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Atlanta stage/film actor Jessica Miesel

In Our Own Words: Jessica Miesel of “The Resident,” an Atlanta stage, screen actor

Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in the age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we’re offering this series: “In Our Own Words.” In each post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as they navigate a new normal.


I’m a bit of a news junkie (that’s putting it lightly), so I definitely saw Covid-19 progress to where it is now. I saw a news segment with people wearing hazmat suits, and that’s when I started feeling nervous. I’m on the Fox TV show The Resident, and we had three more episodes to finish. Sadly, we had to wrap early. I was heartbroken!

Thankfully, I’m an introvert, so being aline is something I do well. But earlier this week I started feeling really down, which I’m sure is something we can all relate to at this point. I find doing something as simple as going on a walk, doing a “spa day” with a hair and face mask, or my new favorite pastime, TikTok [making short-form mobile videos], helps.

It’s easy to feel nervous for the future, but I know we’ll bounce back. I’m inspired and moved everyday by the kindness I see — even on Twitter, with people sending money to complete strangers via Venmo so their family can eat. It’ll take longer than we would want for things to go back to normal, but sooner or later this will all be a memory, and people will know how to wash their hands.


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