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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

An Amazing Man; A Remarkable Actor

Update, 2018: Jim Troesh passed away. My memories of association with this amazing being are all that I have left. I wish I’d taken more time, been more aware of the blessing I had been extended in crossing his path.

Way back in the late 80’s, I went to Hollywood for the first time. I was about 22 years old, had not gotten on a conscious path of spiritual awakening at all, and was consumed with the idea of being famous as an actress in films and television.

Fresh from all the accolades and praise from my instructors at a summer acting intensive, I was sure that Hollywood was just waiting for my tremendous talents and would recognize the gem that I was as soon as I arrived.

During that trip, I began to wake up as a spiritual being.

Los Angeles, in the 1980’s was a real good place for spiritual awakening to happen. I didn’t go there for spiritual healing or spiritual awakening on a conscious level but God had another plan and my subconscious mind knew it was time. In any case, I started on the path of healing childhood trauma that had crippled me my whole life long and also began the journey toward realizing the most important work my Soul came here to do, the work of a healing facilitator. I am as in touch with that work as an actor as I am when I’m counseling or doing energetic healing work with someone.

The first time I came to Los Angeles, I was in a major healing transition and also attempting to succeed as an actor. It was a volatile combination and, in retrospect, I’m glad I did not meet with any more success than I did.

I met a lot of typical Hollywood types on that trip and I met a lot of typical new age types as well. Mixed in with those were a few incredibly genuine people. I didn’t always know enough to see the difference. One person I utterly failed to appreciate was a man named Jim Troesh.

I met Jim when we connected by email to work on a scene for a director’s workshop at SAG. This incredible person was the first differently abled person I’d ever had close contact with. A quadraplegic in a wheelchair, Jim had more spunk and courage than I did, by far.

One example of Jim Troesh Spunkiness

I remember, in the audition for the casting director… oh, who was that… someone famous named David…

Anyway, at a certain point, I was standing behind Jim when he literally head-butted me. It so stunned me that I lost my place in the script for a moment. He used his head to express his irritation and it worked like a charm. I just wished I’d been a better actor then and could have used it instead of being thrown by it.

On later trips to L.A. (I’ve made about three) I reconnected with Jim and was able to appreciate him being in my life a lot more than the first time when it was all about me, me, me. We did improv together at Carly Rothenberg’s class at the Avery Schreiber theatre. What fun. Jim was brilliant at improv and totally fearless.

His writing was sterling, his courage was evident with every word, and his personality was uniquely entertaining. Even though he’s gone, I wouldn’t let Jim Troesh hear you saying it can’t be done because, every day of his marvelous life, he proved that it can be done and is being done with those who refuse to give up on their dreams.

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