amazing things you do. When I discovered Music for Elevators, I listened to all of the songs over and over to find every bit of meaning in them. Needless to say, they made me admire you as a person even more, and I started to really look up to you.
When I entered High School, I was able to participate in the school plays. I was very scared, but also very determined. I felt that I owed it to you to try it, even though I didn’t owe anything. I looked up to you so much that I was going to do it no matter how nervous, scared, or uncertain I was. I auditioned, got a part, and apparently did brilliantly. I got so many compliments, and the director, who was also my favourite teacher, even said to me, “I think we’ve found your calling.” With the next play, the same thing happened.
I always imagined myself being some kind of scientist when I grew up, but now I’m not so sure. I am very seriously considering a career in acting, and it is all because of you. You gave me the courage to try something new, which, as it turns out, I really enjoy and am good at. You are the best role-model I could have asked for, both on and off the stage/set/studio, and you are just being yourself.
Well, there you have it. You have changed my life more than I can portray through my clumsy use of words, but I think you get the gist of it. Thank you, Mr. Head, for being such a wonderful person and role-model to me and for giving me the confidence to try acting. I sincerely hope that I will get the chance to meet you some day, so I can tell you all of this in person.
Rachel Ohio, USA