I hope you’ve been enjoying July! (Whether it’s summer or winter where you live, I love connecting with actors all over the world each week).
That is the beauty of modern technology.
On a side note: I’m not sure how I missed feeling 2 earthquakes in one weekend, but I hope all of my Southern California readers are all okay.
Make sure you have shoes near your bed, flashlights and a battery powered transit radio as the very basics of your earthquake preparedness kit. Here is a full list of itemsrecommended by the Red Cross.
I just learned how to turn the gas off and the water main off at our house, just in case. Do you know how to do these things? Make sure you do.
I moved here 5 days before the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, and that one shocked me to my core. (So maybe that’s why the Universe made sure I was swinging on a swing with my kids this time around).
Whether it’s a dealing with a natural disaster or even dealing with the daily life of being an actor, I know this to be true…. No matter where you live, I hope you’ve also been taking time to pause this month, to get outside + enjoy nature, without checking your phone.
With modern technology at our fingertips all day long + requests coming at us from all angles, giving ourselves permission to pause, to take a break, as well as not check social media or email one more time, can be challenging.
Our brains inherently want to remain active + in charge, and not relinquish control.
But when we choose to pause, we not only give our brains a rest, but we are also (more…)
Three years ago, I went in for one audition for a “possible recurring role” on Atypical.
I remember vividly, sitting in the waiting room, filled with actors of all different types and ages. All reading for the same role.
I could have easily told myself that “they’d never book me because I’m too ________ (young, old, tall, quirky, etc).” Or fill in the blank with whatever you tell yourself in these situations.
But instead, I chose to focus on simply bringing my truth into the room.
The character, Kathy, was described as “the uptight, but well-intentioned leader of the autism parent support group + a friend of Jennifer Jason Leigh’s.”
I found the place in me that understood what this meant. No judgment. Just truth.
My agent at the time actually thought I should pass on the role because he thought it might not turn into anything + that it wasn’t big enough.
But I felt connected to this character on many levels, even though the scenes in Season 1 were short + sweet.
But the scenes were funny, Kathy had a strong point of view + I could see her becoming part of the fabric of this show.
I also had never been into this casting office, so I figured why not simply go in + do what I do + leave?
I’m glad I trusted my instincts.
Today, Emmy-nomination round voting closes (tonight at 10pm PST), and to be up For Your Emmy® Consideration as “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical, is a dream come true.
I hope my story inspires you go into this week believing in yourself + knowing that anything is possible,
My best audition tips:
1. Trust your instincts.
2. Share your truth.
3. Shine your light.
If I had told myself a different story in the waiting room, if I had listened to my agent who didn’t think the role was big enough and if I had tried to figure out what “they” were looking for….it definitely wouldn’t have helped me book the role.
It’s not always easy to quiet the inner critic or other people’s opinions, but you’ll find that when you do, what’s left is your intuition and it always knows the way.
It’s been an amazing journey (and an emotional roller coaster ride, really) since the beginning of the year.
Today, I thought I’d walk back through the ups and downs of the last six months, and share the lessons I’ve learned along the way with you.
The most recent one came (as it often does), through my 7-year-old son.
When I was about to leave the house last week, all dressed up to go to a “For Your Emmy® Consideration” event + screening, featuring my work on Atypical (Netflix), he took one look at me from head to toe and said, “You’ve already won, Mommy.”
The smile on his face. The sound of his voice. The love in his heart. The wise words that he shared. All of it, hit me right in the heart.
It stopped me in my tracks, because he was right, on so many levels.
Here’s a quick glimpse back at some ups and downs of the last 6 months (and why you can begin today feeling that you’ve already won, too). (more…)
I’m beyond thrilled to share some exciting news with you…
I am in the running for an Emmy® nomination for my work on Atypical (Netflix).
For Your Emmy® Consideration:
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
It’s been so much fun to return to this amazing show each season + play a character who tries so hard to keep it all together, while things around her are falling apart (especially while getting my “jai-ho” on in a Bollywood dance workout).
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 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."
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!"
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."