‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz’s Advice for Making Dreams Come True Is the 1 Thing You Need to Hear Today

If you haven’t heard the story of how This Is Us star, Chrissy Metz, landed the part of Kate Pearson with less than a dollar in her account, you haven’t lived. Anyone with a dream should pick up what Metz is laying down. She’s proof that with the right attitude, anything is possible.

Chrissy Metz went from broke to superstar

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Landing the role of Kate on This Is Us wasn’t the overnight success story it sounds like. Metz has spoken at length about growing up in poverty. In a 2017 essay Metz penned for Glamour, Metz spoke of the helplessness she felt growing up without money.

“I’d be nervous walking home from elementary school, thinking, If that red tag from the power company saying our lights are turned off is on the door handle, I don’t know what I’ll do,” she said.

“And there were nights my mom wouldn’t eat dinner. She’d be like, “Oh, I’m not hungry.” I knew she was giving up food to make sure we could eat, but when you’re 9 or 10 years old, you can’t help.”

Money was so scarce, she mused at a time her mom couldn’t afford the Keds shoes she wanted. Her friend offered to glue the little blue label onto her Payless shoes so she’d fit in at school.

She went on to explain eventually caravan from Florida to Los Angeles where she bunked in a two-bedroom apartment — three to each room —where she took on odd jobs like nannying while acting in bit parts.

The excitement over the part didn’t last. Before long, Metz was back to square one.

“I almost moved back to Florida, but my mom said, ‘You can either be miserable here and not pursue your dreams, or you can be miserable in L.A. and at least pursue what you want.'”

Metz stayed in LA and became a junior talent agent (who already knew of the actress who plays teenage Kate, Hannah Zeile). She went on casting calls on her lunch breaks and, eventually, landed the role of Kate when she’d all but given up.

Metz continues to pursue different dreams

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Just as young Kate dreams of becoming a singer on This Is Us, Metz did, too. Now, it’s coming to fruition. The actress previously told Glamour she wanted to do some pop-country or country.

The video for her song, “I’m Standing With You,” was written by the iconic Diane Warren for the movie Metz starred in, Breakthrough. Metz first sang with country superstar, Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Awards.

If you’re a true This Is Us fan, you’ve already peeped the star’s Instagram page where the occasional snippets are posted. She belted the Breakthrough tune for the Las Vegas crowd of Live With Kelly and Ryan on Nov. 18 (her solo singing debut). Rumor has it Metz will have an album out in 2020.

Metz shares advice on how to make your dreams come true

Though Metz has sprinkled advice about how to achieve your dreams since landing the legendary role on This Is Us, she re-iterated during the speaking segment of Kelly and Ryan when asked what her advice would be for those close to giving up on their dreams.

“I understand,” she said. “Don’t give up before the miracle happens because so many times we’re like ‘it’s just not gonna happen.'”

Metz had just spoken about borrowing gas money to go on that This Is Us audition because she was “so broke” her debit card “was declined.” Said added that she couldn’t imagine not at least continuing to try to pursue the dreams but added a caveat.

“Do it for the right reason,” she said. “I think it’s the intention behind it.”

Without a clear intention, a dream means nothing. She admitted her goals were never about fame and fortune, concluding with one more piece of advice.

“Get a card and make sure you have money for good parking and your gas.”

Solid advice from someone who’s been on both sides of the coin. If you do nothing else today, set the intention behind your dreams and go for it. It’s what Chrissy Metz would do, and Kate Pearson would approve.