On this very day, December 12th, 19 years ago in 1997, my father passed away laying in hospice in the family room of my childhood home, the only home I ever lived in before moving to Los Angeles.
He died 3 years after I moved away. He was 77 years old, had me when he was 50, and was my biggest supporter, my biggest fan and my biggest cheerleader.
My father never met the man whom I would one day marry. I never got to do the father-daughter dance with him at my wedding. And he never got to meet or hold either of his grandsons, who he would have adored.
It also hits me in smaller moments. Like ones I’ve had this month, when I didn’t get to call him and tell him that I’m guest-starring, playing a pilot, on Grey’s Anatomy (he was a pilot in WWII) or that I booked a recurring role on a new Netflix comedy series and will be shooting 3 episodes before mid-January.
I know he would have been proud. He always encouraged me to “keep going.”
But his spirit has lived on within me every single day of my life. Guiding me, nudging me, quietly whispering to me to “keep going” despite setbacks, to get up when I have fallen and to keep shining my light, even on the cloudiest of days.
New York actress Catherine Rogala, began the year doubting herself when something wasn’t showing up in her career or her life exactly as she wanted.
But when I heard she was ending the year with her SAG card, bookings and multiple offers lined up for 2017, I had to find out what had shifted for her.
“I can fall into this negative spiral and feel unworthy of the things I’m working for. It didn’t stop me from working for my goals, but it was like I was trying to prove to myself I was worthy by achieving. The Spotlight monthly guided meditations help me believe that I’m worthy even before achieving anything.”
None of us are immune to feeling cranky. It happens.
We all have bad days, maybe even a few frustrating months, or for some Americans, an election that didn’t turn out the way they wanted.
I’m all for feeling your feelings, acknowledging your pain and your hurt. That is part of being human,
But at some point, whether it’s in regard to your acting career, your personal life or another’s political view, you have to find a way to shift from focusing from being critical to being compassionate (towards yourself + others). That’s when things begin to shift.
I’m going to leave the political debate for those on Facebook (P.S. it’s OK to take a break from that too)
And stick with inspiring and uplifting you, which is always my weekly intention.
But, it’s not that I am immune to crankiness. (more…)
When I heard that Karen Valero went from feeling stressed at auditions to working with Helen Mirren (and more!), I had to find out exactly what changed within her to create such a big shift in her career, since the inner change always comes first.
She declared a few months prior to the big booking, “I’ve been listening to the Spotlight guided meditations + writing in the Spotlight journal everyday + this is actually working! Everything seems so positive and I feel great about my goals. I’m so excited.”
That’s always the first breakthrough – feeling better. When you start feeling great about your goals, the Universe rises to meet you. When you feel good, you’re in receiving mode, you take inspired action and things just start happening.
Read our interview and learn exactly how Karen’s journey unfolded. (more…)
I just got back from a great vacation in Puerto Vallarta with my family. Yes, in the middle of October! Between the water slides, the surf break right out front and the chocolate fondue fountain at dinner, everyone in the family had a blast. (Oh yeah, and catamaran rides were included!)
I remember years ago, in my single days, I was so focused on pursuing my career, that not only did I rarely take a vacation, I barely took a day off!
What I know now is that we all need a break. Not only is it good for your body, it refreshes your mind, your soul and your perspective.
So, as the holiday season approaches and your schedule gets busier – remember to (more…)
As my kids were noticing Halloween costumes in the stores this weekend, I turned a corner and saw the Christmas ornaments being displayed. What?
With only three months left until the end of the year, the feeling of overwhelm can arise from added commitments, responsibilities and heightened expectations.
Maybe you have a long “to-do” list as we head into the holiday season or you’re wanting to tackle that one creative project that you never seem to find time to finish. Perhaps the thought of taking action sends you into overwhelm and you end up cleaning your desk or binge watching Game of Thrones instead?
If we want to overcome overwhelm, we must first understand what it is exactly.
I love this advice, from best-selling author Esther Hicks, and I wanted to offer my own perspective as well.
YOUR AFFIRMATIONS ALLOWED ME TO STEP OUT OF THE FEAR AND BE PRESENT IN THE ROOM.
"I just returned from an audition after listening to your guided meditations. Your affirmations allowed me to step out of the fear and be present in the room. As I waited for my audition I envisioned the session being successful and feeling empowered afterward. And it was and I did."
I BOOKED TWO ACTING GIGS IN THE SAME WEEK BECAUSE I HAD HER CD ON REPEAT!
"I listen to Wendy's guided meditations pretty much every chance I get. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have her amazing voice in my ear keeping me empowered, inspired + in the right mental space to persevere day in and day out. I booked two acting gigs in the same week because I had Wendy's Creating Powerful Auditions album on repeat. Thank you WENDY for your positivity + light!"
I BOOKED THE JOB! LISTENING TO CREATING POWERFUL AUDITIONS MADE A DIFFERENCE!
"Been listening to your "Creating Powerful Auditions" mp3 daily since purchasing about a week ago. Listened to it on the way to an audition...took a few moments before leaving my car to do the visualizations. I walked into the audition room feeling totally empowered, feeling light. I booked the job. I feel your album made a difference. Thank you, Wendy."
SINCE LISTENING TO YOUR GUIDED MEDITATIONS, I BOOKED 2 FEATURE FILMS
"I bought Creating Powerful Auditions and I listen to it every morning. "Empowering Myself" is my absolute favorite meditation, sometimes I put it on repeat until I fully and truly feel every declaration. Since I've been listening to your guided meditations I booked my first feature film + also recently booked the lead role in my first horror film. Thank you for coming into my life!”
I'VE TURNED A SLOW STREAK INTO A BOOKING STREAK AND I FEEL REALLY EMPOWERED.
"Wendy is so generous with her knowledge and understanding of the deeper, inside work that goes into living a healthy, happy, well balanced actor life. Her daily inspirations mean so much to me...and I'm grateful for the custom guided meditation she wrote for me. I've turned a slow streak into a booking streak & I feel really empowered."
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YOUR CREATION IS...VERY POWERFUL, IT CALMED ME, PREPARED ME & FOCUSED ME + I BOOKED JOBS.
"Since I began using your guided meditations I have now, in only a few months, booked up an entire year of work. Your creation is truly a blessing + very powerful. Before every audition I have done recently I have listened to at least 3 of your tracks and it has calmed me, prepared me and focused me."