How To Get More Done (Begin With This One Question)

    Now that the year is half over, would you like to make the second half of 2021 even better than the first half?

    If you set a goal in January + haven’t come close to achieving it, here’s why + how to change it.

    So often we have the best intentions + just before we go to take action, we allow fear to stop us.

    We rethink, review, + even remind ourselves of all of the reasons, it might not work.

    Or we procrastinate + we put off what we know would be good for us, until another day.

    From eating right, to exercising, to reaching out to someone, to diving into a creative project, often we associate more pain with actually doing a task, then the pleasure we will feel once it’s finished.

    This is all rooted in small thinking from the lower mind, which is always ego-based + born out of fear or judgment.

    Your ego doesn’t want you to change your lifestyle, test the waters, move outside of your comfort zone + alter anything on any level.

    But the higher mind is rooted in love.

    The higher mind is rooted in expansion.

    The higher mind is limitless + sees the big picture long before you do.

    So, maybe it’s time to ask yourself?  Am I operating from a place of love or fear?

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    Most people don’t know how to operate from the higher mind, which is always accessible to you + done easily through guided meditation.

    The expanded mind, your highest self, not only knows what is possible for you, but planted the idea in the first place to call you forward, to expand you and to invite you to where you want to go.

    You can get to where you want to go, but it requires (more…)

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    2 Things Every Actor Should Do This Summer (And Why It Will Help Your Career)

    Remember when you were a kid + you got so excited about the smallest of things?

    Riding your bike around the neighborhood.
    Eating popsicles on the front porch.
    Going to the beach.

    Remember how you were so engaged with what you were doing that the time just seemed to fly by while you were laughing + playing?

    Watching my kids run + skip down the path to the beach this week reminded me that there are…

    2 things every actor should do this summer:

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    Relax more. Play more. Start keeping the faith that you are on the right path. (more…)

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    10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

    To inspire you, I wanted to share the timeline of how we met (10 years before our first date!) and the 10 valuable life lessons I learned when I was single (amidst lots of tears + frustrations).

    I hope this helps you to know that even when things look like they might not be going your way, greater forces are at work in your life. (yes, even in your acting career!)

    I also hope my story will help you ask yourself these 3 questions today:

    What if my timing is divine?
    What if everything is unfolding exactly as it’s meant to?
    What if I started keeping the faith?

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    10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

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    How One Audition Led To 4 Seasons Of Atypical

    I’m back for my 4th season of Atypical (Netflix) and I want you to know that it all began with one audition that my agent (at the time) told me not to bother going on.

    Quick backstory: I had just come off of shooting a top-of-show guest star role on Grey’s Anatomy, and this role was a “possible recurring” on a show that no one had heard yet of called Atypical.

    My agent didn’t want me to be ‘out of the loop’ for pilot season, but after reading the sides, and wanting to meet a casting office I had never been seen by before, I said, “Nope, I’m going.”

    That “possible recurring” turned into four seasons of a role I have adored playing on a show that has uplifted and inspired fans all over the world.  My heart is full and I’m thrilled to be back.

    Get all the details here.

    I hope this reminds you to listen to your intuition and then speak up for yourself.

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    The Real Key To True Happiness

    I’ve been pausing more lately, without distraction from devices.

    I’ve been listening to birds sing in my backyard, marveling at the freckles on my children’s faces and enjoying mindful moments where I deeply and sincerely appreciate my life.

    And it seems the more I do this, the happier I become and the more unexpected wonderful surprises start to show up. (In the form of auditions, helpful people + exciting offers).

    So, just for today, give yourself the gift of a mindful moment. How?

    Put the phone down.
    Go outside.
    Take in the scenery.
    Love yourself, right where you are.
    Just for today, let go of needing anything to be different.

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    Why Waiting To Hear “Booked It” To Feel Good Works Against Actors

    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?

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    3 Tips When You Feel Lost + Overwhelmed

    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. 

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    Helping Thousands Of Creatives: Wendy Braun Is Featured In Forbes

    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.

    Read the full Forbes interview here.  

    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.”

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    How To Rock Every Self Tape (NOW)

    Are you starting the week feeling empowered, uplifted, inspired, informed and ready to rock your self-tapes and auditions?

    Everyone who attended my free Live masterclasses this weekend is starting this Monday ready to rock (and I want you to feel the same).

    Did you miss me LIVE?  No worries, the replay is ready!
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    5 Core Secrets To Becoming A Successful Working Actor Click here to watch the replay.

    Here’s what some actors were saying in the chat:

    I know you’ll feel the same (in less time it takes to watch a movie). Click here to watch the replay.

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