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What Self-Taping Really Looks Like

Been nailing your self-tapes lately?  Or are you having moments where you scream, swear, laugh and cry – all inside of a minute?  I sure have.

I’m keeping it real today, and sharing this with you, so you know we ALL have days where we just want to scream and cry, no matter how long we’ve been doing this! Myself included!

Yep, this was me recently while attempting to self-tape a comedy audition as a “flirty cougar.”

(And this was smack in the middle of me shooting my 4th season of Atypical).

So, I hope this helps you know, it’s okay to have your moments and I encourage you to get it out. ???

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes reveal of what self-taping really looks like…
(the moments most working pros won’t ever show you). 

The good news here is that my exceedingly patient husband always makes me laugh and knows when + how to reign in a former dancer by just shouting out “Fosse, Fosse, Go.”  (That came out of nowhere, but every performer knows her cues!)

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How To Eliminate Self-Tape Overwhelm…

Do you get that feeling of pure joy and simultaneous panic when you see an email from your reps that says “SELF TAPE REQUEST?”

Do you check the due date immediately + start rescheduling your day to make your audition the new priority?

I hope so.  That’s what working pros are doing right now to compete at the highest level.

(That’s also how I booked a top-of-show guest star on Grey’s Anatomy off a self-tape).

Look, we all know self-taping is here to stay.

And 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  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 to make sure you, my loyal reader, can access it for free!

You can download your Self Tape Success Checklist here for free

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 alliteration).

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What To Do If You Have The Post-Oscar Blues

If you watched the Oscars last night, and it left you feeling inspired + hopeful for the possibilities ahead for you – awesome.

But if you turned off the TV + went to bed wondering…

  • Will it ever happen for me?
  • What do I do to get to where I want to go?
  • How will I ever achieve my biggest dreams?

Here’s what you need to know…

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Yep, the only way to get to where you want to go (no matter where that is) is to first make peace with where you are.

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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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