In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day here in the United States, I have to share a quick story (and then I’ll reveal the 15 Habits That Will Increase Your Acting Success.)
Yesterday, Ray Charles’ Georgia On My Mind was playing on my Pandora playlist. My 6-year-old was coloring at the kitchen table and asked, “Mommy, is this Martin Luther King singing?” Fascinated by his question, I asked, “What made you wonder that, honey?” My son replied, “Well, he’s singing about the peace he finds, and that’s what Martin Luther King was all about…peace.”
It was a moment that took my breath away: My kindergartner knowing of the peace that MLK Jr. was seeking and me letting my son know this amazing leader did it all with love and not hate.
I honor Martin Luther King Jr. today as his brightly lit legacy continues to remind us all to stick with love:
“I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speaking of love, hopefully you love being an actor. If you ever feel at a loss for what to do next, this week’s post will shine a light on 15 Habits That Will Increase Your Acting Success.
Since our destiny is created by our habits, and our habits are created by our choices, it really all comes down to the habits + choices we are making in our own lives + careers daily that will effect our success in the long run.
” Many of life’s circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep,
the people you choose to be with,
and the laws you choose to obey.” ~ Charles Millhuff
So, this is a great time to ask yourself 3 important questions.
Are the disciplines you choose to keep helping or harming you?
Do you surround yourself with people who uplift you or who put you down?
What habits do you choose consistently and how do they effect your success + happiness? (I believe in both)
Here are 15 Habits That Will Increase Your Acting Success:(more…)
Here’s a look back at 30 of my favorite insights to help you expand your heart, mind + soul, as well as your acting career.
I initially created ActorInspiration.com as a way to give back + provide powerful, mind-shifting resources + tools for actors to feel encouraged, empowered + uplifted.
In less than a year, I am amazed at the impact my heart-centered work has had on the careers + lives of so many actors around the world.
Thank you all for inspiring ME!
Enjoy + feel free to leave a comment below + let me know which one(s) spoke to you today.
Love + Gratitude,
~ Wendy Braun
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My kindergartener continues to be a huge source of my inspiration, and frankly, one of my best teachers (in acting + in life). He lives every moment in the present moment + always authentically expresses how he feels.
Last night, he didn’t want to do his homework. He had to write multiple lines of upper + lowercase “S.” He declared loudly ,”I hate doing this,” and scribbled S’s on a page.
I get it. There are some things I ‘hate” doing too, yet it seems the more I choose that perspective, the longer the task seems to take and the result is rarely one I love.
The same was true for my son, even at 5 years old.
I gently responded with…”I see that you’re frustrated, but what if you think about your friend Sophia while you’re printing your “S’s. You could even tell her you’ve been working on the “S” in her name.” He smiled. He loved Sophia, he thought about her for a moment and began to draw a nearly perfect S. I was in shock + replied, “Wow, that was amazing.”
Then I asked him, “Who is in charge of your mood while you are doing homework?”
He smiled + said, “I am.” And he just got it.
I didn’t know if my suggestion would work, that part was up to him. But watching a 5 year old go from hate to love in mere seconds and seeing his handwriting change accordingly confirmed what I know to be true…
I’ve run into many actors over the years who have said things like “I hate auditioning, I hate going to callbacks, I hate driving all over town, I hate this business.”
I’m not sure if any of them were consciously aware that bringing all this “hate” energy into their work, was not helping them get results they loved. They usually used their lackluster outcome to fuel their mood, instead of knowing it actually works the other way around. It’s so easy to blame auditions, traffic or a seemingly rude casting director when you don’t book the job, but the reality is you have the ability to transform it all. Once you see that you can choose a new perspective, you regain your power. (more…)
I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot lately, and it has been nothing short of scary and exciting all at the same time,
I’m in the midst of working on a new project that involves revisiting writing I’ve done for the last 10 years and mining out the gold, pain, heart + soul of my life. It’s brought up a lot of emotions for me and would be so easy to tell myself all of the reasons I shouldn’t keep going.
But when you know you are on a path of growth + expansion as an artist, stepping out of your comfort zone is really where the good stuff is revealed.
It’s funny how sometimes, the exact growth you are seeking can show up first as fear and easily convince you to stop you from moving forward. Our job as artists, is really, to (more…)
Haven’t you noticed with some people, success just seems to find them…over and over?
Things align for them. Success comes easily.
What is their secret? Connections, training, looks?
None of the above.
If you interviewed 100 successful people in our business, the common denominating factor in their success would be their…consistent state of mind.
More often than not, they don’t get stuck in a state of struggle, but find reasons to feel good now, matter what obstacles they may be facing. They make feeling good #1 on their To Do List.
From the outside, it may seem as if they are often “in the flow” .Which also means they don’t allow setbacks or rejection to destroy them. They also “go with the flow” more easily not allowing fear to stop them.
By postponing your happiness, you are actually disallowing the things you want to FLOW into your life! Look for reasons to feel good now every day + watch what shifts in your life + career.
You might hear most actors say…“I will feel so good when…”
Do you know how powerful you are? Really? Do you know that whatever you can conceive as true, you can bring into being?
But here’s the catch:You don’t get what you want. you get what you believe, or as Wayne Dyer simply states, “When you believe it, you will see it.”
So, if you’ve been taking lots of action to achieve your goals + not getting the results you desire, odds are, at a deep subconscious level, what you believe to be true about yourself + your dreams being realized needs to shift. When your beliefs change, so do your actions + ultimately so do your results.
“Your mental visualization will be accepted by your subconscious mind. If you dwell on obstacles, delays + difficulties, your subconscious mind responds accordingly, and you block your own good.” ~ Joseph Murphy (The Power of the Subconscious Mind)
So the next time you feel frustrated that what you want is taking too long to get here, remember this:
What if today, you could know,for certain, the following to be true:
You can know this for certain, simply by choosing to own the feeling. Once you do, you are allowing these 6 little words to change how you feel, shift your mindset + ultimately alter what comes your way.
Owning these 6 little words will certainly bring a sense of confidence + a relaxed easiness into your auditions, your callbacks, and your meetings. And who doesn’t want to work with that actor?
You don’t need to wait to book the right job to feel this way, you can choose it now, in this very moment.
You create your reality through your dominant thoughts. (more…)
How do you start your day when you have an audition? Do you speak lovingly to yourself, or are you filled with worry, doubt or fear?
How you begin your day, is usually how you live your life. Since every thought you think is creating your experience, it helps to be mindful of what you are telling yourself. We are all using affirmations all day long, the question is, are you affirming the positive or the negative? You’ll know by the way you feel.
Choose To Change It
If you don’t like how you feel, change your thoughts! When you start to change your way of thinking, your inner voice will always react immediately with either fear or love. But what if you used a different criteria for responding to your habitual internal dialogue? Try this:
I learned 7 inspiring lessons from watching last night’s Super Bowl game that you can apply to your acting career.
For those of you who missed it: Final score: Seattle Seahawks 43. Denver Broncos 8.
Whether you care about football or not, there’s always so much to learn from watching champions + the road it took to get there. 1) Why not you?
Growing up, Seattle Seahawk’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, heard his father tell him: “Why Not You?” And that’s exactly what he told his team all year long.: Why not us?
2) Believe + play like a champion every day.(more…)
We all do it. We allow the inner critic to take over + it often keep us from trying, leaping, asking, changing, and adventuring into the unknown.
After years of listening to my own inner critic, I now realize that it is simply my ego just trying to keep me safe. The ego likes control + is not a big fan of change. But within change is where growth + expansion reside. And I believe we have chosen to become actors in order to grow. (more…)
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."
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 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!"
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 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."