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Exciting Emmy® Update + Big Announcement For You!

Tonite, nomination-round voting closes for the 2020 Emmy® Awards.

I am honored to be up For Your Emmy® Consideration as “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical this season.  What an amazing ride it has been doing this show.  Thank you for all of the shoutouts + sweet support.

You can view the clips or share the love here.

I know you’re reading this blog because you want insights, inspiration + tangible tools to help you thrive daily in your life and acting career.

What I love (as much as reaching new milestones in my own career), is helping other actors to shine + succeed as well.

When I know that something I have learned on my own journey can help you skip years of struggle + frustration, I get excited to share it.

In fact, I have created a success mindset routine and daily practice, that has not only helped me make my living solely from acting for over 2 decades (including 80 IMDb credits, currently enjoying my 3rd year recurring on Atypical (Netflix) + the recent For Your Emmy® Consideration status), but it’s also the same routine that has now helped countless actors build careers while navigating the ups + downs of actor life (yes, even amidst a global pandemic).

And I’ve decided to break down the exact method I’ve used to create momentum, map it out in a brand-new free training and teach it LIVE online + you’re invited!

Join me for this special online event:

3 Keys To Creating Momentum
(How To Be Unstoppable + Thrive Through Uncertainty)
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If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, distracted and letting the uncertainty (in the world or our industry) derail you lately, I get it.  

That’s why I created this new free training, to show you exactly what to do daily to manage your sanity + become unshakeable, even in the current climate + conditions.

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How To Create Momentum Amidst Uncertainty

Have you been feeling off your game lately or finding it hard to focus? I get it.

What usually stops us from moving forward on any given day might feel like external circumstances, but ultimately it all begins within.

It’s understandable that in times of uncertainty, you might wake up in the morning and one of the following is going on in your mind.

  1. You’re filled with fear.
  2. You’re failing to focus.
  3. You’re fueled by false beliefs.

Why? The mind is rooted in limitation + fear.

But the heart is rooted in expansion + love.

When we are born, we are all heart + pure love, but as we get older, we start operating from the mind.

Over time, that limited mind voice gets louder and the heart voice becomes a whisper we almost can’t hear.

You want to create momentum in your life or your career, but all too often, your action gets drowned out by mental logic, other’s opinions + historical thinking about how it’s gone for you in the past.

That is what stops you. It’s what stops all of us from moving forward.

I’ll show you how it works….and you can turn up the volume of the heart today.

Click the video below + learn 9 ways your limited mind is keeping you stuck, and what your expanded heart really wants you to know. (more…)

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For Your Emmy® Consideration (How I Booked The Role)

This week, Emmy-nomination round voting begins.

I’m so excited to share the news that I am up For Your Emmy® Consideration as “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical this season.

Today, I want to share the story of how I booked the role (that has led to three seasons of playing this hilarious character).

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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 cast me because I’m too ________ (young, old, tall, quirky, etc).” Or fill in the blank with whatever you tell yourself in these situations.

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Navigating Your #Actorlife

I wanted to share some recent posts to help you navigate your #actorlife these days.

I know that out of great challenges also come great solutions and that our best weapon in the midst of chaos is a calm mind.

So here’s a revisit to some free gifts, some insights, and some inspiration I’ve shared recently.

I hope it helps you thrive through uncertainty + gets you ready to find your light again + shine it even brighter.

Click the link that speaks to you the most today.

I hope it’s exactly what you need.

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The Biz Is Back! (A Free Gift To Get You Ready)

The biz is back!  On Friday, June 12th, here in California we got the green light that production can resume after the COVID-19 shutdown.

I know that my amazing community of actors are all over the world, but now that Hollywood production is slowly returning, that’s a good sign that other cities may get back to work in the coming weeks + months soon too.

I want to celebrate by sending a free gift that will help you to compete at the highest level in our “new normal.”

One thing every actor must be ready to rock? The Self Tape.

I know so many actors who are feeling overwhelmed with all they have to think about in order to submit a pro-level self-tape that really stands out.

It’s definitely not the same as simply walking into a live audition.

Of course you want to give your best performance, but now you have to make sure the sound, lighting, framing and other technical aspects are at a top professional level too.

There’s definitely a lot of noise out there right now on what to do and what not to do, and so I decided to put together one simple checklist to make it easy to deliver self-tape success.

Every. Single. Time.

I created this Self-Tape Success Checklist and I wanted you, my loyal reader, to be the first to have it, for free!

You can download your Self Tape Success Checklist here for free (no opt-in required).

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Here’s a sneak peak at all you’ll need to cover to deliver awesome self-tapes (and of course, I made it into an acronym).  (more…)

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Being A Beacon Of Light + Love ❤️

This past week has brought me to my knees so many times.

In light of the current events around racism and social injustice, I want to lovingly remind you that everything I create (whether it’s a program or a post) will always come from a space that stands for love, inclusion, diversity, unity, peace, compassion and acceptance.

And yet, I too, have so much more to learn on the topic of racism.

If you want to educate yourself and take action, but aren’t sure where to begin, a friend shared this helpful guide: Anti-Racism Resource List Click Here To View.

I know that racism is taught.  I know that it begins in the home.

This past week, I watched my 8-year-old son prepare his speech for his online 3rd grade class.

In a sea of famous people – former Presidents, artists and musicians, scientists, and more – he chose Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I cried at his timely choice and that he made it all on his own.
I cried helping him find quotes and talking about what they meant.
I cried explaining to him why I was crying, and though progress was made back then, there’s still so much more work to do.
I cried at the unity of 50 states and 18 countries coming together for one important cause.
I cried at the thought that his generation might actually experience (and become) the change that the world is asking for right now.

Change is upon us, and we are all feeling it.

Change is also messy, emotional, uncertain, painful + requires deep discomfort to really grow, learn and evolve.

So many feelings are coming up.  We are seeing this on a global level and we are feeling it on an individual level.

As artists, I know we are feeling it, because that’s what we do. We feel. We empathize.  We emote.  We seek to understand the human condition.

But I also want to also remind you, that although we live in the digital age, you are not required to process your emotions in public.

Of course, I do hope you are taking time to process your emotions, release them in a way that is healthy and then do what feels best for you.

We all process things differently and we are all called to different actions that will drive us to different lanes.

Your lane might be writing.
Your lane might be donating.
Your lane might be protesting.
Your lane might be organizing.
Your lane might be volunteering.
Your lane might be painting a mural.
Your lane might be a dance or a song.
Your lane might be forwarding petitions.
Your lane might be talking to your children.
Your lane might be making a compelling video.
Your lane might be educating yourself in a new way.
Your lane might be tending to your own mental health.
Your lane might be doing what you can to stay sober today.

Some things to keep in mind:
1) Everyone’s lane is different.
2) Your lane might change from day to day.
3) Don’t feel guilty that you “should be” in all of the other lanes.  It’s impossible.
4) Don’t worry about directing the traffic in the other lanes.

If we want to bring compassion, acceptance + love into the world, we must begin with ourselves.  

So don’t judge yourself for whatever lane you are riding in on any given day.

As you soften your own self-judgment, and then let go of judging others for what they are doing or not doing, you are actually helping create the change that we are all seeking.

Be a beacon of love + light in whatever lane is calling you right now, and know that it does have a ripple effect.

And as the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

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This goes for how you treat yourself and others.

Be kind to yourself this week.

Be kind to others who don’t agree with you this week.
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What To Do When You’re Not Feeling Good

With all that’s going on in the world right now (and especially in the U.S.), I hope you know that it’s okay…to not feel okay.

For me, when I’m not feeling good, I make it my mission to tune inward before taking action. 

I’ve realized that taking emotional inventory before jumping into circumstances that don’t feel aligned to me is the key, but it takes conscious awareness.

Our emotions serve as an important internal guidance system, and when we take the time to process what we’re feeling and why, we are able to make better decisions.

So, if you’re feeling unsteady, uneasy or unhappy today, listen to that, honor it and allow yourself the space today to then do what feels best to you.

You may discover that doing the things you “said you were going to do today,” just don’t feel good.  Maybe it all feels heavy right now.  And that’s ok.

You might need a break.
You might need a good cry.
You might need some time to simply process your emotions.

And all of it is okay.

Today, I’m sharing a personal story of something that happened recently, and how “not okay” I felt in the moment and what I did about it.

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⭐Wellness Gifts For You (+ Featured in Variety)⭐

I hope you are finding ways to ease any anxiety + improve your well-being during this time (and that you remember, there’s no “one way” to do this).

It’s been amazing to hear from so many people who are listening to my 15 minute free guided meditation. “Easing Anxiety + Improving Well-Being” + telling me “I felt better after 15 minutes of listening to your audio, than I had in weeks.”  

This is music to my ears, especially in the midst of all that is going on in the world. 

Download + listen to it here. 

And if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, before you attempt another week of getting “busy doing more,” download my “Well-Being To-Do List”

This will serve as a quick reminder (and perhaps the permission slip you need) to reevaluate, recalibrate + redesign your life to make what matters most to you the main priority. 

It has always been my mission to help actors thrive through uncertainty, and now, more than ever, I’m aware that taking care of our own mental health + wellness, must be at the top of our list.

Once you begin your day in ways that empower you (and have tools to realign your mind), you’ll actually feel better and even be more productive.

I’m thrilled to see that this mental health + wellness message is expanding throughout our community + the world. 

I’m honored to be featured (alongside Arianna Huffington) in Variety + wanted to share the news with you here too.

It’s part of an ongoing series from entertainment industry insiders, and if you scroll down on this volume of the Corona Chronicles, you’ll find my featured piece.

Corona Chronicles: Arianna Huffington Raises Money for First Responders, Stars Use TV and Movies as Escapism and Other Personal Stories

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This has been an eye-opening and emotional time for all of us, I know.

Being able to connect with you, uplift you + shine some light in all of the darkness has helped me more than you know.
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Thriving Through Uncertainty

I know how easy it is to want the external conditions to change, so we can feel better.

And I know how much uncertainty is prevalent on the planet right now + we all feel it.

Uncertainty in the world (or in our acting careers) can make us feel unstable or unsure of the path ahead and even confused about what direction to take on any given day.

And all of this unsteadiness may bring up fears within us. I get it.

But what if we looked at our fears differently right now?

In this video, I’m sharing my best tips for thriving through uncertainty.

What if fear was simply an alert that you’re just out of alignment with your highest self and you’re allowing your mind to run looping thoughts?

What if fear is arising because you are starting to believe those looping stories as true?

What if it’s possible to be thriving through uncertainty? (more…)

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3 Steps For Feeling Good + Getting Stuff Done (Even Homeschooling)

A quick shout out to all the beautiful mothers out there – Happy (Belated) Mother’s Day!  

I am giving you a virtual hug to you today for all you are, all you give and all you do.  (And you’ll love today’s video, because I’m sharing my 3 step system I use at home to help homeschool my kids without all the meltdowns (for myself and them).

And if you’re not a mom, you’ll find that today’s video will help you to set your day up in a way that makes you feel good and gives you the motivation to get stuff done.

If you have lost your mom, I know that Mother’s Day (and any day) can be tough.  I lost my mom 10 years ago, so I get it.  I know that your mother’s light shines through you and I do believe that when you think of her, it’s because she thought of you first.

If you’re an actor who is thinking “can I really have a career and a family?” I’m here to tell you 100%…YES.  It requires an awesome partner, a calendar, flexibility and a sense of humor (for starters), but it is possible.

I do remember being pregnant with my first son, though not showing yet, and after a day of multiple auditions, I came home, cried on the floor + said to my husband, “How on earth am I going to do this when I have a baby?”

Like everything uncertain (pandemics, acting careers, motherhood) you will figure it out as you go.

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