I Grew Up Deeply Ashamed (And Other Reasons Why I Do This)

    Whether you’ve been part of this amazing  community for years, or are just joining me, I wanted to share a deeply personal story with you today.

    Everything we go through in our childhood affects who we become, and as I was thinking about “why I do this,” why do I help to uplift + empower actors to create major breakthroughs in their careers and their personal lives, well, it all begins with my story of how I grew up…

    When I was growing up, I was deeply ashamed of my childhood home.

    My mother, though she was amazing in so many ways + supportive of my creative endeavors, was also a compulsive hoarder.

    Click the video below, as I reveal what I learned from growing up with shame, anxiety + around mental illness.

    And if you prefer to read the story as I tell it, here is the rest of the transcript that begins above… (more…)

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    How to Interrupt Your Negative Patterns + Find Happiness

    Most of us identify ourselves and who we are through our daily thoughts.

    Yet, studies show that these daily thoughts are 80% negative and 95% repetitive. (Uh, oh).

    So, ultimately, we are repeating negative thoughts daily, unless we become consciously aware and interrupt the pattern…

    …unless we find stillness, let go and quiet the mind.

    (Especially the mind that has you questioning your self-tape after you’ve submitted.)

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    But the ego doesn’t want you to get still, to trust or to let go.

    (Get still, trust + let go anyway.)

    The ego wants to control. And it does so by cleverly convincing you that you are (more…)

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    The Daily Practice That Will Make You More Productive

    The Daily Practice That Will Make You More Productive

    If looping thoughts tend to run your day, and you often feel overwhelmed or overworked, you’re not alone.

    I just got back from a family getaway + found myself feeling this way the very next day!

    When resistance shows up like this, keep in mind that it’s really just your ego trying to run the show, figure it all out ahead of time and keep you mentally busy.

    So what’s a multi-tasking actor to do?

    It’s at moments like this, when getting still will actually help you become more productive.

    It almost seems illogical to stop what you’re doing, especially if your to-do-list is a mile long (like mine often is).

    But, I’ve been amazed at the solutions, creativity + miracles that begin to appear when you take a break, quiet the mind + let go of how you think it all should go.

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    Yes, believe it or not, as you make finding stillness a daily practice: Solutions will appear. Creativity will soar. Miracles will happen.

    As you find stillness, you’ll begin to feel the layers of physical, mental and emotional resistance peel away + dissolve.

    Here are some helpful mindset mantras to get you started…. (more…)

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    Why Working Harder Is Not The Answer

    When you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked, what do you do? Work harder? Do more? Try and figure out how it’s going to all turn out and then talk about how it’s not?

    All that busyness just creates more resistance.

    So, how do you release resistance when you’re not feeling your best?

    Take more naps.

    Seriously. When you sleep, you cease all thought.

    Which means, all negative thought ends.
    All doubt ends.
    All fear ends.
    All resistance ends.

    So, when you’re feeling overworked, stressed out and frustrated, instead of doing more from this negative space (which will never lead to positive results), take a nap.

    If you need a permission slip (and a cute example), here it is….

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    Dogs have it right, don’t they? What if we took more cues from our pets?

    We’d have the perfect recipe for a happy life: (more…)

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    15 Lessons I’ve Learned On My Journey Juggling Career + Family

    I know we’re all trying to find some balance these days, whether you’re juggling parenting, kids being back in school, self-taping, your acting career, your day job, finding a new day job or just finding your sanity lately.

    I want to share some insights I have picked up along the way from my (now over a decade) journey as a parent, an actress and a working mom…so you can apply these lessons to your own life.

    (And if you’re not a parent, you can swap “my kids” and add in “myself,” so essentially you’re parenting yourself).

    It’s definitely been a rollercoaster ride, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Along the way, I’ve learned to celebrate progress over perfection as well as these insights. Enjoy!


    15 Lessons I’ve Learned On My Journey Juggling Career + Family

    1.     When I show my kids what it looks like to dream big,
    they learn that anything is possible.

    2.    When I show my kids what it looks like to fail + get back up again, 
    they learn to not be afraid to try new things.

    3.     When I show my kids what it looks like to be sad or disappointed, 
    they learn that it’s okay to express themselves.

    4.     When I show my kids what it looks like to cry, 
    they learn that all emotions are energy in motion + meant to be felt.

    5.     When I show my kids what it looks like to be a mother, an actress, a
    wife, an entrepreneur,  they learn that they, too, don’t only have to be
    just one thing.

    6.     When I show my kids what it looks like to do your best + still not get the
    job, they learn what resilience looks like.

    7.     When I show my kids what it looks like to want something + have it not
    work out immediately the way you want it, they learn what patience +
    perseverance looks like.

    8.     When I show my kids what it looks like to take care of myself, 
    they learn to value their own well-being.

    9.     When I show my kids what it looks like to pursue excellence, 
    they learn to raise the bar for themselves.

    10.  When I show my kids what it looks like to put the phone down, be
    present, spend time, to truly listen to what they have to say, they learn
    that they are valuable.

    11.  When I show my kids what it looks like to be scared, uncertain or
    fearful, but to take risks anyway, they learn to embrace the adventure
    of life.

    12.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find joy in helping others, 
    they learn compassion.

    13.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find the beauty in nature, 
    they learn that abundance abounds.

    14.  When I show my kids what it looks like to find the good in the toughest
    of situations, they learn the power of a positive mindset.

    15.  When I show my kids what it looks like to be kind to those who are
    different than you, they learn empathy.

    We all want the best for our kids, but it’s in showing them that it’s okay to fail, to be disappointed, to risk, to get hurt, to get rejected, to fall down, but to also always get up every single time, that we ultimately teach them to rise.

    It’s funny, as I put this list together, I also realize that my kids have really been my best teachers.

    I hope this helps you find some balance today with all you’re doing, embrace the rollercoaster ride, and also know that you can absolutely juggle both career and family.

    Let me know in the comments below, which lesson spoke to you most today.

    Here’s to finding balance through it all.

    -Wendy

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    Post-Emmy Funk? 11 Mindset Mantras To Improve Your Mood

    If you watched the Emmys, and it left you feeling inspired + hopeful for the possibilities ahead for you, that’s awesome.

    But if you turned off the TV and went to bed wondering…

    • Will it ever happen for me?
    • What do I do to get to where I want to go?
    • How will I ever achieve my biggest acting dreams?

    Here’s what you need to know today:

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    The only way to get to where you want to go is to first make peace with where you are. 

    So, if you woke up today feeling blue about your career, guess what? You simply added meaning to an event.

    You watched an awards show (an event) and made the fact that you aren’t there indicate that you have somehow failed as an actor (meaning you added).  And now you feel horrible (current outcome).

    Here’s what that math would look like on a chalk board: (more…)

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    The Mental Game Shift That Can Change Everything

    Today’s message is short but powerful, and one that I hope will impact you in the coming weeks, months + even years to come. 

    I love studying the inner shifts of successful people because I know that every outer success I see always began on the inside.

    I also love that Bryan Cranston shares, so truthfully, what really shifted within him to become the massively successful actor he is today.

    Check out this quick video to hear exactly what mental game shift he made, and how you too can adopt this new mindset in every audition or self-tape moving forward.

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    #1 Thing To Stop Saying Before You Self-Tape

    I’m sharing a quick video tip today to help you rock your self-tapes + stand out from the competition.

    I know a lot of actors are frustrated after doing self-tapes for over a year now and are still telling themselves, “I’m so much better in the room.”

    I get it that you might miss the connection, the interaction and the feedback of an in-person audition, but the thought of “I’m so much better in the room” is not serving you in any way when you’re about to do a self-tape.

    In today’s quick video, I share how you can flip the script immediately and what to say instead to empower yourself instantly.

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE IN THE FREE MASTERCLASS


    When you’re about to self-tape, stop telling yourself,

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    Secrets From The Set (How To Book More Work)

    So much has changed in our industry (and the world) in the last 18 months. I know there’s a lot of people out there suggesting you do all kinds of things to “be a successful working actor.”

    I’m so happy that you found your way to me, and that you’re here in my community, learning from someone who has worked consistently for the last 2 decades in TV, Film, Commercials + Voiceover, AND someone who has also been back on set, shooting a hit TV series – right now in this climate.

    Yep, that’s me! Back for my 4th season on Netflix’ Atypical.

    And what I love as much as working on a hit show, is sharing all of my best secrets with you!

    I’m giving you instant access to a powerful free training (that actors have called “game-changing”) so you can prepare like a pro:

    If you’ve been questioning your self-tape submissions (especially when you do great work and hear nothing) or you’re secretly wondering how you’ll deliver your best work on the job in this new environment, I got you.

    Learn The 5 Core Secrets To Becoming A Successful Working Actor.

    I put together a powerful (and free) training where I walk you through a simple + proven process to uplevel your self-tapes, book more jobs + shine under pressure..

    You have insider access to it right now…Learn the 5 Core Secrets To Becoming A Successful Working Actor.

    You’ll learn empowering methods + easy-to-implement tools that have helped countless actors (at every level + in every market) book more work in TV, Film, VO, Commercials, Theater. (yes, even in a global pandemic).

    You’ll walk away feeling encouraged + confident in your ability to navigate the road ahead, deliver your best auditions + bring your best self to the job. (Even when everyone around you is stressed out).

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    Where Real Manifestation Begins…

    Been going from feeling good one moment to feeling agitated the next?  I’ve had those moments too lately.

    Been starting the day feeling overwhelmed, check the news and then start feeling worse?

    Been noticing other actors thriving during this time + wondering “when will it be my turn?”

    I want you to know: You are not alone.  

    This past year and half has been an emotional roller coaster ride, like no other.

    As I go through my own ups and downs, I continue to seek new answers to new questions and I’ve been blown away at what shows up in the stillness of this process. 

    I know we all want things to change so we can start feeling better, but I also know that real manifestation begins within. (even during times of extreme uncertainty)

    We’ve been conditioned that seeking external circumstances (and even material things) will somehow make us feel bliss. 

    We spend our days, months + years striving to get somewhere, in the hopes that when we arrive at our “destination,” we will somehow feel better.

    We put off our happiness to the elusive, “One day when this happens, I will feel amazing…” kind of thinking and we spend our lives chasing a dream of happiness that somehow still, no matter what we obtain or achieve, continues to elude us.

    Mainly because we didn’t learn (or perhaps we forgot along the way), that the key to creating something is to embody the emotions ahead of time.

    Not waiting for the manifestation to bring the feeling, but to create the feeling within now. That’s the inner work. (And most people are going about it backwards). 

    Imagine feeling the bliss you’re seeking…today.  ​​(We’re actors, so using our imagination to feel is something we all know how to do for a role, but now it’s time to be diligent about doing this in your daily life.)

    And when you do, not only do you shift your state of being, but your world shifts to match the feeling.

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