As I was thinking of all the freedoms I am so blessed to enjoy in this country (including connecting with amazing actors + creatives like you from all over the world!), I ran across this quote from Steven Covey and wanted to share…
What an inspiring reminder that we all possess the natural abilities of (more…)
Did you wake up today feeling love, appreciation, compassion and excitement? Or are you waiting to hear “Booked It” to feel any of those emotions? Here’s why that kind of thinking works against you and what you can do about it…right now.
Just so you know, I lived this way for years, riding the rollercoaster of emotions and allowing this business to dictate how I felt about myself, my value, my worth, my looks, my talent…all of it. Sound familiar?
So when you’re working you feel great (for a while at least) and when you’re not, you don’t?
As you well know, the life of an actor (even when you’re at the top of your game) includes a lot of days where you’re not working.
So, are you really going to spend all of that “in between time” feeling bad about yourself, your life and your career, waiting for the next job to lift you up again?
My friend, you have it all backwards (and I did too).
What if instead, you could reignite your confidence, release any thought or story that isn’t serving your highest good and create a new reality?
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts lately among several actor communities that have a similar theme of feeling lost and overwhelmed, and even thoughts like “Maybe it’s time to quit?” Can you relate?
What sparks this type of thinking? Usually it’s…
Watching award shows. Noticing other actor’s “booked it” posts. Seeing someone’s social media perfection. Delivering great self-tapes + hearing nothing.
What’s at the root of it all, when it makes you feel bad? Judgement, comparison…and more judgment.
Look, the logical ego-mind is always going to find reasons you are somehow “not enough.”
And unless you cultivate a daily practice that helps you refocus your energy and quiet the inner critic, this kind of thinking will take you down a dark rabbit hole…every single time.
Let me remind you that no actor is always pleased, always thriving or always feeling good(no matter what their Instagram reels look like).
So next time you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed, see if you do these 3 things.
1) Cultivate conscious awareness. Notice your habit of thought, and the ultimatums and judgments you whip up about yourself. Become aware of the meaning you are adding to an event. (Without the meaning you add, it’s simply an awards show, a post, a self-tape).
2) Recognize your default state. Notice your specific default mental pattern, and your go-to thoughts, that you often repeat on a weekly (or daily or hourly) basis like…
I should be further along by now. If I was going to make it, it should have already happened. That person is doing great, which means I’m clearly not enough. Everyone’s booking off their self-tapes except me.
3) Shift your perspective. Change your definition of the challenging moments + you will experience them in a whole new way.
So beyond grateful to be featured in FORBES this past week (and that Season 4 of Atypical drops on July 9th!). To live my dreams while helping to empower you to do the same, has been my life’s mission.
The last 3 words my late father left on my answering machine back in 1997 were “Keep Going, Sunshine.”
To sit down with Forbes and share how I’ve been doing just that for decades amidst rejection, setbacks and obstacles (while helping so many others like you along the way) was a dream come true.
An excerpt from Forbes: “Those three little words helped me navigate so many roadblocks, rejections, failures and heartbreaks on my journey without letting them define or defeat me,” she shares. “It ultimately means that when you come to what seems like a dead end, trust that it’s actually a divine detour. Pick yourself off, dust yourself off and get back in the game.”
Have you been feeling off your audition game lately?
Been questioning your self-tape submissions when you don’t hear anything?
Wondering how you’ll deliver in high stakes while on the job (with the new added stress of masks, shields, social distancing and self-isolation)?
I’ve been there too. Now that I’m back shooting my 4th season of Atypical, I know first-hand that returning to work in this climate looks + feels VERY different, and I want to share my insights with you (to help you skip the struggle + frustration) so you can thrive.
Imagine having a simple and empowering process to rock your self-tapes, book more jobs + shine under pressure…every single time.
Here’s a special message I recorded for you from the set…
I can’t wait to teach you an easy-to-implement process that has helped hundreds of actors (at every level + in every market) book more work in TV, Film, VO, Commercials + Theater. (yes, even amidst a global pandemic!).
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 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!"
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'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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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."