Have you noticed, sometimes, that the harder you work, the tougher life often feels? (While others seem to float magically through life?)
Have you noticed that the more you push, make giant to-do lists + tell yourself you need to do everything at once, the more exhausted you feel?
Have you gotten so used to doing things this way, that you’ve even forgotten what brings you joy?
I know, because I operated like this for YEARS.
Yep. I used to be that actress who would never leave town (FOMO), was constantly working on improving my skills + definitely put “fun” last on my long list of “things to achieve this week.”
And it’s not to say, I’m against, working hard + mastering your craft. I still put my time in, but I just do it from a different place these days. A more aligned place. A place where I’ve first made joy + fun a priority. (Isn’t that why we’re all doing this?)
What I’ve noticed is that when you get back to what brings you joy, things start showing up more easily. People offer more assistance. And opportunities come when you least expect them.
When you’re finding joy in your life, Universal forces begin to work in your favor.
So how do you get into a state of ease and flow in your life, and have everything fall into place?
Take time for what brings you joy. (Hint: It’s kinda why we’re all here.) The achievement of anything that you desire must be (more…)
I know most actors go through some version of this conversation:
I’ll feel happy when…
I get a new agent. I get auditions from the new agent. I get more auditions from the new agent. I get callbacks from the auditions. I book the job. I book a bigger job. I book 3 big jobs in a row that don’t conflict with each other. I book a VO campaign. I book a 6 figure VO campaign. And on and on and on.
It’s almost like scrolling on social media. No matter what you find, you are training your brain to search for more, because what you find is never quite enough.
And sometimes we get so busy searching and seeking and looking for something (or even someone) to complete us or make us feel whole or make us feel like we’ve accomplished something, that we fail to realize our happiness is right here in this moment…whether we get the agent, the job, the bigger job, the campaign or not.
Yep. Right here in this moment, is not only where your joy lies, it is also where your true power lies.
Most rarely align with their true power because it seems illogical to them that there is power in relaxing, in letting go, or in love or joy or bliss. – Abraham-Hicks
Most believe in efforting their way through. But when things aren’t showing up, and you’re feeling bad about it in any way, it’s always a reminder to (more…)
Do you scroll through email and social media before you even get out of bed? It’s not uncommon, but it’s also not helping you to be productive.
When your morning habit is to tune into what everyone else is doing, needing and wanting, you lose the valuable connection with your own inner knowing.
This connection is very powerful + will guide you throughout your day, but it’s not found by scrolling through Instagram.
Social media will most likely lead you to comparing and despairing. (Not ideal for motivating yourself to take action, first thing in the morning.) Since your life is created by your habits, to wire yourself for success, you must (more…)
My wish for you is that, in this moment. you realize you have so much to celebrate.
Today, I am celebrating the sacred space we share together as actors on this journey.
Today I am looking back + celebrating the past year of Actor Inspiration.
It has been so rewarding knowing that whether I am feeling up or down, whether I booked the latest job or haven’t had an audition in weeks, I can share my heart, mind + soul with you here and it helps you on your journey.
In fact, one of my favorite comments to read after a blog post from an actor is, “This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I felt like you were talking directly to me.”
And in many ways, I am. Doing this work each week has helped me to feel a deep connection to those on a creative path – heart, mind + soul.
Below is a visual review of what we’ve uncovered together this past year.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s fun to play for a living, that’s for sure…but I had no idea how much this work of helping + inspiring other actors along the way, would end up helping + inspiring me.
Here’s to a year worth celebrating.
Feel free to leave a comment below + let me know which graphic speaks to you the most today.
Love + Gratitude,
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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.
I’m making it quick today, as it’s 4th of July here in the U.S (one of my favorite holidays) and we are having friends over for our 1st annual 4th of July pool party. (I’ll fill you in on how I created my dream backyard in another post.)
As I was thinking of all the freedoms I am so blessed to enjoy in this country (including connecting with actors all over the world!), I ran across this quote from Steven Covey…
What an amazing reminder that we all possess the natural abilities of (more…)
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"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."