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How To Get Over A Dry Spell In Your Acting Career

I know for some actors, last year provided the “longest dry spell ever” in your acting career, and thoughts of “I’m not enough, I haven’t done enough + I’m not far enough along” have been haunting you lately as you go to self-tape (or maybe even just get out of bed).

Well, then it’s divine timing you are reading this today, because I am here to tell you 3 important things:

  1. You are more than enough (no matter what your resume says right now).
  2. You can get to where you want to go (no matter how long the dry spell has been).
  3. The breakthrough begins within (and you’re worthy of your biggest dreams).

I’ll put it in mantra form so you can say it out loud with me…

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The Abundant Actor’s Mindset

I’m on a getaway with my family, snowboarding + sledding at Mammoth Mountain, and I’m about to head back to shoot another episode of Atypical this week.

Meanwhile, my Success Breakthrough Workshop students are continuing to thrive in their lives and careers, while my Spotlight Club members are loving the latest mindset tools I’ve created this month for elevating their perspective.

And all of it got me thinking about you and the abundant actor’s mindset.  

It would seem like vacations and bookings and breakthroughs happen, and then you feel abundant…right? 

Well, it actually works the other way around.

The mindset work is the behind-the-scenes daily practice I’ve been doing for decades, even when I lived in an apartment right near the freeway and there wasn’t a booking in sight.

It’s woven into everything I teach, because I’ve seen firsthand how it’s affected my own life + acting career, and how it’s benefitted hundreds of actors in my programs.

So, where do you begin?  Well, there are 1440 minutes in every day.  

How are you spending most of them?

Are you looking for what’s missing and commenting what isn’t working?
Are you looking for things to appreciate and talking about what is working?

If your thoughts and conversations all center around lack and scarcity, then you’ll have trouble aligning with prosperity.

So how do you let go of lack + tune into a more prosperous life? 
It all begins with your focus.

As you look for signs of prosperity, you’ll begin to feel the energy of prosperity.

It may seem like “feeling” prosperous doesn’t matter if there’s not a ton of money in your bank account, but this where true prosperity begins.

To live a prosperous life,
you must become one with the energy of prosperity.

Unless you turn this common knowledge into a common daily practice, you won’t see much shift in your abundance.

Here are 25 mindset mantras to help you begin to let go of lack + invite in prosperity.

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Celebrating YOU today…

It’s my birthday today, and I want to thank you for being a gift to me.  I read every comment, every email, every moment you share with me (and have for over 10 years) and it touches me so deeply.

It’s truly a gift to know that sharing my heart, my stories, my victories, my challenges + my teachings with you week after week, help to inspire, uplift + empower you to keep going + shine your light brighter. 

To all of the amazing students in my Success Breakthrough Workshop, and awesome members of my Spotlight Club, to witness the radical life transformations and career breakthroughs actors all over the world have experienced from our work together fuels my soul + makes my heart sing

So I am celebrating it all today.  To celebrate my life, is to celebrate you, because it wouldn’t be the same without you.

I’m also taking time to slow down and connect with cherished friends + family. 

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3 Tips For Audition Success (How I Booked The Lead From A Cold Read)

Today, I want to share the full story of what I did to book the lead role in “Donny’s Bar Mitzvah,” a film that premiered this past week on Apple TV + Amazon Prime.

SPECIAL NOTE: You’re invited to join me and the film’s writer/director, Jonathan Kaufman, in my Clubhouse room today as he shares his insights on casting from the Director’s POV. Join us here at 11am PST / 2pm EST.

So how did this all begin?  And how can it help you in your auditions this week?

Back in 2018, I walked into an audition to read for a supporting role in a feature film.

I was 3 pages into my 4 page audition when the director stopped me and asked the casting director to give me the sides for a different role…the lead.

They handed me 15 pages of new sides and told me to “take my time” in the waiting room with the material, while they continued on with their casting session.

Here is what I did to book the role + my 3 best tips for audition success…

My 3 best tips for audition success:

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Booking The Lead (My Audition Mindset Shift)

I’m excited to share the news that I’m starring in the comedy feature film, “Donny’s Bar Mitzvah,” which premieres on Apple TV and Amazon Prime this Tuesday March 23.

What I love about sharing my journey with you is that not only do I seek to constantly learn + grow, but every time I have a career win, I love revealing the “behind-the-scenes” of how that booking came to be, so you can benefit in your own career.

It always begins with a mindset shift.  You wouldn’t know by looking at the pictures, but I’m here to tell you that the inner game work is an ongoing daily necessity, and always at the core of my own career breakthroughs.

Watch the Rated R Trailer Here.

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Want Radical Transformation In Your Life + Acting Career? Begin Here:

Join me for TWO free events today + begin your week feeling empowered. (Details below)

As a “recovering type A doer,” it was only when I stopped all the “doing” and began focusing on who I was “being,” that I was able to radically transform my life + acting career 2 decades ago.  

Teaching actors to “do more” is quite easy, and you’re most likely already inundated with directions on all you “should do” for your career.  (You know how I feel about the “should do” list, it’s often rooted in shame and fear, and isn’t aligned with your true purpose, which is why it feels so heavy).

I have found (and witness daily with hundreds of students in my Success Breakthrough Workshop and members of my Spotlight Club who know the importance of prioritizing their inner game practice), that taking a good look at who you are being and shifting that first, is the key to real + lasting change. 

It’s also often the hardest to do, which is why most actors just get “busy doing more.” (And I know, because I’ve tried that for years, and found myself exhausted, frustrated + unfulfilled).

But the combination of applying spiritual inner game breakthroughs with practical outer game success strategies, is what lights me up and has changed the game for me and so many others. 

And today, I’m offering up both in 2 free events + you can join from anywhere in the world.

  1. On Clubhouse with CD Lisa London Today at 11am PST.
    Join us here. And follow @wendybraun 
  2. On Awake TV as a guest expert on Meditation at 12pm PST
    Tune in here as I facilitate a powerful guided meditation.

First, the amazing + generous casting director, Lisa London is my special guest inside my Clubhouse room: “Success Breakthrough Chats With Industry Experts,” where we’ll be talking about what it really takes to breakthrough, the inside scoop on the latest casting trends, and we’ll answer your questions in our live Q+A!

Join us here.

Follow @wendybraun and get notified when the room starts.

Then, be sure to bookmark my episode of Awake TV’s “Coalition For Global Unity” here as we discuss how easily the inner critic can take over and practical + simple ways to quickly quiet the mind.  

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Connecting On Clubhouse: Success Breakthrough Chats With Industry Experts

My mission is always to inspire uplift + empower actors in everything I do, and so I’ve decided to host a room on Clubhouse app (starting TODAY) called ”Success Breakthrough Chats With Industry Experts” ? and wanted you to be one of the first to know!

Every Monday, you can join me live at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GST from anywhere in the world. as I invite casting directors, directors, producers, writers, agents, managers, coaches, working actors and more to offer up their best tips + practical insights to help you turn your biggest dreams into reality.

And today, I’m kicking off the party with my first guest, one my favorite casting directors, Seth Caskey!  

We’ll be talking about what it really takes to deliver self tape success, the inside scoop on the latest casting trends, and we’ll be doing a live Q+A, where you can ask us anything!  

Join us today at 11:00 AM PST.  Here’s the direct link: https://joinclubhouse.com/event/PDprqpQR

Tune in for a high-vibe + illuminating conversation to get you in the right headspace for the week ahead. 

If you haven’t heard, Clubhouse is a new iPhone app that allows people to host and join audio conversations with other users. (They say an Android version is coming soon.)

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The Two Ways To Approach Your Life + Career: Which will you choose?

How have you been feeling lately?  Have you been feeling inspired + motivated or lethargic + unproductive?  I know the last 12 months have been a roller-coaster ride.

As we begin the 3rd month of 2021, I hope you are making your mental health + self-care your #1 priority.  (And yes, it effects everything you do for your acting career).

How do you know if you have an effective daily well-being routine?  Here’s a great way to check in: 

Have you been allowing outer circumstances + events to dictate how you feel each day or have you been aligning your mind + getting out ahead of it all, as you begin your day?

To be on a creative path, is to be on a spiritual path.  The good news, is you have more creative control of your life than you might think, even when external circumstances seem limiting.

So often we think that life is just happening to us, and we forget that our energy and perspective plays a vital role in the unfolding of it all.

Best-selling author, Dr. Joe Dispenza says,

“When it comes down to it, there are 2 ways to approach our lives: either as the victims to our lives or the creators of our lives. To live as the victim is to live within the limited belief system that everything in our outer world is happening to us.

Simply put, when things are good, you feel good. When things are bad, you feel bad. That’s the polarized world of victim consciousness in a nutshell.

Creative consciousness, on the other hand, is the awareness that when you feel joy, love, or gratitude before your creation is made manifest—& you combine that energy of joy, love, or gratitude with the intent of new information—it is that elevated frequency that can carry that thought.”

Quotes like this always inspire me so much.

When you learn how to choose your thoughts + emotions (no matter what is going on in the outside world), you become a master of your life.

And what happens, is you begin to see yourself as infinite intelligence sees you.

In fact, here is what infinite intelligence would tell you today, my fellow creative warrior…

You matter.
You belong.
You are important.
You are powerful.
You are ready.
Your time is now.
You playing small does not serve the world.
There will never be another you.
You have many gifts to share.
You have many amazing experiences ahead.
You are worthy of all of life’s beautiful blessings.
You are ready to receive.

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3 Powerful Statements To Invite In Abundance

We all want the conditions to change to bring us happiness. If we could only book the job, find the mate, win the award….then, we’d feel better.

At the root of all that is feeling like somehow we are not enough, or worthy or valuable without the external condition we want being met.

I get it. I’ve been there. Heck, I was there last month when a few self-tapes I felt great about turned into…well, not booking the job. (Then Atypical called, and now I am back for Season 4). What a rollercoaster ride we go through as actors.

We put our hearts + souls into every audition, and when it doesn’t turn into a booking, it can chip away at who we think we are.

Now, I love that I get to play for a living, and I was proud of the work I did in both of those auditions, but it got me thinking about how much we define ourselves by whether we book the job or not + how dangerous that can be to our self-esteem.

So, my #MondayMotivation is for you to begin the week knowing this…Whether you booked a job this month (or year) or not.
Even if you had 5 self-tape auditions with no callbacks.
Even if you have friends whose lives look perfect on the outside.
Even if you’re going through a rough time.
Even if you just got your heart broken.
Even if you don’t know how you’re going to pay your rent.
Even if you’re feeling sad.
Even if you’re feeling frustrated.
Even if your big dreams haven’t come true yet.
Even if you wonder how they ever will.

Please know, that your happiness, doesn’t lie in the next “booking.”

Sure, it’s fun to book the job, but don’t spend your days between now + then waiting to be happy, to feel like you’re enough, to feel worthy or to feel valuable.

Your happiness and all those feelings are a gift you can give yourself TODAY.

No matter where you are in your life or career (even if it’s not quite where you thought you would be by now), please breathe this in…

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How Small Shifts Can Equal Big Results

Sometimes it’s the smallest shift that can produce the biggest results.

I see it every day with the hundreds of amazing actors I have the privilege of mentoring in my course + in my private coaching community and I always marvel at how easily + quickly the inner breakthroughs invite in the outer breakthroughs.

If you’ve been putting in a lot of effort this year + already feeling exhausted, I want to help remind you of who you really are + encourage you to pause today, let go of limitation + breathe in the feelings of abundance.

You are abundant at your core.
Everything about you is abundant.

From the cells in your body to the neural pathways in your brain, to the taste buds on your tongue, you are made up of pure abundance.

You are worthy of your biggest dreams.
You are worthy of your biggest dreams + you have the ability to magnetize what you want towards you.

It all begins with your emotions. since what you feel, you attract + what you imagine, you become.

Anything you were taught growing up about money or success that isn’t in alignment with pure + total abundance, you can take a moment, to simply breathe, release + let go of it all now.

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