Do you do this to yourself?
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 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 return to finding joy.
And instead of making joy this magical + elusive feeling hidden inside the next big job, the next milestone or any other kind of accomplishment, what if the joy you’re seeking could be found in the next moment? Right here. Right now.
Because the irony here is that this is where your true power and your joy are living.
All it takes is for you to become consciously aware + choose to recognize it in this moment.
Your ego will try to trick you, and convince you that your joy is wrapped up + hidden inside the next big job, in a fat bank account, in red carpet moments, or in the holding of awards.
And although I believe you can have all of those things, if that is your desire, I also know it’s not where you’ll find your joy, especially if you can’t find your joy right here. Today. In this moment.
It will always elude you.
So don’t hide your joy or power in some fantastical future booking, person or material object. It’s not there.
Your joy is also not hiding on any social media feed. So maybe stop scrolling for a few days.
Your joy is found in getting still. In letting go of constantly seeking. In knowing your inherent value – whether you book the job or not.
And if you need extra help finding joy this month, check out my latest guided meditation, Finding Joy, which is free in August only. (Then it goes up to $67)
This audio will help you to train your brain to recognize the beauty of this very moment, and the joy + power it holds, instead of always seeking the next big thing to bring it to you.
And what you’ll come to find with this mindfulness practice, is that as you start finding joy in your life right now, all kinds of manifestations will begin finding you.
And in the process, you’ll start having so much fun along the journey, that the destination might not even matter anymore.
Oddly enough, it’s when you let go of needing the job to give you something you think you don’t have, that is exactly when you start booking more of them.
Here’s to a week of letting go, counting the blessings already in your life + finding your joy.
I love hearing from you. Leave a comment below + let me know what’s bringing you joy today.
Love + Gratitude,
P.S. Want to make finding joy a daily practice? Use my latest guided meditation audio Finding Joy.